For summer 2019, UCCA invites emerging experimental jazz musicians to present original work in a variety of spaces in UCCA’s newly renovated building. On May 11, UCCA welcomes the Kevin Sun Trio for a free public afternoon performance in UCCA’s Lobby.
With Kevin Sun on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Walter Stinson on bass, and Matt Honor on drums, the trio began playing together in 2016 in Brooklyn. Their self-titled first release, released in February 2018 on Endectomorph Music, documents their musical explorations into novel improvisational architectures, which feature interlocking rhythmic frameworks, drum chants, negative harmony, and extended transformations of transcriptions from the jazz canon. The trio has performed at major jazz venues in New York City such as The Jazz Gallery and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and will perform at UCCA as part their weeklong tour in Beijing in May 2019.
*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually.
Kevin Sun (Saxophonist, Improvisor, Composer, Writer)
Kevin Sun is a saxophonist, improvisor, composer, and writer living in New York City. Sun’s trio, established in 2016 and comprising of bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor, is documented on one album and performs regularly around the city. Sun also leads a quintet, and is involved in a number of co-led ensembles, including Earprint and Mute. His creative work to date has attracted attention from leading critical publications, including The New York Times, the Village Voice, DownBeat, The New York City Jazz Record, Audiophile Audition, PopMatters, and Stereogum, among others. He has performed in the bands of Dana Saul, Juanma Trujillo, and Xiongguan Zhang, among others, and performs frequently as a sideperson on the New York jazz and improvised music scenes. He has also performed extensively in Beijing and was named Artistic Director of the Blue Note Beijing Jazz Orchestra as of August 2018. Sun inaugurated his blog, A Horizontal Search, in 2012 and has written online for Music & Literature and Jazz Speaks, the official blog of The Jazz Gallery in New York City. Sun holds an A.B. in English from Harvard University and an M.M. in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Walter Ashford Stinson (Bassist-Composer)
Walter Ashford Stinson is a bassist-composer from Ithaca, NY. Beginning the study of upright bass at the age of 10, and growing up with a mother who would sing and play jazz standards at the piano, Walter was exposed to a diverse range of music from a young age. He was also fortunate to study with some unsung heroes of the New York City jazz scene, namely bassist Bernie Upson and drummer George Reed. Continuing his studies, Walter graduated cum laude from Purchase College with a B.A. in jazz performance. He has also studied privately with Nicholas Walker, John Clayton, Doug Weiss, Kermit Driscoll, Scott Colley, Larry Grenadier, and Todd Coolman and has performed with Hubert Laws, Rufus Reid, Antonio Hart, Chris Potter, and Arturo O'Farrill.
Matt Honor (Jazz Drummer)
Matt Honor is a jazz drummer based in Brooklyn, New York. Hailing from the frozen tundra of Plattsburgh, NY, Matt began his life in music at age nine by constructing elaborate drum sets out of his parents' cookware. Trained originally as a classical percussionist, Matt eventually shifted his focus to the drum set in a search for greater self expression on the instrument. Matt holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with master drummer John Riley and bassist Jay Anderson. In addition to performing with the Kevin Sun Trio, he is a member of the critically acclaimed quintet Cowboys and Frenchmen, and has been performing with D.C. based composer-songwriter Louis Weeks since 2015. In New York he has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe’s Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe, and ShapeShifter Lab, as well as the Kennedy Center, D.C. Jazz Festival, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.