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Jennifer Shyu

United States

Grants Awarded

2013 | Music | Indonesia

ACC provided support to Jennifer Shyu to travel to Surakarta, Indonesia to develop creative, collaborative projects with local artists.

2009 | Music | China

to collaborate with contemporary musician and former ACC grantee Na Wu in Beijing

2007 | Music | Taiwan

to research indigenous music in Taiwan


Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

February 14, 2017

The experimental jazz vocalist Jen Shyu, whose parents are immigrants from Taiwan and East Timor, established a new type of identity drawing unrestrained inspiration from her research into folklore music of five Asian countries/regions — from the remote mountains of East Timor to the river communities of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Directed by the renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, this solo music drama invites audience to the musical pilgrimage in six languages through East Timor, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea of the artist named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” by The Nation.

Jen Shyu received ACC Fellowships in 2007 and 2013 to research music in Taiwan and Indonesia.

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Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (AsiaTOPA)

February 13, 2017 - March 6, 2017

Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an artistic celebration of Australia's relationship with contemporary Asia. Vital, fresh and always unpredictable, Asia TOPA offers a city-wide window onto the creative imaginations fuelling the many cultures of the region.

The Asia Triennial of Performing Arts features numerous dance works from all over the region. China’s avant-garde Tao Dance Theatre performs two pieces from Tao Ye’s Straight Line Trilogy; in Eko Supriyanto’s Balabala, women combine dance with martial arts while his Cry Jailolo is a paean to endangered nature; Javanese music duo Senyawa together with Dance­north and Lucy Guerin Inc present Attractor, a “trance-noise odyssey”; and in Dancing with Death, Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun creates a space between life and afterlife inspired by the Phi Ta Khon ghost festival; and and the world premier of Wang Chong's "Little Emperors." Jen Shyu will have a solo recital on February 18.

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Jen Shyu: Nine Doors

June 29, 2017

ACC grantee Jen Shyu, the acclaimed avant-garde vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, 2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar premieres "Nine Doors," a solo ritual music drama, in eight languages. "Nine Doors" is a work that promises to evoke at levels both personal and global. Nine was inspired by the loss of Shyu’s friend Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” a master of Javanese shadow puppetry who died with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident at the age of 30. His 6-year-old daughter, who survived the crash, is the central character.

Time stops as she encounters powerful female legends—from the Wehali Kingdom of Timor to the Korean folkloric myth of Baridegi, the mother of all shamans—who become her guides. Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, the work reflects the parallels that exist between life and death, different cultures, and the importance of empathy over destructive assumptions that divide humanity.

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Creative Music Studio WORKSHOP RETREAT

April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018

CMS Workshops at GHMS feature three days of intensive workshops, master classes, intimate concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire active listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Musicians of any instrument, including voice, are welcome as are non-musicians. 

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Performance / United States

Jen Shyu's ZERO GRASSES solo world premiere

October 30, 2019

New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.

The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, Zorn’s revolutionary venue “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde”, which served as a vital spot for new music in the East Village for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of The Stone, hosting artists selected by John Zorn presenting world premieres of new works.

This month’s concert features ACC alumna and groundbreaking composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and vocalist Jen Shyu and her new solo multilingual, multimedia drama, ZERO GRASSES, directed by Alexandru Mihail with set and props design by Kristen Robinson and lighting design by Solomon Weisbard.

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Solo at Magic Triangle Jazz Series

November 7, 2019

Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, ACC alumna Jen Shyu's multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy. | | Tickets $15; Students $7 | Accessible Seating available by calling the Box Office |

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Performance / United States

Nine Doors solo at Just Jazz Concert Series

November 13, 2019

Wednesday Nights will never be the same as the JazzCat LeRoy Downs, Mr Musichead Art Gallery and All Music Television present the Just Jazz Live After Work Concert Series with a Jen Shyu Solo Performance on Wednesday, November 13th at the Mr Musichead Art Gallery on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Come early for a Wine Reception and Art Gallery tour and stay for the music. Visit to check out upcoming shows, artists bios and performance schedules and to buy posters and tickets. The Just Jazz Live Music After Work Concert Series. Where Music & Art Meet. Every Wednesday beginning May 23, 2018. Doors open at 6pm. VIP Reserved guests receive guaranted seating and free beer and wine. Limited seating.

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Zero Grasses solo on Gassmann Electronic Music Series at University of California Irvine

November 15, 2019

In Zero Grasses, ACC alumna Jen Shyu weaves together composition, vocals, dance, piano, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, and electronics into a ritualistic solo performance. This new project addresses—and aims to heal—the loss of communication between humanity and nature, and the need to restore human bonds.

Free and open to the public.

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Jen Shyu Residency @ The Stone Brooklyn curated by John Zorn

December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019

December 6 & 7, 2019
8pm each night, ACC alumna Jen Shyu Residency @ The Stone Brooklyn curated by John Zorn
Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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Performance / United States

Zero Grasses solo at CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

December 13, 2019

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents CROSSING BOUNDARIES Concert Series Vol. 11, ZERO GRASSES, curated by ACC alumna Jen Shyu. ZERO GRASSES will include a video fieldwork presentation plus a short participatory intermedia workshop for the audience (tentatively scheduled for 6:30 pm) before the performance. The performance itself (at 8 pm) will feature new compositions by Ms. Shyu.

curator and musician: Jen Shyu

This is the eighth and final concert in the series during 2019 and will take place on December 13, 2019 at 8 pm at CRS.

Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Students and seniors with valid ID can purchase tickets for $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at, by phone (212-677-8621), and at CRS.

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Grantee: Jennifer Shyu