Past Event

Jen Shyu - Projecting Tradition Into the Future in Three Solo Works

December 7, 2023
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Online and in-person; Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description

Jen Shyu will offer an inside look into her process behind research, composition, and improvisation that led to three of her solo ritual-theater-music works: Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (2014) directed by Garin Nugroho; and Nine Doors (2017) and Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (2019), both directed by Alexandru Mihail. These works were inspired by 20+ years of study of traditional music and dance from five countries, including epic storytelling and East Coast shaman music from South Korea; music from East and West Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing from Indonesia; and the “speaking-the-song” or “katari” with Japanese biwa, the rare 4-stringed instrument originally used by monks and priests. 

Event Speaker

Jen Shyu, Composer

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. Please contact the group organizer, Jessie Cox at [email protected] with any questions. The Comparing Domains of Improvisation series is sponsored by the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at Columbia University. 

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