Fri.08 - Sat.09  8pm & 10pm


Emy Tseng

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.