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Jen Shyu (Jennifer Lay Shyu)

2015
Music
Travel and Study
New York City

SHYU, JEN, Bronx, New York, will travel to East Timor and West Timor, from the city of Suai in the East Timorese district of Cova Lima, westward to the village of Laran in West Timor. Shyu plans to learn, document, and compare the traditional music and ritual language of different elder female storytellers’ versions of the Wehali tale about the woman warrior legend named Ho’a Nahak Samane Oan, who disguised herself as a man in order to conquer a rival king. This trip will incorporated into her work as a multilingual and multicultural composer and experimental jazz vocalist.

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