8pm Thursday 9 November, Reginald Theatre (Seymour Centre)

“Her voice, a wonder of technical control and unrestrained emotion, tells a story dotted with well-researched facts and wild poetic allusions. She claims both as her truths.” – Wall Street Journal



Jen Shyu is “a new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid”: groundbreaking multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, and 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist.

Born in Illinois, USA to Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, Jen has performed her own uncategorisable art music on prestigious world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blue Note, National Theater of Korea and festivals worldwide.

She has performed with 2014 MacArthur Fellow saxophonist Steve Coleman since 2003 and collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer and Bobby Previte. A Stanford University graduate in opera with classical violin and ballet training, Jen has studied traditional music and dance in Cuba, Taiwan, Brazil, China,South Korea, East Timor and Indonesia.

Currently based in New York City, Jen has produced six albums as a leader and will release her seventh, Song of Silver Geese, this November.

JEN SHYU composition, vocals, dance, Taiwanese moon lute (月琴), piano, gayageum (古箏), soribuk, violin VERONIQUE SERRET violin JAMES SHIPP vibraphone SIMON BARKER drums