November 10, 2011 – 8:00 am

It’s not just home appliances and flat screens but creative artists rising from the East.

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Billancourt, France 2011 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Carré Belle Feuille de Boulogne Billancourt, France, October 13, 2011. Ex FM stereo.

“At Youn Sun Nah’s 2009 debut in Munich’s Unterfahrt jazz club, the audience went against tradition and arose for a standing ovation during the interval, not even waiting for the concert to finish. Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung called her the ‘discovery of the season’ and wrote, ‘there has not been something so brilliant, interesting and virtuosic in jazz singing for a long time’. She won the Audience Prize in the BMW Welt Jazz Awards as well as the hearts of Germany’s jazz fans on her extensive JazzToday tour. Rarely has a singer taken Germany so by storm as the Korean artist Youn Sun Nah has with her ACT debut Voyage.” (from

Youn Sun Nah is back with Ulf Wakenius to promote their latest album, Same Girl. Don’t expect Norah Jones. Sun Nah has a habit of scatting and yodelling, stretching her vocals to the limits. Ulf seems to like this, following her every twist and turn with equal dexterity on his guitars, acoustic or electric.

Ulf is no backing guitarist but a virtuoso as this performance displays convincingly.

Sun Nah is from a musical South Korean family. Her father is an orchestra conductor, her mother a singer. She started in classical music but since her move to Paris in 1995, has focused her talent on jazz singing. Cleverly, Sun Nah offers an assortment of covers from Sting, Tom Waits, Metallica to Randy Newman. His Same Girl is the title of her latest album.

Ulf is a Swedish guitarist and former member of the Oscar Peterson quartet from 1997. He was also a member of the Ray Brown trio and has solo albums to his credit.

Together with Sun Nah, the pair are hot not only in France, but in time to the rest of the world. The Tom Waits cover (Jockey Full Of Bourbon) gets a mournful take like a death lament, tracks like Egberto Gismonti’s Frevo is given a full on vocal cover with Sun Nah scatting, Metallica’s Enter Sandman… doesn’t sound like Metallica. Sacrilege? Nah, just unconventional. Then listen to the final track, Sun Nah solo, singing Randy Newman’s Same Girl with just a kalimba[?] for accompaniment.

That’s confidence. A star is born.
- Professor Red

Thanks to watten who shared the show on DIME.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Untitled (Guitar solo) (11.8MB)
Track 02. Message In A Bottle (Police) (9.4MB)
Track 03. (fade in) Calypso Blues (Nat King Cole) (5.4MB)
Track 04. Frevo (Part 1) (E. Gismonti) (3.9MB)
Track 05. Frevo (Part 2) (5.9MB)
Track 06. Frevo (Part 3) (2.3MB)
Track 07. Uncertain Weather (5.6MB)
Track 08. Kangwondo Arirang (Korean traditional) (7.5MB)
Track 09. Breakfast In Baghdad - Part 1 (4.1MB)
Track 10. Breakfast In Baghdad - Part 2 (12.1MB)
Track 11. Avec le Temps (Léo Ferré) (11.0MB)
Track 12. Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits) (9.8MB)
Track 13. Enter Sandman (Metallica) (7.3MB)
Track 14. Same Girl (Randy Newman) (5.3MB)
TT: 73m

Breakfast In Baghdad, Enter Sandman, Same Girl, Uncertain Weather, Kangwondo Arirang can all be found in studio versions on the duo’s Same Girl album.

Youn Sun Nah (vocals, kazoo)
Ulf Wakenius (guitar)

Most of the songs from the performance find their studio counterparts in the 2010 album by Youn Sun Nah and Ulf Wajenius, Same Girl. Buy it here.

  1. 8 Responses to “THE RISING”

  2. Another great discovery. Never heard of this lady.Her cover versions are unique and her singing voice a real suprise to me. Thank you guys for give me the opportunity to hear this fascinating young artist. Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Nov 10, 2011

  3. Hi, having some problems with Track 10. It seems to be too quiet compared with the others. I redownloaded it and have the same problem. Any help on your end would be great. Very interesting post. Nice stuff!

    By John Branin on Nov 11, 2011

  4. Hello John

    Thanks for your note. Unfortunately, that’s how it was in the original file.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 11, 2011

  5. Hello John

    Made an error while converting the track. Am working on the amended track.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 11, 2011

  6. Hello John

    Have uploaded the amended Track 10. Apologies for the inconvenience.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 11, 2011

  7. Another bout of joy. Keep on trucking BigO with all these great sounds. If you haven’t heard this lady. DO IT NOW.

    By Creatist on Dec 27, 2011

  8. She is magnificent

    By madbaddad on Jun 27, 2015

  9. 3 & 12 no Server ?

    By Eddie_1412 on Aug 6, 2015

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