MARK DRESSER & JEN SHYU: Otherworldly Improvisations & Multi-tongued Narrative Songs
Sunday, April 4

Mark Dresser and Jen Shyu present their longstanding project “DUO,” which evokes unpredictable aural-theatrical landscapes of multi-tongued narrative song and otherworldly improvisations.

As a soloist and bandleader based in New York City, Jen Shyu (vocals, dance, erhu, compositions) has established herself as a pioneering vocalist, composer, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist in improvisational avant-garde jazz. Since 2003, Shyu has been a core member of the group Steve Coleman and Five Elements. She has received support from the MacDowell Colony, Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation/Roulette, Jazz Gallery, and Bronx Council on the Arts.
Jen Shyu

Grammy-nominated Mark Dresser (bass, compositions) is a renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. His research has centered on extending the sonic and musical possibilities of the double bass through the use of unconventional amplification. Since 2006, he has been actively involved in telematic performance: multiple-location live music made over the Internet. In the April 2009, he co-directed, composed, conducted and performed “Deep Tones for Peace,” a telematic performance between thirteen bass players in Jerusalem and New York City. And last November, he co-directed, composed, conducted and performed “ResoNations,” a five-site performance for twenty-six musicians between the United Nations in New York, UC San Diego, The Banff Centre in Canada, Queens University at Belfast, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul. He is professor of music at UC San Diego.

Mark has recorded many CDs and a solo DVD. He currently tours and records with Trio M, Mauger and Jones Jones. For eighteen years he lived in New York City, where he recorded and performed with Anthony Braxton, Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Osertag, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn, and many others.

$12 – $15 admission. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Show at 7:00 pm.

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