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About the program
The Hermitage North @ New College series* launches with experimental vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and Fulbright scholar Jen Shyu, Friday, November 16, 2 p.m., at the Music Room at College Hall, New College, 351 College Drive, Sarasota.
In this presentation, Jen Shyu will perform her music and include an interactive intermedia improvisation. She offers a glance at her journey from classical music and ballet training into the jazz and creative music worlds. Shyu will explore how her path to becoming a composer was inspired by fieldwork research in Taiwan, Cuba, East Timor, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan. She will also share ideas and inspiration on how musicians can integrate their interests, talents, and passions into their own unique expression outside of any categories.
Jen Shyu is widely regarded for her virtuosic singing and riveting stage presence, carving out her own beyond-category space in the art world. New York Times critic, Ben Ratlif, called Shyu’s concerts, “The most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years. It’s not just the meticulous preparation of the work and the range of its reference, but its flexibility: She seems open, instinctual, almost fearless.” Shyu has performed her own music on such prestigious world stages as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at preeminent festivals worldwide.
Hermitage North @ New College allows us to share newly created artistic thinking with audiences at both the north and south ends of Sarasota County.
*This partnership between Hermitage and New College is made possible in part through a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to New College: Connecting the Arts + Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.