Shyu, Jen/Mark Dresser - Synastry

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"Synastry is a collaboration between groundbreaking vocalist Jen Shyu and master bassist Mark Dresser that demonstrates new possibilities for jazz singing. Shyu, a member of influential saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, is well known for her tonally exacting and rhythmically incisive singing. On Synastry, accompanied only by Dresser’s acoustic bass, her voice is thrown into stark relief, giving full evidence to her complete control of microtonal shadings, deep sense of rhythm, and highly developed ear for lyrical and melodic improvisation. In addition to English and Chinese, she sings in a wholly improvised vocalese that utilizes phonemes derived from her mastery of seven different languages learned through her studies of indigenous music in Indonesia, East Timor, Taiwan, Brazil, and Cuba. Dresser, who is well known for using extended technique to tap the full sonic potential of the acoustic bass, envelops Shyu’s voice in an aura of intimate mystery."

Jen Shyu: vocals
Mark Dresser: acoustic bass

“Shyu’s ability to hear dissonance, melody, and every inch of her own compositions allowed her to take on the role of both storyteller and instrumentalist, through her voice.” — All About Jazz

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