In many ways, Yuhan Su represents the voice of the new generation of jazz musicians. Thought she is firmly rooted in jazz traditions, her music is innovative, emotional, cerebral, and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations, are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing.
"It's been a pretty wild music journey. From learning J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schuman's music by playing piano, and getting highly inspired by Ravel, Debussy, Bella Bartok by studying composition, until my percussion study in the university and graudate school, John Cage, Steven Reich, Iannis Xenakis, Keiko Abe, Minoru Miki a lot of great contemporary composers' music walks into my ear. And after all this, it's jazz! Jazz is like a conclusion for me. I mean I got to learn the skill to conclude things and develope it in my own way. It's hard to explain the genre and style, but I just need to non-stop write and play. Let all this energy transform to something from here. Let imagination go farther and farther." Yuhan said.
Yuhan Su, a native of Taiwan, had her first exposure to music when she started learning piano at the young age of seven. She developed a passion for percussion at the age of ten, while keeping up her classical piano studies. In 2001, Yuhan entered the Taipei National University of Arts, majoring in Percussion and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. She continued to persue her musical studies and in 2008, graduated with a Masters in Music, majoring in Percussion from the same University.
In 2001-2003, Yuhan joined the Ju Percussion Group II and performed throughout Taiwan. She also held several percussion recitals during the years she studied at Taipei National University of the Arts. In 2005, she was invited to perform in Seoul, Korea as a member of the TNUA percussion ensemble. In 2006, she collaborated with a media artist and received the First Prize in Live Performance in Digital Arts Awards.
Yuhan devoted herself to writing original songs using the traditional dialect from her country, and in 2007 won First Prize with her band in the Hakka Music Competition, also receiving First Prize in the 2007 Original Songwriting Competition.
After she finished graduate school, she received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music and decided in 2008 to enroll in Berklee, majoring in Performance. She has studied jazz vibraphone with virtuosos Dave Samuels and Ed Saindon, and marimba with Nancy Zeltsman. In 2008, she received the prestigious award of "Most Active Mallet Player" from the percussion department. During her time at Berklee, she maintained regular performances with Jazz and Latin Jazz bands as well as her own quartet and sextet. She also served as Timpanist in the Video Game Orchestra (VGO) for well over a year.
Currently, Yuhan plays with her own trio group "Yuhan Su Trio" around Boston and New York City. The trio is with an innovative instrumentation including vibraphone/malletKAT, guitar and drums.
Linkshttp://www.yuhansu.com -- Yuhan Su Website
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpS4d26JrzQ&feature=youtu.be -- YouTube Video featuring the Yuhan Su Trio