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Barrier-breaking alternative radio artist to perform at IU Northwest

A favorite on the alternative college radio scene, the multi-faceted Magdalen Hsu-Li has blazed her own path into stardom through her sweet siren voice, awareness raising lyrics and as a catalytic voice for cross-cultural perceptions in America.

She will perform her blend of edgy piano-based melodies and spoken word at Indiana University Northwest on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. This performance is free and open to all.

In between her many engagements across the country, which even has included conducting lectures on what Hsu-Li calls true diversity, she is recording her third album, Smashing the Ceiling. She is the founder of Chickpop Records, which in 1998 featured the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album Evolution. The single, "Monkeygirl," earned awards and much airplay from college radio stations. Her second album release, Fire, was released earlier this year.

First generation American from Chinese ancestry, Hsu-Li left her rural southern home in Martinsville, Va., to head to Rhode Islandís School of Design in Providence. There she won the coveted Oxbow Fellowship, Talbot Rantoul Scholarship and Florence Leif Scholarship for Excellence in Painting. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and instead of heading to New York City, she migrated to Seattle where Hsu-Li immersed herself in the legendary Seattle music scene of the early 1990s. She began her study of jazz and classical music at Cornish College of the Arts, and was the recipient of the 1995 Cornish Music Scholarship, studying with internationally renowned classical pianists.

This event is co-sponsored by the IU Northwest Womenís Studies Program, Student Activities Board and Diversity Programming Group of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning. For more information, please call (219) 980-6680 or visit Magdalen Hsu-Liís official Web site at:



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Kim Kintz
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