Byron Au Yong

  • Seattle, WA
  • 01/06/2012
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Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) combines western classical music, Chinese folk elements and American musical theatre with a penchant for the avant-garde. His interdisciplinary projects, scored for voices with Asian, European and handmade instruments have been performed in concert halls, festivals, theaters, museums and site-specific locations.

Works include Stuck Elevator, premiered at the American Conservatory Theatre, Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs performed by the Stanford Chorale, Surrender: A T’ai Qi Cantata, for 24 moving voices commissioned by The Esoterics, YIJU: Songs of Dislocation developed at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery and Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas performed in 64 waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest.

International projects include Salt Lips Touching premiered outside a Confucian Temple at the Jeonju Sanjo Festival in South Korea, Edge performed at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in Germany and Forbidden Circles performed at the Fukuoka Gendai Hogaku Festival and International House of Japan.

Au Yong has worked with the top taiko ensembles in North America including On Ensemble, Portland Taiko and TAIKOPROJECT. In addition, he curated the exhibition A Bridge Home: Music in the Lives of Asian Pacific Americans for the Wing Luke Museum, where he serves on a Community Advisory Committee.

Honors include an American Composers Forum Grant, Creative Capital Award, Ford Foundation Fellowship, 4Culture Award for Innovation, Meet the Composer Commission and Time Warner Foundation Fellowship. Internationally, Au Yong has received support from Aldeburgh Music in the UK, the Dragon Foundation in Hong Kong, the Darmstadt Institute in Germany, and Foundation Gaudeamus in Holland.

Recordings of Au Yong's music are available on New World Records, Periplum and Present Sounds Recordings. His namesake comes from Lord Byron and Ouyang Xiu (歐陽脩), two poets who wrote about love.

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Classical | World Music/Contemporary | Opera/Vocal



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Live Music Crumples Inside Gigantic Paper Tent

SEATTLE – Dec. 27, 2011 – On Friday, January 6, 2012, for two performances only, the Seattle Art Museum presents O(PA)PERA, a live music-installation that combines displaced musicians, handmade paper, flashing lights, seismic waves and a chaotic supermoon in a magical/musical/mystical experience.

Performing from the heart of a gigantic paper tent, a musical quartet (Byron Au Yong, Jeremiah Cawley, Tiffany Lin & Tari Nelson-Zagar) sings and plays er-hu, violin, viola, cello, trombone, toy pianos, typewriters & percussion. The performances start at 7 & 8 p.m. in the Arnold Board Room of the Seattle Art Museum Downtown located at First Avenue & Union Street (1300 1st Ave, Seattle 98101).

Co-created by composer/performer Byron Au Yong and director/conceptual/installation artist Roger Benington, O(PA)PERA investigates ephemera and responds to Luminous: The Art of Asia amidst earthquakes around the Pacific Rim as well as financial meltdowns around the globe. The audience gathers around this installation for a performance that cycles numerous times.

Dispatch Details

Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Concert Start Time: Two Shows: 7 & 8 p.m.
Venue: Seattle Art Museum
Venue St. Address: 1300 First Avenue
Ticket Price(s): $6-$12
Ticket Phone: (206) 654-3121
Venue Link: Click here
Ticket URL: Click here
Event Notes: Please note that the performances will be standing room only, due to the immersive nature of this event.
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