An excerpt of Jen Shyu's "Raging Waters, Red Sands" as performed at the 10:30pm show at the Jazz Gallery in New York City on December 04, 2009.
Jen Shyu, composition, voice, dance, er hu
Satoshi Haga, dance
Ivan Barenboim, clarinet
Chris Dingman, vibes
Mat Maneri, viola
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
~Poetry by Patrícia Magalhães
"The water god, in anger, cuts a hole in the sky. The sky opens. Rain pours out like a river, submerging the earth, allotting one man the fate to choose between saving his villagers from the flooding waters or being loyal to his wife and yet unborn son.
Notions of love, existence, and universal versus personal obligation are tested in this modern myth based on an ancient narrative form called Shuo-chang, literally meaning speak-sing in Mandarin Chinese. The narrative mixes Portuguese, Tetum, English, Taiwanese, and Mandarin interchangeably with the sound and space of voice (Jen Shyu, composer), dance (Satoshi Haga, choreographer), viola (Mat Maneri), clarinet (Ivan Barenboim), vibraphone (Chris Dingman), and percussion (Satoshi Takeishi). Poetry by Patrícia Magalhães, commissioned by the Jazz Gallery with support from the Jerome Foundation."