Jen Shyu solo ZERO GRASSES (working title, work in progress)
ZERO GRASSES is a new solo ritual music drama based on humanity’s increasing struggle to communicate with nature. Influenced by Japanese noh theater and a wealth of other traditional musics, dances, and languages, Jen will be using her voice, body, instruments, and electronics to tell an urgent yet timeless new story.
2016 Doris Duke Artist, Fulbright scholar, multilingual vocalist-composer-instrumentalist-dancer JEN SHYU is “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Born in Peoria, Illinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrants, she was the first female and vocalist as bandleader on Pi Recordings, 2017 DownBeat Rising Star Female Vocalist, producing 7 albums. A Stanford graduate, she’s performed her music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. Her acclaimed album Song of Silver Geese (Pi 2017) was among NY Times’ “Best Albums of 2017” and Nine Doors, one of NY Times’“5 Standout Shows” (2018).
Seth Parker Woods : Dehiscence
Critiqued as “a cellist of power and grace” (The Guardian), cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a diverse career that straddles the worlds of classical, contemporary, electronics and performance art. He worked with artists ranging from Heinz Holier, G.F. Haas, and Klaus Lang to Peter Gabriel, Sting,and Aldo Tambellini. He holds a PhD in Performance from the University of Huddersfield (UK).
Giacinto Scelsi Maknongan (1976) for any bass instrument
Oliver Thurley Khepri (2017/18) for solo cello * **
Augusta Read Thomas Venus Enchanted (2016)
Jürg Frey Music of Unknown Gardens (2018) WP **
Monty Adkins Winter Tendrils (2015) for cello and tape **
Giacinto Scelsi Triphon: Jeunesse, Energie (1975)
*New York Premiere
** Written for Seth Parker Woods
Convergences brings together musicians at the highest levels of contemporary practice from divergent scenes and communities on shared bills, with the aim of opening up new lines of dialogue and interaction between these practices and their audiences and community members.
Curated by avant-garde jazz saxophonist/flutist/composer Anna Webber and composer/pianist Eric Wubbels, the series highlights the common aesthetic threads between various traditions of improvised, composed, and notated music, as well as the strength and versatility of New York City’s musicians.
The first three concerts of Convergences feature musicians from across the spectrum of the New York music community, working at various intersections of jazz, experimental, classical, new music, and noise, each a remarkable solo performer in their own right.