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Jihye Lee Quintet

September 29, 2021



A composer/arranger Jihye Lee brings her all-female, Korean jazz quintet to ShapeShifter Lab to perform an elegy for victims of anti-Asian hate crimes, including a special dedication to the women of the recent tragedy in Atlanta, GA. Lee will present her original compositions as well as arrangements of well-known songs.


Jihye Lee – Composer, Arranger and Voice

Hayoung Lyou – Keys

Haeun Joo – Piano

Jeonglim Yang – Bass

Lesley Mok – drums


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About Jihye Lee

Jihye Lee is a jazz composer and bandleader based in New York, highly regarded for her personal and adventurous storytelling approach to large-ensemble jazz. The Village Voice praised her first album April for its “chamber-like textures, involved harmony and sectional counterpoint, and persistent rhythmic drive.” Daring Mind (on Motema Music), the follow-up, is produced by the innovative composer and Secret Society bandleader Darcy James Argue, with renowned trumpeter Sean Jones appearing as a special guest. It presents compositions from Lee’s Mind Series, including her BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize-winning “Unshakable Mind”.  The music reflects her struggles, doubts, and hopes while living in the amazing city of New York.


A native of South Korea, Lee had no jazz or classical training growing up, though she found success in Korea performing as an indie pop singer. She discovered her love of large-ensemble jazz only after beginning her studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2011. After Berklee she moved to New York in 2015 and earned a master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of the great Jim McNeely. In addition to the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize and Manny Albam Commission in 2018, Lee has received the 2020 ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize. She has written music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz.



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