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Yonga Sun


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Yonga Sun is a musical chameleon. He is praised for his dynamic, inventive and adventurous drumming. Always on-the-edge and in-the-moment he keeps propelling the music to new levels.

Born and raised in Germany, he grew up right next to the famous “Leverkusener Jazztage”, a festival that gave him the chance to see great players and a wide variety of music during his teenage years. He practically lived in the local music school and at one point played in two big bands, several combos and a symphonic orchestra where he commanded five timpanies (the tuning of which had to be changed while playing! :-).

After high school he moved to Arnhem (the Netherlands) to study music and still lives there today.

He was named “Most Promising Student” at the Arnhem Conservatory in 2001 and won the “Dutch Jazz Competition” in 2005, including the “Best Soloist Prize”.

Ever since he discovered at the age of 15 he has cherished and caressed his musical love. Back then he didn’t understand the music, but felt that it was great. He’s found more and better ways to express his musicality, but still doesn’t know what it all means. :-)

Yonga is more of a powerful percussive colorist than a drummer in the traditional sense. To him music is like a beautifully flowing river. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, never the same, yet always clear. Communication and interaction are key elements in his approach, relying on daring and trust between the musicians. He utilizes an extreme dynamic range on his quest to combine simplicity and virtuosity.

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  • RussSargeant

    Hi Yonga, Great music - very creative and a fantastic vibe! I've connected you to the Group I lead, World Jazz. Hope that's ok! Russ Sargeant

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • dappelbaum

    Awesome music. Definitely give a listen if you haven't heard it. (Hi Yonga!)

    27 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Vladi_Drac

    Hi Yonga! Check out . Seems to me that her trio and Robinson, Freitag & Caruso are on the same wavelength :-) Grüße!

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • rhhammersley

    I really like the way the 3 of you play as a trio with the drums and bass doing as much to the music as the piano.

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • yongasun

    Robinson, Freitag & Caruso won the Dutch Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazz festival in 2005. In addition to that they also gave me the Best Soloist prize, even though I didn't play a solo. Funny! :-)

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • yongasun

    Hi Everybody! Thanks for listening to my music. I really appreciate that. If you want, let me know what you think about it. I'm interested! Cheers, Yonga

    24 Apr 2008 Reply