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Bronx Council on the Arts and Raymour & Flanigan

Internationally-Acclaimed Vocalist, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist
and BCA BRIO Winner Jen Shyu on May 3rd inside
Raymour & Flanigan at Bronx Terminal Market


Join us for a wonderful performance by a truly talented performer!

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and Raymour & Flanigan invite you to a free 2:00pm concert by internationally-acclaimed vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and BCA BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) winner Jen Shyu .

May 3rd's performance will feature excerpts as as neak preview of Jen Shyu's solo opera, SOLO RITES: SEVEN BREATHS, directed by renowned Indonesian filmmaker/director Garin Nugroho. It is composed, sung and performed entirely by Shyu, who will be playing her many musical instruments including the Taiwanese moon lute and Korean gayageum.

WHEN: Saturday | May 3, 2014 | 2:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Raymour & Flanigan at Bronx Terminal Market
610 Exterior Street, Level 4 (corner of 151st Street), Bronx, NY 10451
PHONE: 718-931-9500 x33; on day of performance: 917-972-2386

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SEVEN BREATHS presents Jen Shyu's sonic, visual and visceral rites, and reflections upon her pilgrimage throughout Taiwan (her father's homeland), East Timor (her mother's homeland), Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Using multiple tools of expression in multiple languages (new improvised languages, as well as Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, indigenous Taiwanese languages, Tetum, Korean), this solo performance - that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and "projecting her ancestry" through contemporary monologue - will reveal a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal, giving voice to the silenced.

Jen Shyu is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, scholar, and educator who has performed as a solo artist, bandleader and collaborator. Her credits include singing with saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements since 2003, presenting her own music in the US and abroad, and performing with Anthony Braxton in his operas Trillium E and Trillium J.

Known for her specialization in lesser-known and disappearing traditional musical forms in Taiwan, Korea, China and East Timor, Shyu was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from 2011-13 and traveled in Indonesia to study Sindhenan, traditional Javanese improvisational singing. She is also a three-time winner of BCA's prestigious BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award. Her latest project is her groundbreaking solo opera calledSOLO RITES: SEVEN BREATHS.It was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation with its world premiere on Wednesday, May 28th at Roulette Intermedium, Inc. in Brooklyn.

Raymour & Flanigan is a family-owned and operated furniture company featuring a huge selection of home furnishings, from Bernhardt, Cindy Crawford, Kathy Ireland, and more. Visit their Bronx Terminal Market location and peruse their furniture collection of quality bedroom, living room, and youth bedroom furniture, as well as their stylish home décor and area rugs selection.

Directions to Bronx Terminal Market (BTM):

Subway: 2, 4, or 5 train to 149 St & Grand Concourse. Walk three blocks west to River Ave. Walk north on River Ave. BTM is on your left. B, D, or 4 train to 161st-Yankee Stadium. Walk south on River Ave to 151st St. BTM is on your right.

Bus: Bx13 to the BTM bus stop at River Ave & 149 St. Additional directions can be found at

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