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Jen Shyu

12 Podcast Episodes

Latest 28 Jan 2023 | Updated Daily

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ANFTD #102: Jen Shyu

A Noise From The Deep: Greenleaf Music Podcast with Dave Douglas

Jen Shyu visits A Noise From The Deep Podcast! Groundbreaking multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer …The post ANFTD #102: Jen Shyu first appeared on Greenleaf Music by Dave Douglas.

1hr 6mins

8 Jun 2022

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Ritual for the Losses: A Brief Conversation with Jen Shyu

PostGenre Podcast

During her recording career thus far, Jen Shyu has drawn on a deep well of song, fable, and poetry from various Asian traditions. Often these incorporate each culture’s native languages. The music on Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi, 2021), her extraordinary new release similarly builds upon traditional Javanese music, Japanese katari, and East […]This post Ritual for the Losses: A Brief Conversation with Jen Shyu first appeared on PostGenre.

29 Jun 2021

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With 'Zero Grasses,' Jen Shyu Forges Grief into Revelation

The Checkout

On The Checkout, singer and composer Jen Shyu discusses her creative process, her family heritage, and how a personal loss informed Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses.


30 May 2021

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The Jazz Session #550: Jen Shyu


Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist Jen Shyu‘s new album comes out on April 23, 2021. It’s called Zero Grasses — Ritual For The Losses (Pi Recordings). In this interview, Shyu talks about writing music in the aftermath of the loss of her father; working with students to chronicle their experience of the pandemic; the mentors she admires; and much more. / / / I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians on The Jazz Session since 2007. I’m now living in a van and traveling the country, so I need your support more than ever. Please become a member today at thejazzsession.com/join. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus show. Theme music by The Respect Sextet Logo by Dave Vrabel Intro voice: Chuck Ingersoll Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Subscribe to my twice-monthly newsletter.


24 Mar 2021

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#317 - Jane Weaver, Jen Shyu, Ami Dang, Loraine James, NADJA, Jaubi - 15 March 2021

Independent Music Podcast

Simply exquisite noises emanating from this podcast, starting with the Korean-German contemporary dub of JahYu remixing the new Penguin Sound. We have extraordinary music from Jen Shyu, magical dream pop experimentation from Jane Weaver, pirate ship jungle music from Equiknoxx-affiliate Sección De Ritmo, Pakistan jazz from Jaubi and loads more. Tracklisting Penguin Sound - Rain (JahYu Remix) (Tripedal Crow Records, Germany) Loraine James - Simple Stuff (Hyperdub, UK) Jaubi - Satanic Nafs (Astigmatic Records, UK) NADJA - Luminous Rot (Southern Lord Records, USA) Ami Dang: 鬼 - The Demon (Phantom Limb, UK) Dignan Porch - Hidden Levels (self-release, UK) Sección De Ritmo - No Drama Llama (EquiknoxxMusic, Jamaica) Jane Weaver - Flock (Fire Records, UK) Jen Shyu - Life as You Envision (Pi Recordings, USA) Trigger Cut - Solid State (self-release, Germany) Produced and edited by Nick McCorriston

1hr 8mins

15 Mar 2021

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Episode 403: Jen Shyu


There’s a video shot in 1991 of a 13-year-old Jen Shyu playing the hell of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on grand piano backdropped by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. A lifelong musician who studied theater and opera at Stanford and has performed at  Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Shyu’s current work veers into the experimental and avant-garde, all while paying homage to a wide range of musical traditions, including Taiwan an East Timor.Often highly theatrical, her work utilizes a wide range of languages (she speaks ten) and instruments, including piano, violin, the two-string Taiwanense moon lute and the Chinese er hu, among others. Shyu closed out last year with the performance of her show “Zero Grasses,” a part of John Zorn's on-going Commissioning series in New York. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


27 Jun 2020

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A Chat With Jen Shyu

The Performer's Pathway

Vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and Guggenheim Fellow Jen Shyu is the featured guest on this week's episode. Jen discusses her unique career, productions, gigs, grants, inspiration, fighting harassment in the music business and more. This is a good one, don't miss it!


26 Apr 2020

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Joseph Celli: Musicians Speak with composer Jen Shyu

WPKN Community Radio

Jen discusses her remarkable background and music studies around the world and we listen to six pieces of hers that have received wide critical acclaim. Jen Shyu is “…one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music…” (The Nation)New York Times "Best Albums of 2015 by Ben Ratliff"

1hr 47mins

21 Apr 2020

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Episode 41: Jen Shyu

Resonant Bodies Podcast

On a recent rare day home in New York, world-roving musician Jen Shyu joined Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae for a chat. Jen discusses her upcoming set on September 12th at Roulette, her origins as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer, and her process collecting folk songs from community elders across the world and integrating them into projects of her own. For more information about Jen Shyu and links to the recordings mentioned on this episode, please visit our Show Notes.This episode was edited by Jeremy Hirsch. SHOW NOTES


20 Aug 2018

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Episode 158, Jen Shyu

5049 Records

Jen Shyu is a master vocalist, multi-instrumentalist / multi-linguist who embarks on incredibly ambitious projects that feature elements of jazz, theatre, dance and performance art. She spent several years as a key member of Steve Coleman's Five Elements, has worked closely with Tyshawn Sorey, Nicole Mitchell, Vijay Iyer and Dave Binney. She's travelled the world, engaged in a practice of research that has informed her most recent work, "Song of Silver Geese", that was recently released on Pi Records. She tours frequently and in the next year, will engage in a 50-state U.S. tour of her most recent work, “Songs of Our World Now / Songs Everyone Writes Now”.

1hr 23mins

23 Apr 2018