Hyeonseon Baek

Longing (You&Me Music)

Hyeonseon Baek is A New York-based Jazz vocalist/songwriter from South Korea who focuses on striving to create music that transcends cultural and generational boundaries, blending traditional Jazz with a modern approach for our diverse and vibrant audience.

In 2019, he completed his bachelor of music degree in the Netherlands with Holland-national excellence scholarships. He was the first vocal student who managed to shorten the four-year education track to three years and graduated one year earlier than expected. In his last year of undergraduate, he got a chance to go to New York City with travel funds from the university. He was inspired and shocked by its intense art scene and how diverse cultures can be mixed and growing together in New York City.

Afterward, he moved to the United States and received his master of music degree from the prestigious New England Conservatory with a merit scholarship and the beneficent Society Scholarship. He studied with Dominique Eade, and through his time at N.E.C., he had a chance to work with great jazz titans such as Dave Holland, Cecil McLorin Salvant, Michael Mayo, Jason Moran, and more.

Hyeonseon is a recipient of the “Honorable Mention, Ran Blake Foundation Music Award,” 2020, and a recipient of “the Honor Scholarship, Seoul National University Alumni Association of New England” 2021. In addition, he was a “Semi-Finalist both in the Riga international Jazz voice competition” 2019, and “7 Virtual Jazz Contest” 2024

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Personnel

Personnel:
Vocals - Hyeonseon Baek
Piano - Kevin Hays
Double Bass - Linda May Han Oh
Drums - Jochen Rueckert
Tenor Saxophone -Lucas Pino (1, 4, 6, 10)

Recorded on December 19, 2023 at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Recorded and Mixed by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering
Cover and CD design by You&Me Music
Session video by Four/Ten Media, LLC
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 10 are composed by Hyeonseon Baek, BMI

Track Listing

  1. 1.Caravan 5:26
  2. 2.Black Narcissus 5:01
  3. 3.Duke Ellington's Sound of Love 6:41
  4. 4.West 4th St (Kor) 4:03
  5. 5.Longing 5:16
  6. 6.My Temptation 5:01
  7. 7.Lush Life 6:45
  8. 8.A Timeless Place 7:30
  9. 9.Peace 5:56
  10. 10.West 4th St (Eng) 3:59

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