Sungha Jung: Then, Now, and the Year in Between

by guitarkadia on September 13, 2008

in Acoustic

It’s not that this kid is a prodigy – he demonstrates that on his very first video (if that is his first video) from two years ago – it’s that his being so at ease with the instrument, showing so much confident while being relaxed and focused, makes him different than musicians many years his senior, even. I completely agree with Ovidiu about going to back to see what he’s been playing lately.

To show a level of maturity in interpretations at such an early age is not common. He is not that kid who will dazzle you with his finger acrobatics, though he is perfectly capable of that.

The three videos are from three consecutive years, starting with 2006. Sungha’s taller now. If he was keeping with the size of his instrument back then, he’s grown physically and musically to command the guitar’s obedience. Yet, the young man is not telling the instrument what to do; it seems he has learned to have a conversation with the music he chooses to play.

There are no better words to describe him than: “this kid’s all that.”

2006. Sungha plays Splash by Kotara Oshio.

2007. Sungha plays Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’.

2008. Sungha, much taller, plays Piazzola’s ‘Libertango’.

Ovidiu - September 13, 2008 at 3:02 am

Thanks for the credits, this kid rocks indeed! At such a young age and so good already! I wonder how will he be in just a couple of years

Nicole September 13, 2008 at 5:04 pm

He is absolutely amazing!

emon September 13, 2008 at 10:54 pm

You’re most welcome, Ovidiu!

Nicole: Amen!

Ken G Bordelon October 5, 2008 at 9:56 pm

All I can say is “amazing”. I can’t stop listening.

pragmaticus March 22, 2009 at 12:14 am

I am so totally addicted to listening to this kid’s playing. Where can I download video’s of his playing?? Youtube doesn’t allow there vids to be downloaded onto the hard-drive or at least I can’t find out how to do it. Does anybody know where I can get “downloadable” vids of him??…not just the streaming vids found on youtube which you can’t actually download.

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