Asia Society Presents! Jen Shyu, Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

Asia Society Presents! Jen Shyu, Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

Jen Shyu. (Steven Schreiber)

“Sounding fierce at times, ruminative at others, displaying tonal precision, and an intuitive rhythmic sense, Shyu is among New York’s most invigorating vocal presences. And perhaps the most enigmatic.” — Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal

 

Jen Shyu’s solo performance — that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and "projecting her ancestry" through contemporary monologue — reveals a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of losses that plagues our modern world: loss of tradition, habitat, and public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Renowned Indonesian film and stage director Garin Nugroho (Opera Jawa, Under the Tree, Daun di Atas Bantal) directs Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, infusing his distinctive vision for celebrating the exhilarating and sacred into the work.

 

Schedule

Meet the Artist: 6:30 pm
Performance: 7:30 pm (followed by a brief Q&A)

 

About Jen Shyu

Born in Illinois from immigrant parents of Taiwan and East Timor, 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient Jen Shyu is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and educator, having performed internationally as a solo artist, bandleader, and collaborator. Shyu recently spent nearly two years on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia studying Sindhenan (traditional Javanese improvisational singing) as well as the simultaneous song and dance form, Ledhekan. She is also a former Asian Cultural Council and Jerome Foundation grantee. Shyu’s Solo Rites: Seven Breaths had its world premiere in New York in May 2014.

 

Video: The Background and Making of Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

 

Related Links

Arts+Culture Texas: Five Experimental Performances to Catch this September
Blouin ArtInfo: Jen Shyu Returns Home and Unpacks Her Ancestry

WNYC: Weaving Tradition and Modernity in Song

 

Performing arts programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible by support from Bank of America. Additional support provided by Asia Society contributors and members. Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

 

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of America

Program Sponsors

City of HoustonHouston Arts Alliance

Event Details

26 September 2014
7:30pm

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
713.496.9901

$15 Members, $25 Nonmembers. All sales final.
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