Jen Shyu

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 Amsterdam’s 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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The new release from Steve Coleman: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities has been receiving some incredible press. The Wall Street Journal’s Larry Blumenfeld calls the CD “dazzling” in his fine profile on Steve.

In a great review of the Undead Jazz Festival in The New York Times, Ben Ratliff wrote of Steve Coleman: “But it was hard for anything to top Mr. Coleman’s set… Whatever this festival represents, he’s one of the regents of it; his recombinant ideas about rhythm and form and his eagerness to mentor musicians and …build a new vernacular have had a profound effect on American jazz. Playing new music from a fascinating new record, “Harvesting Semblances and Affinities” (Pi), his sextet made Sullivan Hall, unbearably hot, a kind of pure-art pressure chamber… Above all, the band was an amazing system. Sweating through my clothes, I heard couple of good musicians behind me — there was almost always one within arm’s reach — reacting with kind of sickened wonder. “What is going on up there?” one asked, sounding almost worried. Exactly.”

Finally, the June issue of Jazz Times asks on the cover “Steve Coleman: The most influential figure since Coltrane?” Well, we certainly think so.

posted on June 22, 2010 by Yulun


We’re proud to welcome the incredibly influential saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman to the Pi Recordings family with his release Harvesting Semblances and Affinities. Steve serves as the logical link between the original AACM masters on the label such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell and the new generation of ace musician/composers Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman. The New York Times has already called the CD “bracing” and The Wall Street Journal calls it “dazzling.” Please check it out!

posted on June 12, 2010 by Yulun

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