Born: March 28, 1978 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, from immigrant parents of East Timor and Taiwan, Jen Shyu is a musician, composer, dancer, and band leader based in New York City. She has also recorded and toured with saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements since 2003. Having studied dance from age 6, piano from age 7, and violin from age 8, she performed as piano soloist at age 13 the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and placed 6th at age 9 at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. Jen studied opera at Stanford University (B.A. 2000), Oxford University in England, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Lake Placid Institute in New York. Before moving to NY, Jen lived three years collaborating with Bay Area musicians, producing her debut album “For Now” (4am Music 2002). Since 2001, Jen has traveled many times to Taiwan to research Taiwanese folk and aboriginal music, twice to Cuba to study Afro-Cuban music and dance and to investigate the history of the Chinese Cubans, and to Brazil to study dance with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Passos. Jen recently composed for and performed with actress/performance artist Soomi Kim on her piece Lee/gendary inspired by Bruce Lee at the first National Asian American Theatre Festival. Having also worked with late great poet Sekou Sundiata on his 51st Dream State, Jen is currently fostering her multidisciplinary composition project Jade Tongue. 2009 MacDowell Fellow, 2008 Roulette Space/Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Commission & World Premiere of Cry of a Nomad with choreographer Satoshi Haga, 2007 Asian Cultural Council Fellow, 2006 Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award for Composition.
Awards:2009 MacDowell Fellow, 2008 Roulette Space/Jerome Foundation "Emerging Artist" Commission & World Premiere of "Cry of a Nomad" with choreographer Satoshi Haga, 2007 Asian Cultural Council Fellow, 2006 Bronx Council on the Arts "BRIO" Award for Composition.
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Personnel: Jen Shyu: vocals, piano. David Bryant:
piano, Rhodes. David Binney: alto sax. Shane Endsley:
trumpet. Miles Okazaki, guitars. Thomas Morgan: bass.
Dan Weiss: drums
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