South Korea / Sweden
How secretive and appealing foreign things can be sometimes! When Youn Sun Nah listened to French chansons on cassette tapes at her high school in Korea, she was taken: She wanted to go to the country where this evocative, elegant language which she did not understand is spoken. She wanted to learn something about the music. She went to Paris in 1995, studied literature, then singing and came to jazz—because jazz is the origin of popular music. A jazz singer, she realised, can sing simply everything. That is what Youn Sun Nah did from then on: pieces by Nat King Cole, Nine Inch Nails and songs from her Korean homeland can be found in her repertoire; she breathes them, tells them with a dramatic voice which depicts the most different moods, gentle and strong, quiet and full of raw energy. She has had immense success with this for a long time, and not only in her adopted home country France. Her records are released on the Berlin Act label, most recently the Album “Lento.” One of her favourite partners on stage is the guitarist Ulf Wakenius, himself a delicate and highly sought-after musician who has worked with Steve Coleman and Oscar Peterson. With his precise, reduced style of playing he offers the ideal stage for an expressive singer like Youn Sun Nah. The two of them can be experienced at the Enjoy Jazz Festival for the second time already.