Joe's Pub at The Public Theater- Stephanie Chou: Comfort Girl

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater- Stephanie Chou: Comfort Girl

With Stephanie Chou '09CC
Date and time 
Mar 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event type 
Alumni Artist Event
  • $15
  • Doors open at 6pm
  • Show begins at 7pm
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

Generations of Chinese spoke of it only in whispers. A secret so taboo, that its thousands of innocent victims were viewed even by their own families with shame.

That changes tonight.

Comfort Girl is a musical exploration of the lives of Chinese 'comfort women' who were abducted into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII. The work is a tribute to these young women’s incandescent courage and indomitable spirit, not only while in captivity during the War but also—in a cruel irony—when they returned home to their families, who didn’t always welcome them back with open arms.

Of the 400,000+ victims, more than half were Chinese girls, imprisoned in their own homeland for months or years, as war raged throughout China. The music highlights an often-overlooked chapter in history that still has echoes today, as survivors continue to fight for justice, and sex trafficking and women’s rights are still a major global issue.

Stephanie Chou  is a saxophonist, singer, and composer based in New York City.  Her music combines classical and Chinese influences with jazz and pop harmonies and rhythms. Raised in Irvington, NY, Chou studied mathematics and music at Columbia University. In 2011, she released her first album, Prime Knot, a jazz quintet CD featuring trumpeter Marcus Printup (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). She has written for ballet and theater as well as for the concert stage. Her work “C for G” was commissioned and choreographed by American Ballet Theater principal ballerina Susan Jaffe, and features Kenny Wollesen on percussion and vibraphone. Peregrine Heard - narration.

Steph recently released a new album, Asymptote, which features jazz musicians Kenny Wollesen, David Binney, John Escreet, and Zack Lober, as well as viola and erhu virtuoso Andy Lin. She has performed her music in Taipei, Taiwan and Beijing, China.  She has also performed throughout New York City at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, B.B. King's, Joe's Pub, Miller Theater, and The Cutting Room, as well as in festivals in Italy, New Orleans, Chicago, Vermont (Discover Jazz Festival), and NY (Summer on the Hudson, Harlem Festival of the Arts, Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst).  In 2016, she released Compass, a duo CD with guitarist Octavia Romano.

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