Pianist & Composer Dabin Ryu set to release Wall

Dabin Ryu’s WALL release coming June, 1

The Month of May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Dabin Ryu is an award-winning jazz pianist from Seoul, South Korea. Dabin’s musical journey started at age 3 with classical piano. Eventually, Dabin became interested in jazz and contemporary styles of music, which she is now known for. After high school, Dabin attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition, ultimately graduating in 2018. She then continued her education at Manhattan School of Music, graduating with a master’s degree in Jazz Studies. As a student, Dabin was fortunate to study with Ralph Peterson, Joanne Brackeen, Francesca Tanksley, Kendrick Scott, Buster Williams, Neal Smith, Ted Rosenthal, and Phil Markowitz.

Throughout her career, Dabin has had the pleasure to perform with world-renowned artists such as Neal Smith, Rodney Jones, Kurt Elling, and Carl Allen, among others. Dabin’s performances have taken here worldwide. Performing at venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, Dizzy’s Club, Scullers, Harlem Stage, Berklee Performance Center, Williamsburg Music Center, CJ Azit, and many others.

Dabin is also an accomplished bandleader and composer. She has led international tours, most notably with the Dabin Ryu Quintet in 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. In 2021 Dabin released her debut album, Wall. She produced, composed, and arranged the entire project.

Dabin Ryu

Dabin Ryu’s debut album Wall features ten original compositions entirely composed, arranged, and produced by the pianist. The compositions settle within the jazz tradition yet refuse the conventional instrumentations of a classic jazz album. In this album, she captures the traces her life-long practice of music has left on her. “Wall Pt. 1” and “Wall Pt. 2” are written out entirely, abandoning the tradition of improvisation, exploring the intentionality and structure of a through-written composition. “Temple Run,” comparatively, falls squarely within the realm of hard bop jazz and showcases Ryu’s stylistic flexibility. While the compositions are diverse in terms of styles, they meld to communicate the vital characteristics of Ryu’s artistic vision.

PLAYERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Dabin Ryu – Piano
Nathan See – Alto Saxophone
Zoe Obadia – Alto Saxophone
Benjamin Young – Bass
Willis Edmundson – Drums

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