Growing up in South Korea was difficult for the young Sun-Mi Hong, intent on a musical path
but experiencing restrictions and negativity. Drumming became a refuge, a place to escape
to. It took over her life and became an obsession for her. The sound and energy was a huge
inspiration and helped channel the emotions she was feeling.
Surrounded by negativity, criticism of her chosen path and pressure to follow a more
secure, traditional career, her persistence and resilience prevailed and she made the move,
a little over 10 years ago, to study in Amsterdam, an undertaking full of risk, facing a new
culture with barriers in spoken and musical language.
Step forward a decade and Sun-Mi has built a formidable reputation in her city, in the
Netherlands and beyond, and is fast cementing her position as one of the leading up-andcoming talents on the European scene.
Sun-Mi’s new record with her long-running quintet, balances meticulously crafted
compositions with investigations into the great unknown of improvised music. Each record
she’s released with the quintet up until this point, (First, Second and now Third Page:
Resonance), chronicles her life as an artist and her unique path to her goal.
Drifting between expressions of warmth and appreciation contrasted with moments of pure
passion and catharsis, this is an album that cannot be ignored – it demands your attention
and your focussed listening unlike anything else you are likely to hear.