SAN FRANCISCO, October 21, 2021 — Poet, playwright, performer, and educator Genny Lim speaks to Jen Shyu and Sumi Tonooka about the evolution of her career as an artist and writer. This is a part of Asia Society’s In the Green Room: Layering Legacies of Women in Jazz.
FULL INTERVIEW (52 min., 26 min.)
In the Green Room: Layering Legacies of Asian and Black American Women in Jazz comprises performances, a series of video interviews with women in jazz, and interactive workshops with a cohort of millennial musicians. Harnessing the power of music and storytelling, Jen Shyu and Sumi Tonooka draw upon their own personal stories and those recorded with Toshiko Akyoshi composer/ jazz pianist/big band leader, Genny Lim, poet/playwright/ performer/ educator, Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer/composer and Linda May Han Oh, bassist/composer. The weaving of these extraordinary stories creates an intimate portal into living histories across generations. The project was conceived by composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Jen Shyu, and composer/pianist, Sumi Tonooka. They were joined in performance by drummer/composer, Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist/composer, Linda May Han Oh.
Funding for In the Green Room: Layering Legacies of Asian and Black American Women in Jazz is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the Asia Society Performing Arts Fund and Helen and Will Little.