20. Februar 2011 20:30


Jen Shyu – piano, voice, dance

Die in New York lebende Komponistin, Sängerin, Performerin  Jen Shyu ist bekannt für ihre virtuose Stimme in der Band von Steve Coleman & Five Elements. Nach der Tour mit dieser Band präsentiert sie sich zum ersten Mal als Solistin in Europa mit ihrem bahnbrechenden Solo Projekt „Inner Chapters“. Und da sie die Freundin eines meiner Lieblingspianisten Craig Taborn ist, macht sie auch in Köln im Loft Station. Der folgenden Text und die Biographie geben einen Einblick in die Arbeit von Shen Shyu und sollen neugierig machen auf diese außergewöhnliche Künstlerin.

Solo project:jenshyu.bandcamp.com/album/inner-chapters
Video "Moxa":www.youtube.com/watch
Video feature:unartignyc.com/2010/01/18/jen/
Raging Waters, Red Sands:vimeo.com/8109395
Jade Tongue:www.youtube.com/watch
Cry of the Nomad:www.youtube.com/watch

“Inner Chapters” : ancestral and original song improvisations which range from mysteriously dark to sensuously ecstatic for solo voice, piano, dance, er hu, Taiwanese moon lute, and East Timorese lakado. Her sung languages include English, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Tetum, and Piniyumayan (the language of a Taiwanese indigenous group also known as “Puyuma”), featuring her own lyrics as well as poetry by Brazilian poet Patrícia Magalhães, Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai and Meng Jiao and text by Cuban slave Esteban Montejo. She also performs ancient and original songs on the two-stringed “gat kim” or moon lute, an authentic Taiwanese instrument, and the lakado, a traditional East Timorese bamboo instrument, both which she has been learning from elders in Taiwan and East Timor.

Biography: 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 has sung a featured role in Anthony Braxton’s pending recording of his opera Trillium E, and has a duo project called Synastry with bassist Mark Dresser, and has also worked with such innovators as Dave Burrell, Pheeroan Aklaff, Ben Monder, and currently records and tours with saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman and Five Elements, singing on his latest albums Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi Recordings 2010), and Lucidarium and Weaving Symbolics (Label Bleu 2005 & 2006). 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 and the Bronx Council on the Arts, as well as premiered fulllength chamber works for voice, ensemble, and dance in collaboration with choreographer Satoshi Haga commissioned by Roulette Space in 2008 (Cry of theNomad) & Jazz Gallery in 2009 (Raging Waters, Red Sands), both supported by the Jerome Foundation. She has performed solo and with her band at such places as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Stone, and many venues throughout the US, Asia and Europe.