March 20: Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia Releases New CD Featuring Korean Piano Prodigy Yoonseung Cho


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Bohemian (Dash Hoffman Records, March 20, 2012 Release) is the new CD by Los Angeles vocalist/educator Cathy Segal-Garcia. It's her first recorded collaboration with Korean jazz pianist Yoonseung Cho.

“How did I meet Cho?" asks Cathy. “Well, I've hosted and created vocal workshops in L.A., every month, since around 1996. Several years ago, I hosted one with Gretchen Parlato, and she brought Cho to play piano as one of her accompanists. I was blown away by their wonderful musicianship! Later on, I learned that Joon Lee (a former student, a dear friend, and a musical colleague—who is also the proprietor of The Blue Whale jazz club) was singing around town with Cho. Shortly afterward I started playing with Cho as well.Cho is joyful in his playing, sensitive, improvisational, and harmonically adventurous... I love and admire these traits in musicians. Cho had been living and working in the U.S. but had to return to Korea. Before he left, we decided we really should go into the studio and just put down a few things, to document our musical relationship."

Bohemian is the result.

A few words about the songs on Bohemian. First, let me say there are no overdubs on this recording. It was 2 days of joyous and non-judgemental improvisation, within song structure! We hadn't planned to record a full project...we just wanted to document our musical relationship before Cho left living in Los Angeles, returning to Korea. It was definitely a project that was meant to be!

About Cathy Segal-Garcia

Boston-bred, LA-based singer/composer/producer/educator Cathy Segal-Garcia has loved jazz since the age of five. Surrounded by a musical family, she was exposed to many different musical experiences, both as a listener and performer, which eventually led her to enroll at the renowned Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Flute as well as Arranging & Composition. Though she enjoyed the older-style jazz, she also embraced her own choices—influences such as cool jazz, modern jazz, Latin, and funk ... Miles Davis, Weather Report, Aretha Franklin, Modern Jazz Quartet, Chick Corea, Chaka Khan, Bill Evans, Tower of Power, John Abercrombie, et al. Ms. Segal-Garcia has made seven CDs under her own name, composed over 50 songs, and is the co-founder of the Jazz Vocal Coalition and The California Pop & Jazz Council (www.capopandjazzcouncil.com), of which she is the President. She is the host (for the past 10 years) of an internationally known jazz jam session in Los Angeles. She has, for the last 15 years, created a workshop series every month, featuring herself and other visiting artists. She is a consistent performer, as well as a respected vocal clinician & teacher—worldwide. Presently she is the jazz vocal professor at Cal State University Los Angeles.

About Yoonseung Cho

Yoonseung Cho was born 1973 in Seoul, Korea and at age 14 moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his parents, where he studied classical music at C.L.B Nacional Conservatory. Later he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston (1996-2000), and studied with Paul Schmeling and Hal Crook as well as with Jerry Bergonzi and John Lockwood at the New England Conservatory. From 2001-03, he was selected by Herbie Hancock to attend the exclusive Thelonious Monk Institute at USC, where he studied with Dave Holland, Lewis Nash, Kenny Barron, John Scofield, and Terence Blanchard. Currently, Cho works with the Ron King Quartet and Big Band, participating in festivals worldwide including the Umbria Jazz, Java Jazz, and Tri-C Jazz. Cho has released his own CDs for the Sound Sketch and Woong-Jin Media labels in Korea.

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