Daring Mind 
Jihye Lee Orchestra 

Full Album Release 3.26.2021
on Motema Music

First Single Struggle Gives You Strength 
Out now

April

Jihye Lee Orchestra

"April is the cruellest month..." - T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Jihye Lee’s first orchestra album, April, released in 2016, is a collection of uniquely crafted original compositions that reflect her individualism as a Korean-born jazz composer. The album draws from a richly varied sound palette to create a combination of fresh musical colors that simultaneously can startle and comfort. Listeners will experience a vivid array of shifting colors, the sonic equivalent of looking into a kaleidoscope. April invites the listener to participate in a world of imagination in a way that feels almost tangible.

April is co-produced by renowned composer and trumpet player Greg Hopkins, professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee, who is also a featured soloist. The orchestra's personnel are primarily Berklee faculty, including trumpeter Sean Jones and drummer Mark Walker.

This first album of orchestral works came to fruition rather miraculously, as it was entirely funded by donations from music lovers around the world using Kickstarter.

April was composed in response to the mysterious, yet poignant wreck, on 16 April 2014, of the Korean ferry Sewol, which sank en route from Incheon to Jeju, claiming the lives of 304 innocent passengers, most of whom were teenage children. This horrific and, for some, controversial event shocked the entire country, leaving its people haunted in the wake of this senseless tragedy. I had composed April Wind and Deep Blue Sea shortly before, and my apartment number was also 304; it was very strong coincidence giving me more conviction to bring April to life.

The music presented here echoes the yin-yang of human emotions. April reflects not only the misfortunate recounting of this catastrophe, but seeks to offer hope. In the context of this disaster, the month of April may certainly conjure feelings of anguish and despair, yet when viewed as part of the natural cycle, it is the month of life emerging.
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As The Night Passes

Jihye Lee

New York-based composer Jihye Lee, recipient of the 2018 Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, will present her album release show for As The Night Passes at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, October 13th. 

Unlike her previous jazz orchestra pieces, this album features a vocal and piano duo. Showcasing nine original compositions and one from guest composer Suji Kim, Lee recorded this album with two masterful pianists, Vardan Ovsepian and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate Yoonseung Cho.

Lee marries her singer-songwriter experience with jazz composition, forming As The Night Passes to give you an eclectic mix of haunting film noir sound and European modern jazz. Singing in English, Korean and wordless, Lee's warm voice whispers intimate stories throughout this emotional nighttime journey.
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