Byron Au Yong

  • Seattle, WA
  • 10/19/2013
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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



Steve Peters
(206) 290-1601

Love Songs Fill Former Orphanage

Nonsequitur is pleased to announce Welladay! Welladay! a collection of wayward love songs for the Chapel Performance Space happening Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8 PM.

Performed in the historic Good Shepherd Center on the wooden stairs leading to the fourth-floor and inside the Chapel itself, Welladay! Welladay!  sweeps through 36 James Joyce love poems. Vocalist Betsy Baeskens Giri, and a piano trio (violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar, cellist Lori Goldston, pianist Tiffany Lin) perform in this musical ceremony by Seattle-based composer Byron Au Yong. The music nods to the orphans and "wayward girls" who once lived in the building.

"I am inspired by the Good Shepherd Center – built in 1907 as an orphanage and home for unwed mothers – as well as James Joyce's Chamber Music, published in 1907," says composer Byron Au Yong. "The title, Welladay! Welladay! comes from poem 9 of 36. It is an archaic interjection. In a time of shootings and bombings, I think of love and find fragmented songs."

Welladay! Welladay! is presented by Nonsequitur's Wayward Music Series, with thanks to the Frye Art Museum and Historic Seattle.


Nonsequitur presents Welladay! Welladay! by Seattle composer Byron Au Yong

Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 8:00 PM

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th floor, in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood (all ages, no alcohol, wheelchair access, on site parking)

$5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door, cash/checks only
(no advance tickets or reservations)

Contact: Steve Peters at Nonsequitur, or (206) 290-1601.
Artist interviews and photos available upon request.

Dispatch Details

Doors Open: 7:30PM
Concert Start Time: 8PM
Venue: Chapel Performance Space
Venue St. Address: 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th floor
Venue City, State: Seattle, WA
Venue Zip: 98103
Venue Link: Click here
Ticket Price(s): $5-15
Event Notes: sliding scale suggested donation at the door, cash/checks only (no advance tickets or reservations)
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