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Jen Shyu solo + Nicole Mitchell solo

1st set: Jen Shyu's {Nine Doors} - Jen Shyu (composition, vocals, Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum and soribuk drum, piano, biwa, percussion)

2nd set: Nicole Mitchell - flutes, compositions

$20 general admission

$15 students (21+)

Bios:
2016 Doris Duke Artist, Fulbright scholar, groundbreaking multilingual vocalist-composer, multi- instrumentalist, dancer JEN SHYU (徐秋雁) has been named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Born in Peoria, Illinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrants, Shyu has carved out her own beyond-category space in the art world. Named 2017 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist, she’s worked with Nicole Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer and has produced 6 albums, her duo album with Mark Dresser making her the first female and vocalist as bandleader on Pi Recordings. Her last album Sounds and Cries of the World (Pi Records) was voted among the “Top 10 Best Albums of 2015” by New York Times and The Nation, among others. A Stanford graduate dedicated to traditional music study, she has performed her music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s won commissions and support from MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, Asian Cultural Council. NYC-based Shyu is currently touring her new solo work {Nine Doors} and has just released her critically acclaimed album Song of Silver Geese on Pi, kicking off a 50-state U.S. tour of performances and workshops.

NICOLE MITCHELL is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader, and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year.” Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Mandorla Awakening (FPE, 2015), Liberation Narratives (Third World Press, 2017), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works. Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts (2011), the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012) and has been commissioned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra and Maggio Fiorentino Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy). Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and in magazines including Ebony, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times, Jazz Wise, and American Legacy. Nicole Mitchell is currently a Professor of Music, teaching in “Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology,” (ICIT) a new and expansively-minded PhD program at the University of California, Irvine.

Earlier Event: December 15
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Later Event: December 17
XMAS EUMAN