"Emy Tseng has honed a beguiling sound steeped in jazz and the sensuous rhythms and melodies of Brazil," Andrew Gilbert, Sonho Liner Notes
"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 Audio
"Sonho is Tseng's recording debut and it marks her as one to watch in the Brazilian jazz category. She proves her worth through clean, clear and buoyant takes on music by the usual Brazilian composer suspects..." Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
With the release of her debut recording 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.