Vocalist/composer/multi-instrumentalist/dancer Jen Shyu has performed and recorded as a soloist, bandleader, and sidewoman throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Known mostly for her virtuosic singing with saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements since 2003 and performing her own music in the avant-garde and creative music worlds in such venues as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Blue Note, Merkin Hall, and Amsterdams Bimhuis, Shyu has collaborated with innovators Anthony Braxton, Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte, Dave Burrell, Mat Maneri, Chris Potter, Michael Formanek, and David Binney to name a few. Since graduating from Stanford University, she has been awarded residencies to MacDowell Colony and Yaddo Residency as well as fellowships to travel and do research in Cuba, Brazil, Taiwan, China, East Timor, and Indonesia from the Fulbright Scholar Program, Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, and Bronx Council on the Arts. She is currently based in Bronx, NY, and has produced two albums as a leader, For Now and Jade Tongue.
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