Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Café Metropol
Address: 923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $12 cover
Metropol is small, so it’s best to order tickets online here:
(one tree planted per ticket bought!)
This solo project “Inner Chapters” is a personal offering of original music for voice, piano, dance, moon lute, and er hu, in languages including English, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Mandarin, featuring poetry by Brazilian poet Patrícia Magalhães, Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai and Mengjiao, and text by Cuban slave Esteban Montejo. I will accompany my singing with piano and the rare, two-stringed moon lute, an authentic Taiwanese instrument which I have been learning from elders in the village of Hengchun, Taiwan over the last few years.
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Born in Illinois from Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, Jen Shyu, a soloist and bandleader now based in NY, has established herself as a pioneering and original voice in the improvisational, avant-garde jazz, and creative music worlds. Shyu currently records and tours with saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman and Five Elements since appearing on his latest albums Lucidarium and Weaving Symbolics (Label Bleu), and his new recording to be released on Pi Recordings. She just finished singing a featured role on Anthony Braxton’s pending recording of his opera Trillium E.
Aside from being a MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in 2008-2009, she has been awarded fellowships from the Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, Roulette Space, Jazz Gallery, and the Bronx Council on the Arts and has performed with her band at Brooklyn Academy of the Arts and Lincoln Center as well as the venues fostering experimental music and performance art. Of her latest CD Jade Tongue, David Adler of Time Out NY writes: “…the music tests the formidable talents of players like altoist David Binney, trumpeter Shane Endsley and drummer Dan Weiss. Shyu matches their virtuosity and sings with palpable nerve, her enunciation of Chinese an outflow of unpredictable timbres… It’s a remarkable achievement, with rich theatrical implications for the concert setting.”