South-Korean Sun-Mi Hong started drumming when she was 17. Following her studies at the prestigious Howon University in Gunsan, she went to the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she followed one of Europe’s most respected jazz programs. Sun-Mi was influenced by the music of Brian Blade, Ari Hoenig and Roy Haynes, among others. In 2017 she recorded her self-released debut album First Page. One year later she won the Dutch Jazz Competition with her quintet. According to the jury report “the group is the most organic in an emotional, playful and spiritual way and with the right attitude.” In the summer of 2020, she released her wonderful second album Second Page: A Self-Strewn Portrait, for which she received an Edison Award. The Sun-Mi Hong Quintet will grab you with compositions that are filled with catchy melodies and dramatic explosive parts, alongside mysterious impressionistic patterns of sounds and irregular tempos.