The intimate melodies of Youn Sun Nah

Audio 48:29

SessionLab with Youn Sun Nah.


By: Hortense Volle

3 mins

For SessionLab, Hortense Volle met a star of vocal jazz, the South Korean artist Youn Sun Nah.

A podcast in his image: elegant, moving and with a lot of music in it.

Listen with headphones (3D audio).


Youn Sun Nah was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea.

After studying literature and foraying into a fashion company, this Francophile song lover began studying jazz and singing at the age of 26.

It was when he arrived in France in 1995.

Today internationally recognized as a star of vocal jazz, Youn Sun Nah impresses with his virtuosity, the emotion of his interpretations and his eclecticism: able to move elegantly from a crystalline sound to a powerful bass, his repertoire includes standard jazz but also covers of folk, pop or heavy metal titles!

Twenty years after the release, in Korea, of her first album


, Youn Sun Nah has just delivered

Waking World

: her 11th disc, but the first for which she signs lyrics and music.

This opus is published by Arts Music, a division of Warner Music Group and it is precisely in the Parisian premises of this label that I met her….

SessionLab: an intimate conversation in 3D audio.

A podcast to listen to with headphones.

To follow Youn Sun Nah: 

Official website 







Titles broadcast:

- Excerpts from the album Waking World (Arts Music - 2022): " 

Don't Get Me Wrong";

Lost Vegas


Heart of a Woman


My mother


Waking world


- Excerpts from the album Immersion (Arts Music - 2019): "

In my heart";

“Mystic River”;

" Without you " ;

“Mercy mercy me (the ecology)





- Excerpts from the album Lento (ACT- 2013): " 

Ghost Riders in the Sky

 " live at the Jazz in Marciac 2014 festival

- Excerpts from the album Same Girl (ACT- 2010): “ 

My favorite things


Kangwondo arirang


- Excerpts from the album Voyage (ACT- 2009): “ 



“India Song


- And also: “

I know it will happen to me

” by Nicole Rieu;

My favorite things

” by Julie Andrews and John Coltrane

- In 1959, the musical

The Sound of Music

was a huge success on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards.

This is the last collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II who will die only a few months after the first.

In 1965, the film adaptation with Julie Andrews in the lead role met with the same popular success.

Several songs will become hits: “ 

Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi

”, “

The Sound of Music

” and “

My Favorite Things


"My Favorite Things

 " will be covered by other musicians even before the first performance of the musical.

Sung versions are born (Petula Clark and Sarah Vaughan in 1961, then Betty Carter in 1964, The Supremes in 1965...), and instrumental versions (Benny Goodman in 1959, JJ Johnson in 1963, Gary Burton in 1965... ).

But this song might not have become a jazz standard without John Coltrane's interpretation.

In 1960, with his quartet (himself on soprano saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on double bass and Elvin Jones on drums), he recorded the title

My Favorite Things

on an album of the same name… To find out more , go to the

website of the Philharmonie de Paris



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