Jo-Yu Chen, with her inspired pianism and her originality—as a tune-smith and an instrumentalist—is poised to rise above the dozens of very talented young players into the ranks of the elite group of piano trio artists. - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz 柔らかい浮遊感のあるピアノ・タッチに心が癒される。 一度聴いたら虜になる不思議な魔力を持っている。 - Yasuhiro Fujioka, ジャズ 批評, Japan Les 25 Meilleurs Disques de L'Année. - L'Express, France Les onze compositions personnelles formant cet album, le troisième, affirment une réelle inventivité….Une approche lunaire du clavier qui surprend pour finalement exercer la plus irrésistible des fascinations. - Jean-Pierre Jackson, L'Express, France Aventureux album…"Stranger" dessine en effet les contours d'un jazz conjuguant avec bonheur des influences très classiques, un zeste d'exotisme, et les improvisation les plus gonflées. - Philippe Blanchet, Rolling Stone, France Toucher irréprochable….qu'elle entretient des relations privilegiees avec sa section rhythmique (entre elle et son batteur, c'est quasiment télépathique. - Jazzman, France Souverän reiht sich Chen in die Riege junger Jazzpianisten ein, die weltweit die Grenzen zwischen klassischer Ausbildungsherkunft, regionalen Folklorismen und den Spielformen aktueller Musik aufheben. - Josef Engels, Jazz thing, Germany Jo-Yu Chen Stranger, 4 stars. - Franz XA Zipperer, Jazzthetik, Germany Il tocco di Chen e sicuro, bruno, ricco di cromatismi e di influenze diverse, compresa la classica contemporanea piu ardita (Fragments). - Alceste Ayroldi, Musica Jazz, Italy Da er det tydeligere at hun er velutdannet komponist. Hun klarer å lage originale smittende melodier i et melankolsk, litt mørkt sound. Som pianist er Chen både sikker, leken og temperamentsfull. Og ikke så redd for å bryte med det vakre med små og store utbrudd. - Per Risnes, Dagens Nageringsliv, Norway son jeu fait confiance au silence, se soucie de profondeur. - Michel Barbey, Le Temps, Switzerland 2014 년 주목해야할, 재즈 피아니스트! 조유첸! 5 stars. - Mnet, Korea
- 董鴻鈞, HiFi Monthly, Taiwan
若玗以低調極簡的演奏風格, 優秀的創作才華行走國際. 而且越見從容。
- 吳子嬰, Macao Daily News, China
- 林采韻, China Times
Jo-Yu Chen's third album, "Stranger" featuring guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, has been released internationally on Okeh Records with Sony Music on Feb 14, 2014. She is the first Taiwanese jazz artist to be signed to a major record label, and has also joined the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.
Chen has been featured in jazz magazines internationally. Her new Album "Stranger" was voted "25 best albums of the year" in French weekly magazine "L'Express".
She received rave reviews in Downbeat, Jazziz, All About Jazz, Jazz Inside in the US and also appeared in Japanese magazines, such as "Jazz Japan" (formerly Swing Journal) as "Star of the Month", and Jazz Critique (ジャズ批評) with a 3-pages in-depth interview. Others include center fold publication in the Norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet" , Macao Daily News (China), Rolling Stone (France), Jazzman (France), JAZZTHETIK (Germany), Jazz thing (Germany), Mnet (Korea), MusicaJazz (Italia), All About Jazz Italia, Jazzflits (Netherlands), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Le Temps (Switzerland), China Times News (Taiwan), and Muzik (Taiwan).
A native of Taiwan, New York-based pianist and composer Jo-Yu Chen began her formal musical training on piano at the age of five. Later, at the age of nine she also began studying the oboe.. Despite picking up a new instrument, she always remained deeply committed to the piano. After moving to New York City to study oboe and piano at the prestigious Juilliard School, she discovered a diverse musical scene thriving in the heart of the city and decided to take the leap from classical music to jazz.
This adventure began when Chen enrolled in the New School to study Jazz for two years. During that time, she studied with some of today's great jazz piano masters, including Jason Moran, Sam Yahel, and Kevin Hays. While there, her talent was quickly recognized.
In 2009, Chen self-released her first record as the band leader. Entitled "Obsession," it is a trio album co-produced by Chen and Sam Yahel. She chose to round out her trio with bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Tommy Crane, two highly in-demand fixtures in the NYC Jazz community. Along successful release of her album, she went on to perform at the most prestigious concert halls in her homeland, including the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Her performances generated great buzz in the press and were well-received by the audience.
Chen's first self-released trio album, "Obsession," was officially released by Sony Music in May 2011. The followup album, entitled "Incomplete Soul," was released in September 2011.
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