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Jen Shyu

Born in Peoria, Illinois, USA, from Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, 2016 Doris Duke Artist Jen Shyu (Chinese name: 徐秋雁) is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and Fulbright scholar. Known mostly for her virtuosic singing with saxophonist and 2014 MacArthur Genius Fellow Steve Coleman since 2003 and having collaborated with innovators Anthony Braxton, Bobby Previte, Chris Potter, Michael Formanek, and David Binney to name a few, she has performed her own music around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, Ringling International Arts Festival, Asia Society, Roulette, Blue Note, Bimhuis, Salihara Theater, National Gugak Center, and National Theater of Korea and festivals around the world. A Stanford University graduate in opera with classical violin and ballet training, Jen had already won many piano competitions and played the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No

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Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

Read "Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...

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Bobby Previte: Rhapsody

Read "Rhapsody" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Rhapsody è la seconda parte della trilogia che Bobby Previte ha dedicato al tema del viaggio e dello sradicamento, intitolata Terminals. Si tratta di un lavoro ardito e complesso che testimonia della sensibilità che il batterista e compositore americano ha maturato in questi anni e che lo colloca in una dimensione assai diversa rispetto al jazz ...

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Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

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Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

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Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Concerti dei Seminari di Siena Jazz: un “non festival” dalle qualità uniche

Read "Concerti dei Seminari di Siena Jazz: un “non festival” dalle qualità uniche" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Siena Concerti dei Seminari di Siena Jazz 23.7-7.8. 2018 Tra i tanti festival estivi della penisola ce n'è uno --autorevole, ricco di proposte e musicisti --che potremmo tuttavia definire un non festival: Siena Jazz, ovvero i concerti che, per due settimane, ogni sera vedono in scena formazioni composte dai docenti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jen Shyu: Song of the Silver Geese

Read "Song of the Silver Geese" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Viene spesso definita una vocalist sperimentale Jen Shyu, ma questo disco conferma che è molto di più. Dopo aver collaborato stabilmente con Steve Coleman e ancora con Anthony Braxton, Bobby Previte, Mark Dresser, Chris Potter e altri grandi, la cantante americana di genitori orientali (Taiwan e Timor Est) ha compiuto negli anni scorsi ricerche etnomusicologiche, recandosi ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bobby Previte: the Art of Travelling Trustingly

Read "Bobby Previte: the Art of Travelling Trustingly" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Bobby Previte has been at the forefront of the creative music scene for more than four decades. A restless aural storyteller with a knack for captivating concept albums, he has just released Rhapsody (RareNoise). This is the first album for which he has written not only the ear-opening music he is known for but also lyrics, ...

Song of the Silver Geese

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Door 1: Prologue - Song of Lavan Pintinu; Door 2: World of Java; Door 3: Dark Road, Silent Moon; Door 4: Sinom Semarangan; Door 5: World of Hengchun; Door 6: World of Wehali; Door 7: World of Ati Batik; Door 8: World of Baridegi; Door 9: Contemplation.


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