Emy Tseng


About Emy

Boston-based jazz vocalist Emy Tseng has been lauded for her “clear, attractive voice (Washington Post) and “fresh take on Brazilian jazz” (San Jose Mercury).  Emy released her debut album "Sonho" (Dream in Portuguese) to national critical acclaim in 2013.  She is currently working on her second album “Love Fool”, an eclectic collection of jazz versions of pop hits from the 80s and 90s with some of New York's best Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians.  She performs regularly in the Boston area and New York.

"...she has the charm, knowledge, technique, and creativity to make her a real contender."  Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"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
"... an expressive presentation that is raw, organic and honest" Brent Black, Critical Jazz

"Tseng has a relaxed singing style and a clear voice that nimbly navigates tricky melodies...", Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound

Her musical influences include Paula Morelenbaum, Luciana Souza, Gal Costa, Elis Regina, 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 continuing singing in chorus at Brown University while pursuing her degree in Math/Physics.  While in graduate school at MIT, she also studied classical voice at the Longy School of Music and sang in early music ensembles in Boston and New York. In New York, she "discovered" jazz, started hanging out in jazz clubs.  She heard Luciana Souza and Paula Morelenbaum, fell in love with Brazilian music and decided to pursue it further.

Her subsequent teachers include world-renowned Brazilian musicians pianist Marcos Silva (Flora Purim & Airto) in Berkeley, CA, bassist Nilson Matta (Trio da Paz, Joe Henderson) and Vanderlei Pereira (Toots Thielemans, Arturo O'Farrill) in New York. In 2009, Emy moved to DC where she quickly became part of the DC jazz scene and recorded "Sonho" with noted local musicians Matvei Sigalov, Wayne Wilentz, David Jernigan and Leonardo Lucini.  

The release of her first album in 2013 opened up opportunities in New York.  Since then she has work with some of the City's finest Brazilian and jazz musicians including Hans Glawischnig (Miguel Zenon, Chick Corea), Klaus Mueller (Portinho, Leny Andrade, Nilson Matta) and Q Morrow. 

In Boston, Emy performs regularly with the Brazilian jazz group Samba de Três and Brazilian singer and guitarist Flávio Lira.