Open Space: Songs of our Distant Presence
June 27, 2020 7:00PM EST
Explore the new reality and current moment with Jen Shyu, multilingual vocalist-composer-multi-instrumentalist-dancer. Listen to the world premiere of "Songs of Our Distant Presence: Book 1,” new music composed by Ms. Shyu set to poems written by her Patreon patrons, her mother, and herself. She will also present songs of protest, from testimonies of both Chinese indentured laborers in Cuba who worked alongside African enslaved people in the 19th century and East Timorese women during their struggle for independence from Indonesia in 2002; to her own experience as an Asian American born and raised in a farm town in Illinois and her response to the now. Each night features a mix of different works, some unique to each night. She sings, plays piano, Taiwanese moon lute, and a menagerie of other instruments as well.
Jen is donating 50% of her ticket sales to the AACM, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. In her words, "I'm grateful for not only the mentorship AACM artists have given me for the last 20 years, but also their pure love and commitment to empowering Black communities around the world and their tireless advocacy for marginalized people through creative music.”