Artistically, what do you do & why do you do it?
As an American-East Timorese-Taiwanese experimental jazz artist with multiple identities, what I practice and perform around the world is a form of urban shamanism. My commitment to making this kind of work results in my performances fostering great compassion among people from all backgrounds on and off stage as I spread wider and dig deeper into my vision and craft as ritualist, composer, improviser, dancer, actress, multi-instrumentalist (piano, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, er hu, Timorese lakado, found objects), researcher, educator, and advocate for music traditions worldwide. Above all, I am a vocalist who sings in new improvised languages and existing ones (Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, indigenous Taiwanese languages, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, etc.) in order to enable both audience and performer to transcend beyond what they knew themselves to be. Whether soloist or collaborator, I strive to create unrecognizable yet ecstatic, frightening, and transformative musical experiences for my audience by offering my voice as a bridge for the listener’s travel through complex sonic architectures, ultimately leading to his or her revelation and recovery from past sorrow.