Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7pm & 10pm
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn
$29 advance/$34 door
Co-presented with National Sawdust
Born from Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, 2016 Doris Duke Artist Jen Shyu is an acclaimed vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and Fulbright scholar. She has performed her music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other prestigious venues around the world. For these special performances at National Sawdust, Shyu will premiere Nine (working title), a solo ritual music drama, through both narrative and abstract, integrative music-movement methodologies via the voice, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, piano, and electronics. Shyu will sing in languages including Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, and English. This mythical work is inspired by Shyu’s 12-plus years of study of traditional music from four specific countries: epic storytelling (Pansor i ) and East Coast shaman music (DongHaeAhnByeolShinGut), both from Korea; music from sub-districts Aileu and Ataúro from East Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; and Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing (Sindhenan) from Indonesia.
Her voice, a wonder of technical control and unrestrained emotion, tells a story dotted with well-researched facts and wild poetic allusions. She claims both as her truths - Wall Street Journal
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Counterpoint Series.