Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

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2022 Cycle 2 Award Winner Lisa Sung

2022 Cycle 2 Award Winner Lisa Sung

Posted March 7, 2023

As a JSJA Artistic Development Awards recipient, Lisa Sung will travel with west Michigan based jazz musicians to Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam, three countries that suffered colonial rule. She will select folk melodies and children’s songs composed during the colonial period, and arrange them together with local musicians, and perform and hold master classes. These songs are melodic, catchy, and simple. Yet, according to Lisa’s research, these melodies especially children’s songs from the colonial period have the hopes and dreams of the people deeply embedded in them. By arranging these songs in jazz compositions and performing them in the respective countries, Lisa would like to demonstrate jazz’s ability to embrace and express the hopes and dreams of local people, and foster appreciation for jazz in the countries. Upon returning, Lisa will perform these songs for west Michigan audiences at Hope College, Calvin University and Central Michigan University. Lisa seeks to demonstrate jazz’s ability to express the hopes and dreams of diverse cultures and people, and to encourage and arouse people’s interest in global jazz music.

Submitted by Lisa Sung

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The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization, honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music.

The organization funds:

  • Advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians
  • Concerts, competitions and projects that expand jazz audiences and the appreciation of jazz in or near communities in the Midwest