Jen Shyu’s “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths” directed by Garin Nugroho

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8PM

(509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 11217)

Tickets: $20(General), $15 (Students/Seniors) 

  • Jen Shyu: Composition, vocals, dance, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, gayageum, erhu, East Timorese lakadou
  • Garin Nugroho: Director
  • Danang Pamungkas: Choreographer
  • Kristen Robinson: Set & Prop Designer
  • Solomon Weisbard: Lighting Designer
  • Maria Hooper: Costume Designer

Jen Shyu is a multi-talented performer; she is an East Timorese-Taiwanese, American-born jazz singer who performs Korean vocal and gayageum music in both their traditional forms and in new compositions. Born in Illinois, Shyu is an award-winning experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, scholar, and educator, having performed and taught internationally as a solo artist, bandleader, and collaborator. She is a Fulbright scholar and has received awards from Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, and the Bronx Council of the Arts. 

This solo opera is a performance of sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections upon her pilgrimages throughout various Asian countries. Using multiple tools of expression in multiple languages, this solo performance—that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and “projecting her ancestry” through contemporary monologue—will reveal a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal, giving voice to the silenced. These losses reflect crises plaguing these lands: the loss of voices found in traditional music and shaman rituals; the loss of habitat and wildlife and thus the linked ancient cosmology. These issues will be explored in a multi-arts performance. For more information, please visit the Roulette website at


Miro Yoon