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Bittersweet Tenderness: Korean Jazz Vocalist Youn Sun Nah's US Tour Visits DC's Howard Theatre



The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is pleased to introduce celebrated Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah, whose U.S. tour is set to land in the nation’s capital on September 14 for a memorable performance at the historic Howard Theatre.

When: Sunday, Sept. 14 @ 8 pm
Where: Howard Theatre (620 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
Tickets (required): available via www.ticketmaster.com ($25 Advance, $30 Door)
Inquiries: info@7000miles.net


In Korean, it’s called han—an elusive but poignant feeling, the bittersweet longing mixed with shades of pleasant melancholy. A similar emotion pervades lusophone music as saudade, and ducks in and out of the blues. That feeling first hit Korean-born, Paris-honed singer Youn Sun Nah as a young woman, when she listened to Brel and Brassens, and the great chanson singers. Years later, she perfected her precise, delicate, utterly dedicated approach to transmitting that enigmatic yearning. She moved to France to pursue her love of jazz and discovered a circle of like-minded top European jazz players to buoy her efforts.

On her latest album, Lento (ACT Music, 2014) and now on her first West Coast tour, Nah and guitarist Ulf Wakenius (who long played with the late great Oscar Peterson) explore Nah’s ongoing fascination with jazz, pop, Korean folk, Western classical, and even metal and industrial music (Nah has covered songs by Metallica and Nine Inch Nails, among others).

The Korean Cultural Center is sharing information about this local event as a courtesy to those who may be interested.