"Door 1: Dark Road, Silent Moon" from Song of Silver Geese (2016) at Vision Festival 21. Composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, dance by Jen Shyu; Choreography, dance, stage design by Satoshi Haga, with Jade Tongue, and Mivos Quartet.More info: HERE

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"Door 5-8: Journey to the Otherworld" from Song of Silver Geese (2016) at Vision Festival 21. Co-direction, composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, dance by Jen Shyu; Co-direction, choreography, dance, stage design by Satoshi Haga, with Jade Tongue and Mivos Quartet. More info: HERE

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"Contemplation" (Poetry by Edward Cheng, translation by Wendy Cheng), from Song of Silver Geese (2016) at Vision Festival 21. Co-direction, composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, dance by Jen Shyu; Co-direction, choreography, dance, stage design by Satoshi Haga, with Jade Tongue and Mivos Quartet. More info: HERE

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Moxa, from Sounds and Cries of the World (2015)

"Moxa" was originally part of my project Inner Chapters, but I recorded the song with Jade Tongue for my latest album on Pi Recordings (September 2015). Personnel:Jen Shyu (composition, vocals, Gat Kim [Taiwanese moon lute]), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Mat Maneri (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Dan Weiss (drums)

Listen to more sound sample from the album HERE

Roulette TV: Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (2014) English translations HERE

Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Sounds and Cries of the World (2015)

Mother of Time (a video by Sujin Lee)

Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho (2015)
English translations HERE

National Gugak Center, South Korea, October 30, 2015, with special guest Shin Seung-Gyoon (soribuk)

Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho (presented by @america + AMINEF, September 9, 2016)

English translations HERE

Discussion in Indonesian + Q/A about Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho, moderated by Alan Feinstein, Executive Director of AMINEF 
(presented by @america + AMINEF, September 9, 2016-English translation coming soon)

Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho (2014)

Premiered May 28, 2014, Roulette Intermedium, Inc., Brooklyn, NY. Commissioned by Roulette with support from Jerome Foundation. Jen Shyu: composition, vocals, dance, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, gayageum, er hu, East Timorese lakadou

Sounds and Cries of the World (2015) English translations HERE

Pi Recordings CD release + Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC

WNYC Interview: “Song For Naldo” from Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (2014)

Music and English lyrics by Jen Shyu, Tetum lyrics and traditional East Timorese song by Mestre Marçal of Fahisoe, Aileu district, and last verse of English lyrics from Chega! The Report of the Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation, Timor-Leste, Executive Summary

Solo at Ngayogjazz Festival, Brayut, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2012)

The first song is “Mother Cow’s Companion,” a Taiwanese folksong from Hengchun taught by Zhang Ri Gui, which I translate into Indonesian before improvising into my arrangement of a Javanese Macapat, “Pangkur Semarangan,” taught by Nyi Ngatirah.

Cry of the Nomad (2008)

Premiered May 16, 2008 at Roulette with funds from the Jerome Foundation. Jen Shyu: composition, vocals, dance / Satoshi Haga: dance, choreography.

Raging Waters, Red Sands (2009)

Premiered December 4 & 5, 2009, Jazz Gallery, NYC. Commissioned by the Jazz Gallery with support from Jerome Foundation. Jen Shyu: composition, voice, dance, er hu / Satoshi Haga, choreography, dance / Libretto in Portuguese by Patrícia Magalhães. Download full audio HERE.

Jade Tongue (2006 – present)

Jade Tongue is my amorphous working ensemble of musicians, dancers, and people from all disciplines where I implement most of my concepts about composition, improvisation, dance, theater, experiment, tradition, and always the “Other.” Buy CD HERE

 

COLLABORATIONS

Duet with Tyshawn Sorey (2014)

With composer / multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey. The song at 39:00 is loosely based on Javanese Macapat “Sinom Semarangan” with text re-written by the late great Javanese puppeteer Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” who at the age of 30 perished with his wife and 11-month-old son in a car accident on June 8, 2014.

Duet with Heo Yoon Jeong (2013)

An excerpt from a duo performance with geomungo player, composer, and improviser Heo Yoon Jeong at the Changwoo World Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. We are improvising on the traditional East Timorese song from “Song for Naldo” above.

Synastry with Mark Dresser (2011)

Live at The Loft, UC San Diego, February 2015. With the release of this critically acclaimed duo album on Pi Recordings, legendary bassist Mark Dresser became the first bassist as leader, and I, the first female as well as vocalist as leader on the label. Buy CD HERE.

RESEARCH

Ledhekan Mangkunegaran, Javanese song and dance from Mangkunegaran Palace, Surakarta, Indonesia (2013)

This was my first performance of “Ledhekan,” the disappearing art form of Javanese dance combined with Javanese sindhenan, both of which I was studying in Java on my Fulbright. This is called “Gambyong Langenkusuma,” which I performed on May 4, 2013, after studying Javanese dance and sindhenan for about 17 months.

Pansori: Simcheongga (2013)

Pansori is Korea’s epic storytelling tradition. Performed at National Gugak Center, Umyeondang, Seoul, South Korea. Jen Shyu: Pansori / Kwon Song-Hee: Gosu (soribuk) and Seopyeonje Pansori teacher. This was my first performance of this excerpt of the epic Simcheongga after 5 months of studying Pansori.

Jen Shyu (aged 13), Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb minor, 3rd mvmt

Carnegie Hall's Musical Explorers program for kids. Performed at Zankel Hall for about 4,500 students over 10 concerts. Shyu's songs are at the following times in the video:

16:34 (East Timorese song - "Hau Hakerek Surat Ida" - lyrics by Tio Momo, based on Maorian melody)
27:03 (Original composition by Shyu called "Don't Tell Me--The Language of Dementia" (poetry by Edward Cheng) / "Rainy Night Flower - Taiwanese folk song, translated into Spanish by Jen Shyu)
37:20 (Song 3 - Javanese song "Ayun-Ayun" lyrics by Ki Narto Sabdo, arranged by Jen Shyu)

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