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Jen Shyu

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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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Zero Grasses: Ritual for The Losses

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Living's a Gift | Part 1: Springtime; Living's a Gift | Part 2: Everything for Granted; Living's a Gift | Part 3: My Unsolved Regrets; Living's a Gift | Part 4: Joyful; Lament for Breonna Taylor; The Human Color; A Cure for the Heart's Longing; Body of Tears; When I Have Power; Finally She Emerges; Display Under the Moon; Father Slipped Into Eternal Dream; With Eyes Closed You See All; Life As You Envision.

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Article: Year in Review

Attarian's Dozen: Twelve Superb Releases That Made 2021 Tolerable

Read "Attarian's Dozen: Twelve Superb Releases That Made 2021 Tolerable" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The year 2021 started full of hope yet it did not live up to its promises. Musically, however, it saw the release of several outstanding recordings. Below are a dozen that helped kept me sane and grounded throughout the year. Featured are the two mammoth and stimulating boxsets from saxophonist and improviser par excellence ...

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Article: Live Review

Other Minds 25, Day 1

Read "Other Minds 25, Day 1" reviewed by John Chacona


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Taube Atrium Theater Other Minds Festival San Francisco, CA October 14, 2021 When the organizers of jny: San Francisco's Other Minds Festival chose Moment's Notice as the name of its 25th edition, it might have been with the ...

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Article: Album Review

Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue: Zero Grasses: Ritual for The Losses

Read "Zero Grasses: Ritual for The Losses" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Calling vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu brilliant, and her style unique, underestimates both her ingenuity as a composer and the distinctiveness of her oeuvre. Shyu has forged her own path in creative music with an intrepid spirit and restless innovation. Her eighth release as a leader is the intensely personal Zero Grasses: Ritual For The Losses. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen

Read "Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's a definite international tilt to this episode, with samplings of new releases by artists from France (Stéphane Payen and the Jazz Station Big Band & The Workshop), Germany (Dejan Terzic and Tru Cargo Service, Switzerland) Zurich Jazz Orchestra featuring Steffen Schorn and the quartet Woodoism), England's Ferg Ireland, and South Korean pianist Yunseon Yi's trio. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Aksel Rönning Trio, Blue Reality Quartet & Ches Smith’s We All Break

Read "Aksel Rönning Trio, Blue Reality Quartet & Ches Smith’s We All Break" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Like Haitian-drums? Drummer Ches Smith does and he taps into the Voudo rhythm and spirit of Haiti on his new Path Of Seven Colors. Like Bob Dylan's music? The German quartet Absolutely Sweet Marie tackles nothing but; their third volume, Wherever You Roam, is just out and there are a some tunes from that featured. What ...

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Article: In Pictures

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 ...

Article: Album Review

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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