Jazz and Brazilian Vocals
"Emy Tseng has honed a beguiling sound steeped in jazz and the
sensuous rhythms and melodies of Brazil," Andrew Gilbert, jazz critic
for JazzTimes, SF Chronicle, Boston Globe.
"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
With the release of her debut album "Sonho" (Dream), DC-based singer
Emy Tseng establishes herself as a foremost interpreter of modern and
Brazilian 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.