As the son of Chinese immigrants in America, I search for ways music connects people with the places they call home. I am blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the mountains & water retain power alongside 21st century technology. This informs my songs of dislocation created to honor the ritual of people who gather to listen.
Composer Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) creates musical events the Seattle Weekly calls “as exquisite and imaginative as they are unclassifiable.”
Works include TURBINE (commissioned by Leah Stein Dance Company and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia with support from New Music USA), Farewell: A Fantastical Contemplation on America's Relationship with China (commissioned by Donald Byrd and Spectrum Dance Theatre), Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (Chicago Composers Orchestra), YIJU 移居: Songs of Dislocation (Jack Straw New Media Gallery), The Orphan of Zhao (directed by Carey Perloff), performed at American Conservatory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, Piano Concerto—Houston (media sculpture by Susie J. Lee), commissioned by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts for the inaugural CounterCurrent Festival, and Stuck Elevator (libretto by Aaron Jafferis, directed by Chay Yew), premiered at the American Conservatory Theatre and performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Stuck Elevator was called “a vibrant opera-musical theater hybrid with a story both personally compelling and eye-opening” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “audacious, compelling and hugely imaginative” by the Huffington Post.
Honors include a Creative Capital Award and Time Warner Foundation Fellowship, as well as support from Aldeburgh Music in the UK, the Dragon Foundation in Hong Kong, the Darmstadt Institute in Germany, and Foundation Gaudeamus in Holland. Au Yong has been composer-in-residence with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, three Sundance Institute Theatre Labs, and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.
Articles by Byron Au Yong:
From August 18-21, 2011, over 500 taiko enthusiasts gathered at the eighth biennial North American Taiko Conference sponsored by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, organized by the Northern...
As a Chinese-American composer who writes from the margins, I know that I must abolish the central love of my youth--the piano--and find other tools to survive in a new...