Saturday, October 3
JEN SHYU & JADE TONGUE
CD release event for Sounds & Cries of the World, Pi Recordings
Part of a double Bill with Motoko Honda & Vanessa Vo
Born in Peoria, Illinois, USA, from Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient JEN SHYU is an·experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist,·dancer, producer, and·Fulbright scholar. Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal) writes, “…Ms. Shyu is among New York’s most invigorating vocal presences. And perhaps the most enigmatic.” She has produced five albums as a leader: For Now, Jade Tongue, Inner Chapters, Raging Waters and Red Sands, and is the first female artist and vocalist as bandleader on the Pi Recordings label with the widely praised album Synastry with legendary bassist Mark Dresser. After graduating from Stanford University, she became the vocalist of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Five Elements from 2003 to 2011 and has presented her own music at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn·Academy·of Music, Bimhuis (Netherlands), Salihara Theater (Indonesia), National Gugak Center, and National Theater of Korea, to name a few. She has also·performed with Dave Burrell, Chris Potter, Michael Formanek, Mat Maneri, among others, and·in Anthony Braxton’s operas Trillium E·and·Trillium J.
Known for her specialization in lesser known and disappearing traditional musical forms in Taiwan, Korea, China, and East Timor, Shyu studied Javanese Sindhenan and dance for two years on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia. She also performed solo and in collaboration with Javanese artists such as Djaduk Ferianto, Eko Supriyanto, the late Ki Slamet Gundono, Mugiono Kasido, Suprapto Suryodarmo, and Peni Candra Rini. She then received a six-month scholarship from the National Gugak Center to study Pansori and Gayageum Byeongchang.
Shyu currently leads her band Jade Tongue and is touring her solo opera called SOLO RITES: SEVEN BREATHS, directed by renowned Indonesian·filmmaker-director Garin Nugroho and inspired by her travels and fieldwork over the past·decade. It premiered on·May 28, 2014, at Roulette·Intermedium, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY.