Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:30 pm
Born in Peoria, Illinois to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, Shyu is a classically trained pianist and violinist who endlessly expands her artistic repertoire. Today she performs on piano, violin, Taiwanese moon lute, Chinese er hu, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, Korean soribuk, and a Korean gong called "ggwaenggwari." Her multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy over humanity's destructive impulses. Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, the work is "a full length multilingual, ritual music drama." Audience members are invited to remain in the auditorium for a post show Q & A with Jen Shyu.
Pre-performance talk in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m
General Admission $15; Students $7
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