Kalun Leung is a Canadian musician and composer based in New York City. As a trombonist and improvisor, he is a performing member of Little Suns, Zlatne Uste, Eco-Music Big Band, people.of.earth, and has toured internationally with YOA Orchestra of the Americas. He led the Salsa Montréal Collective and Trubači McGill, the latter which earned him the Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for his research on Balkan music in Serbia. In 2017, he premiered his first multidisciplinary work for trombone and electronics at The Lincoln Center in collaboration with Keith Haring’s unpublished MacPaint sketches.
Kalun’s artistic practice explores concepts in audience interaction, social commentary, and technology. He embarked on a year-long recording project in March 2017 with So Wrong it’s Right, a trombone quartet featuring his mentor David Taylor. They launched the project with The New Masculinity, Kalun’s site-specific installation piece recorded at National Sawdust to be released on the quartet’s debut album in 2018. During his final year at The New School, he premiered Twisted Twister, the first of a series of interactive game pieces for improvisers and audience participants. Kalun is currently a Tek-Tiles Research Fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator where he is exploring the application of smart textiles in the performing arts.
Kalun completed his Master of Music at McGill University under the tutelage of Patrice Richer and his Bachelor in Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business. He studied at The New School with Anthony Coleman, Billy Martin, Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, Dave Douglas and Konnakol with Glen Velez. In 2017, he was an Artist in Residence at the Teatro del Lago in Chile and taught masterclasses at The Baccarelli Institute of São Paulo. He has played with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Dmitri Krymov Improv Theatre Lab, Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, Domaine Forget Faculty Brass Ensemble, and members of the Bulgarian National Folklore Ensemble. He was awarded the Exemplary Service to the Community and State by the New York State Senate in 2017.