Emy Tseng

Emy Tseng

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA

DC-based singer "Emy Tseng has honed a beguiling sound steeped in jazz and the sensuous rhythms and melodies of Brazil," says jazz critic Andrew Gilbert.

Already critically acclaimed, Emy's debut album "Sonho" (Dream) will be released in February 2013.


With the upcoming release of her debut recording "Sonho" (Dream), DC-based singer Emy Tseng establishes herself as a foremost interpreter of modern and Brazilian jazz.

"Emy Tseng has honed a beguiling sound steeped in jazz and the sensuous rhythms and melodies of Brazil," Andrew Gilbert, music critic for JazzTimes, SF Chronicle, Boston Globe.

"...she has the charm, knowledge, technique, and creativity to make her a real contender. Sonho is a step in the right direction for this newcomer talent. Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"Tseng’s lyrical voice can be wistful or joyous, depending on the song. Sure of pitch and full of nuance, she really gets Brazilian rhythms, and vivaciously gives them their due." Rad Bennett, Ultra Audio

"... an expressive presentation that is raw, organic and honest" Brent Black, Critical Jazz

Emy sings in both Portuguese and English and is known for her music's relaxed vibe and sweet, wistful qualities. She regularly performs with DC's best jazz and Brazilian musicians.

Her musical influences include Paula Morelenbaum, Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, Astrud Gilberto, Kate McGarry, Gretchen Parlato, Jonatha Brooke and Everything But the Girl.

Emy began classical piano at age four and started singing in high school. She studied classical voice at the Longy School of Music and sang in early music ensembles in Boston and New York. In New York, she started her jazz studies with the esteemed jazz singer Jay Clayton. Her subsequent teachers include world-renowned Brazilian musicians: bassist Nilson Matta (Trio da Paz, Joe Henderson) in New York and pianist Marcos Silva (Flora Purim & Airto) in Berkeley, CA. Upon moving to DC three years ago, she quickly became part of the DC jazz scene and credits local musicians such as Matvei Sigalov, Wayne Wilentz, David Jernigan and Leonardo Lucini for mentoring her and helping her develop her musical voice.


Already critically acclaimed, Emy's debut album Sonho (Dream) will be released in February 2013.

Tracks include:
1. Aquelas Coisas Todas
2. Deixa
3. California Dreamin'
4. Berimbau
5. Coração Vagabundo
6. Brigas Nunca Mais
7. Helianthella (Little Sunflower)
8. Se Dependesse de Mim
9. I Thought About You
10. Na Beira do Rio
11. Close Your Eyes

Musicians include:
Emy Tseng - vocals, Matvei Sigalov - guitar and violin, Roberto Santos - percussion, Alejandro Lucini - drums, David Jernigan - acoustic bass, Wayne Wilentz - keyboards, Rogério Souza - guitar, Andy Connell - clarinet and soprano saxophone, Leonardo Lucini – electric bass, Bruno Lucini - percussion, Lyle Link - tenor saxophone

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