Raging Waters, Red Sands

by Jen Shyu & Patrícia Magalhães



Video excerpts by Unartig: vimeo.com/8109395

"The water god, in anger, cuts a hole in the sky. The sky opens. Rain pours out like a river, submerging the earth, allotting one man the fate to choose between saving his villagers from the flooding waters or being loyal to his wife and yet unborn son.

Notions of love, existence, and universal versus personal obligation are tested in this modern myth based on an ancient narrative form called “Shuo-chang,” literally meaning “speak-sing” in Mandarin Chinese. The narrative mixes Portuguese, Tetum, English, Taiwanese, and Mandarin interchangeably with the sound and space of voice (Jen Shyu, composer), dance (Satoshi Haga, choreographer), viola (Mat Maneri), clarinet (Ivan Barenboim), vibraphone (Chris Dingman), and percussion (Satoshi Takeishi). Poetry by Patrícia Magalhães, commissioned by the Jazz Gallery with support from the Jerome Foundation."


released August 16, 2010

Recorded live December 5, 2009, by Joseph Branciforte at the Jazz Gallery, NYC.

Video excerpts by Unartig: vimeo.com/8109395

Jen Shyu, composition, voice, dance, er hu
Satoshi Haga, dance
Ivan Barenboim, clarinet
Chris Dingman, vibes
Mat Maneri, viola
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
~Poetry by Patrícia Magalhães


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NEW 2017 ALBUM on Pi! jenshyu-pi.bandcamp.com/album/song-of-silver-geese : Experimental vocalist,composer,multi- instrumentalist,dancer, 2019 Guggenheim Fellow+USA Fellow, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, Fulbright scholar, has produced 7 albums, becoming the 1st female+ vocalist leader on Pi. She's touring Nine Doors dir. by Alex Mihail, premiering Zero Grasses commissioned by John Zorn 10/30/19. ... more

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