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