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“one of the brightest young stars in jazz.” – Jazziz

 

Downbeat calls her “The Jazz Warrior-Goddess” for her unmatched skill and ferocity. Piano wizard and composer Connie Han brings a fiery, contemporary style to the jazz piano pantheon. Consequently, she captivates listeners with her innovative approach.

In 2019, she was named a Steinway Artist, a prestigious acknowledgment of her impact in the jazz world. Her charismatic playing is fully displayed in 2022’s Secrets of Inanna. This third album dynamically portrays Inanna, an ancient Sumerian goddess of Love, Beauty, and War, blending music with mythical storytelling in a unique and engaging way.

Furthermore, Han’s youthful interpretation shines in the piano trio idiom. The drum-piano tradition, once pioneered by legends like Chick Corea with Roy Haynes and McCoy Tyner with Elvin Jones, thrives in her collaborations. In particular, her interplay with drummer Bill Wysaske stands out. Their chemistry has greatly enriched Han’s career. Additionally, Wysaske contributes to concept development, production, composition, and arrangement across all her albums.

Moreover, Secrets of Inanna delves into the myth of the goddess’s journey into her soul’s abyss: the underworld. According to the legend “The Descent of Inanna,” her prophetic evolution and quest require immense suffering. This journey leads to her rebirth as the Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Han values the power of myth in living a grounded life as an artist and individual. The wisdom from epics like “The Descent of Inanna” deeply influences her work. Through her musical journey, she finds music a sanctuary and a steadfast truth. Therefore, she aims to inspire and encourage audiences of all ages with her jazz piano storytelling, using her platform to weave ancient narratives into her performances, enriching modern jazz’s cultural landscape.

Recommended for Fans of Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Brad Mehldau and Hiromi.

LEARN MORE: https://www.conniehan.com/

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