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Saturday, June 24, 2017 Options
Jen Shyu:
Multilingual Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, Improviser, Singer, Storyteller, Dancer, Visionary

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Jen Shyu incorporates elements of music and dance from many countries into her ambitious performance works and recordings. But she doesn't just casually borrow a little bit of this or that - she is a firm believer in total immersion. Jen has spent years studying music, dance and storytelling in various countries. She's learned to speak as well as sing in Spanish, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Javanese, and even Tetum (a language spoken in Timor). She also plays a number of East Asian traditional instruments.

All that comes together in Jen Shyu's newest work, Nine Doors, which she will premiere in two World Music Institute-produced concert / performances at National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Thursday night June 29th at 7 pm and 10 pm. We'll learn about Nine Doors and much more when we meet this visionary artist on this week's show.

[The photo above is by Steven Schreiber, from Jen Shyu's solo opera Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Indonesian filmmaker/director Garin Nugroho at Roulette in Brooklyn in 2014.]

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Sin Sisamouth & Pan Ron: Jengjean Tboung Pram Options / Various Artists: Cambodian Bodega (0:00:00 )
Gary Sullivan's Bodega Pop Live (WFMU Drummer Stream) Premium CD

Ros Serey Sothea: Old Pot Still Cooks Good Rice Options / Various Artists: Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll / Dust-to-Digital (0:04:31 )

Phairin Phonphibun: Phak Ki Phu Chai Options / Lam Klom Thung: Essential Phairin Phonphibun / Em (0:07:16 )

So Sopheak: Oh! Sneah Options / Various Artists: Morodok Volume 29 / Khmer Kontrem DVD (0:15:08 )

Banteay Ampil Band: Don't Forget Khmer Blood Options / Cambodian Liberation Songs / Akuphone / * (0:19:25 )
New reissue of 1983 LP

Ssing Ssing: Nanbong-Ga Options / Live Recording (0:24:22 )
GIG: June 26 (Mon) Central Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, 72nd St. Mid-Park. 5 pm doors, 6 pm show. Year of the Ox + Ssing Ssing + Coreyah:

Coreyah: As Branca Options / Various Artists: #Partiu Exu (0:29:02 )

Jen Shyu: Interview Options (0:37:04 )

Jen Shyu: World of Baridegi (Excerpt) Options / Song of Silver Geese / Pi Recordings / * (0:51:14 )
Forthcoming release - October 2017

Jen Shyu: Contemplation (Excerpt) Options / Song of Silver Geese / Pi Recordings / * (0:53:04 )
Forthcoming release - October 2017

Jen Shyu: Interview Options (0:55:22 )

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Formation 1 (Excerpt) Options / The Mancy of Sound / Pi Recordings (1:10:49 )
Vocals by Jen Shyu

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Attila 02 (Dawning Ritual) Options / Harvesting Semblances and Affinities / Pi Recordings (1:15:50 )
Vocals by Jen Shyu

Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Para Pembakar Options / Sounds and Cries of the World / Pi Recordings (1:19:43 )

Jen Shyu: Interview Options (1:28:21 )

Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Li Bai Options / Jade Tongue (1:37:37 )

Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Mother of Time Options / Sounds and Cries of the World / Pi Recordings (2:03:51 )

Jen Shyu and Mark Dresser: Slope a Dope Options (2:20:20 )

Samba Toure: Ago Djamba Options / Various Artists: Mali Blues / Real Fiction / * (2:28:45 )

The Sakishima Meeting: Yu Nin Gai Options / The Silence of Sakishima (2:33:17 )

Yoshitoo!: Kanayo Options / Various Artists: Music from Okinawa 2016-2017 / Okinawa Prefectural Foundation for Cultural Promotion (2:37:19 )

Gasper Lawal: Irin Ajo Options / Kadara / GlobeStyle (2:43:15 )

Paito y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava: La Llorona Options / Gaita Negra / Sonidos Enraizados (2:54:06 )
GIG: Tonight starting around 9 pm at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens

Red Baraat: Bhangale Options / Bhangra Pirates / Rhyme & Reason / * (3:04:19 )
GIG: Thursday night at 8 at Brooklyn Bowl[

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 6/24/17 6:16pm slugluv1313:

hello Rob & listeners!
happy to be tuning in on this lovely Summer evening
eager to hear from Jen Shyu -- is that EIGHT languages/cultures?? fantastic!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 6:18pm Rob W:

Hi slugluv! And good evening and thanks to everyone for joining us.
In fact in the interview you'll hear Jen say she may be up to nine languages by now!
Avatar Sat. 6/24/17 6:27pm slugluv1313:

WOW! humbling and inspiring at the same time!
  Sat. 6/24/17 6:29pm Tom:

Such wild vocals! ;) Such pedestrian music :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 6:32pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Really digging the sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 6:40pm Ken From Hyde Park:

For what it's worth, I can program in four or five computer languages.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 6:47pm Rob W:

Very impressive Ken. I never made it past BASIC!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 7:13pm maestroso:

Wow, I wasn't aware of the Steve Coleman connexion. Nice!
  Sat. 6/24/17 8:15pm gd0:

Wonderful music, Jen!
  Sat. 6/24/17 8:21pm Bobby:

Jen is a great interview. That was cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 8:23pm Rob W:

Thanks folks. Apologies for the technical glitches - I should be able to swap in a clean version for the archive in a couple of days.
  Sat. 6/24/17 8:25pm katie:

I love your technical glitches. Found the vegan pizza in hipsterburg. Got a buffalo "chicken" if you want.
Avatar Sat. 6/24/17 8:33pm slugluv1313:

wonderful music and interview, glitches and all -- thanks, Rob!
(hi Katie! ooooo you mean Vinnie's? they are great -- well worth venturing into hipsterburg on a Saturday!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 8:39pm maestroso:

What a great interview! Thanks Rob for bringing us this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/24/17 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for bringing Jen Shyu to the air tonight. Maybe you can have her again someday.
Avatar Sat. 6/24/17 9:00pm Smilty69:

Awesome show, Rob. Thanks!
  Sat. 6/24/17 9:03pm gd0:

what was that red baraat track again, please?
  Sat. 6/24/17 9:05pm gd0:

thanx, rob!
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