Monday, July 21, 2014
Mid-Summer Night Music
The Uncertainty Music Series presents an intriguing double-bill on Wednesday July 23 at 8 p.m. in The Big Room, 319 Peck Street in New Haven. Headlining the event is vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu. Ms. Shyu (pictured left), a native of Peoria, Illinois, got involved in the arts at the age of 6 when she began ballet training. At 7, she began studying violin and, at 8, started piano lessons. She turned her attention to vocal training at the age of 12 continuing along different racks through her college career at Stanford University. Meeting Yosvany and Yunior Terry plus Dafnis Prieto turned her on to Afro-Cuban music, gong on to study in Cuba. Over the last decade, Ms. Shyu has studied and performed with Steve Coleman Five Elements and gone on to study Taiwanese music and culture. She has recorded with bassist Mark Dresser for Pi Recordings and issued 2 CDs as a leader for her own label. Ms. Shyu has also worked with Professor Anthony Braxton on his operas, including "Trillium E."
Her music certainly reflects her myriad interests, from storytelling to dance, traditional music to free improv. Mixing and matching traditional instruments with her soprano voice, Ms. Shyu breaks down barriers. To find out more, go to www.jenshyu.com.
For more information about Broadcloth, go to www.broadclothtrio.com. To find more about the show and the series, go to uncertaintymusic.com.
His own music bring in influences from many styles of contemporary American music, from standards to intelligent originals. Mr. Abercrombie, who is featured on the reed player's 2008 Sunnyside release, "Flag Day", does a fine job of blending his electric lines with the airy tenor and woody bass clarinet. To find out more about the leader and his music, go to www.adamkolker.com.
He's released 5 CDs as a leader, the latest, "On The #1", coming in May of this year. For this gig, his Sextet includes Igor Atalita (piano), Ruben Rodriguez (bass), Craig Rivers (saxophones, flute), Diego Lopez (drums) and Bryan Carrott (vibraphone). This should be a fun evening, filled with exciting rhythms and dancing tunes. To find to more about the leader, go to www.stevekroon.com.
Pianist Benito Gonzalez (just in Hartford supporting Azar Lawrence) and drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi, both of whom play on the new CD, join bassist Essiet Okon Essiet (also part of Lawrence's group) in the handsome performance space. To learn more about Eric Wyatt, go to www.ericwyatt-music.com.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on each for the 8:30 first set. For tickets, reservations and more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886.