Here is an interview I did with Sriram Gopal from DCist.
"Given our fair city's rich jazz heritage, it's no surprise that D.C. has produced many great jazz vocalists. While they are not all native to the area, Shirley Horn, Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway all cut their teeth here in the nation's capital. So it's no surprise that within the explosion of talent the last decade has brought to the city, there are a number of excellent vocalists carrying on this deep tradition. Christie Dashiell, Lena Seikaly and Akua Allrich are just a few performers who are due for more widespread recognition. These artists, like many of their instrumentalist counterparts, are also spreading D.C.'s jazz reputation by putting out fine albums. Now, we can add another recording to the District's discography with Sonho, the debut release from vocalist Emy Tseng."
I was interviewed by local music blogger Thomas Vilms for his new project MUSICEUM. Watch now!
As many of you know, I'm releasing my debut album on February 5th. A number of musicians have asked me what online tools and resources I've used for the album release and promotion. Here's a list of the sites I've used:
Happy New Year everyone!
Reflecting back on 2012, I feel lucky to have seen so many great live jazz performances. DC had a number of top notch shows, with especially innovative programming by Jason Moran at the Kennedy Center, Brad Linde at the Atlas Theater and Omrao Brown at Bohemian Caverns. The DC Jazz Fest by Charles Fishman was a highlight as well. Also, kudos to Giovanni Russonello and Luke Stewart for supporting the local jazz scene through the CapitalBop blog and Jazz Loft series.
However, I was saddened by the closure of Utopia (hopefully they'll resurrect Brazilian Jazz Thursdays with the Wayne Wilentz Trio when it reopens), but happy that Tropicalia has started Sunday Carioca nights.
Also grateful for the easy access to NY, and opportunity to attend such historic events as the Billy Hart CD Release at Birdland, and Jason Moran solo show at the Whitney Biennial.
Here are 10 performances that particularly stand out in my mind:
I'm releasing my debut album early next year. I'm honored that renowned jazz critic Andrew Gilbert authored the liner notes. Here's a preview...
Hope everyone's 2011 is off to a great start! With the New Year comes a number of exciting music opportunities. On Jan 19, I'll be singing for the first time at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt. Also, I'm honored to be performing with interPLAY a musical ensemble for disabled adults along with an amazing band including Leo Lucini and Amy Bormet later this month at the Strathmore. I'm also returning to SOVA on Feb 9.
And most exciting of all, next month I'm finally going to Brazil! I'll be taking a Brazilian jazz workshop with esteemed bass player Nilson Matta of Trio da Paz. I'll be in Paraty and Rio so any tips would be appreciated.
And thanks to all of you who have supported my musical journey here in DC. I'm immensely grateful for the welcome I've received.
Lynford Morton, a tremendously talented photography instructor, took beautiful photos at the last
SOVA gig for his photo instruction blog FocalPointDC.
Check out photos on the blog post or his Flickr site.
Hi everyone, As many of you know, I moved to DC this past summer. Although I miss the Bay Area and all my friends and musicians I worked with, I'm happy to find a thriving music scene here. The exciting news is I've met some great DC Brazilian jazz musicians including Wayne Wilentz and his trio. In the meantime, getting my feet wet here, meeting musicians, hoping to line up some gigs. I'll keep you all informed. Beijos, Emy