She will share the bill with former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins and painter Makoto Fujimura, former member of the National Council on the Arts and winner of the NEA Chairman’s Medal (2009).
Helen Sung has been called “one of the brightest emerging stars in jazz today.” Her music is described as “marvelously imaginative,” “astonishing;” and her CD Helenistique (Fresh Sound Records) was praised as “…one of the year’s most exciting listens” (JazzTimes). She won the Kennedy Center’s 2007 Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, and her latest CD, Sungbird, after Albniz, is on Sunnyside Records. Helen has worked with such jazz masters as Clark Terry, Steve Turre, and legendary composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter – and with such jazz luminaries as Regina Carter, Steve Wilson, and T.S. Monk.
She has also performed with the Charles Mingus Big Band, Diva, and is a current member of Clark Terry’s “Big Badd” Big Band. In addition to her work as a sideman, Helen is an accomplished bandleader. She was a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s acclaimed NPR Piano Jazz show and XM Satellite’s In the Swing Seat with Wynton Marsalis.
International Arts Movement is a non-profit arts and culture advocacy organization founded in 1991 by painter and author Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura served on the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2008, and was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman’s Medal in January 2009. For more information about International Arts Movement and Encounter 09, visit iamencounter.com.
Tickets are $55 (general seating). To purchase tickets, visit tribecapac.org. Performance is Friday, February 27, at 7:30 pm, at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (BMCC), 199 Chambers St.