Byron Au Yong

歐 陽 良 仁

University of San Francisco

Performing Arts & Social Justice

281 Masonic Avenue #201

San Francisco CA  94118

bauyong@usfca.edu

www.hearbyron.com

COMMISSIONS (in development)

Asian Arts Initiative, Montalvo Arts Center, Wing Luke Museum · Activist Songbook (2017-2020)

Exploratorium · APUR (Artistic Practice towards Urban Resilience) (2017-2018)

American Conservatory Theater · Port City (2016-2018)

Virginia Tech and International Festival of Arts & Ideas · (Be)longing (2014-2017)

Violinist Rebecca Fischer and artist Anthony Hawley · Water Partitas (2016)

Frye Art Museum · Mo Sheng 墨声 Ink Sound (2015)

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company · Turbine (2014-2015)

American Conservatory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse · The Orphan of Zhao 趙氏孤兒 (2014)

University of Houston Mitchell Center for the Arts · Piano Concerto–Houston (2013-2014)

March Music Moderne · Tangosa (2014)

Nonsequitur · Welladay! Welladay! Wayward Love Songs (2013)

Chicago Composers Orchestra · Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (2013)

Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig · Kiss/Kuss/吻 (2013)

Seattle Art Museum · O(pa)pera (2012)

Spectrum Dance Theater and Seattle Theater Group · The Mother of Us All (2010-2011)

Portland Taiko · Fifteen (2010)

Spectrum Dance Theater and Seattle Theater Group · Farewell (2009-2010)

Whim W’him · 3Seasons (2010)

Portland Taiko · News (2008)

East-West Piano Arts Series · Island: Theme and Migrations (2007)

Portland Taiko · Ji Mo 寂寞: The Stillness of Solitude (2007)

4Culture and the Issaquah Arts Commission · Ishquoh: Where Sounds Meet (2006)

SEAMUS Festival · Mare Insularum: Sea of Islands (2006)

Seattle Asian Art Museum · Piao Zhu 飄竹: Flying Bamboo (2006)

Z.A. Ensemble · Samai: Lost in Time (2006)

Ōn Ensemble · After-Effect (2005-2006)

Z.A. Ensemble · Becoming (2005)

The Esoterics · Surrender: A T’ai Qi Cantata (2005)

Ōn Ensemble · Two by Four (2003)

Ōn Ensemble · Crazy Eights (2003)

TAIKOPROJECT · Home, created with Michelle Fujii (2002-2003)

Jeonju Sanjo Festival · Salt Lips Touching (2003)

Cellist Loren Dempster · QI: Quarendo Invenientes (2002)

Seattle Art Museum · Archaeology (2001)

The Esoterics · Tian Wen 天文: Questions of Heaven (2000)

The Esoterics · Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs (2000)

The Esoterics · Holding (1999)

DISCOGRAPHY

Turbine (DVD) · Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia 2015

Piano Concerto–Houston · Bay Records 2014

YIJU 移居 · Present Sounds Records 2012

Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas · Bay Records 2009

Rhythms of Change · Portland Taiko 2009

BreathPlay · Bay Records 2007

Dust and Sand · Ōn Ensemble 2005

Walking · Periplum Records 2001

Itadakimasu! · Karakarakara Records 1999

eXchange: China · CRI/New World Records 1999

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco

Performing Arts & Social Justice – Music Program · San Francisco 2016-present

Courses Taught (^ denotes curricular invention):

^ Chinese Percussion Ensemble

^ Creating Soundscapes

^ Music for Theater

   Music Theory

   Musicianship and Principles of Tonal Theory

^ Producing Concerts

^ Unruly Rhythms

Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts

Dance Department · Seattle 2007-2016

Courses Taught (^ denotes curricular invention):

^ Listening to Music

   Music for Dancers

^ Rhythmic Fundamentals

Music Department · Seattle 2010-2016

Courses Taught:

   Composition

   Counterpoint

   18th Century Music Theory

   Form & Analysis

Humanities & Sciences Department · Seattle 2008/2012

Courses Taught (^ denotes curricular invention):

^ Art & Social Justice, team-taught with Tonya Lockyer

   Integrated Studies – Asian American Performance

Graduate Teaching Fellow, UCLA

World Arts & Cultures · Los Angeles 2001-2003

Courses Taught as Teaching Assistant:

  Arts in the Community (led by Peter Tokofsky)

  Introduction to World Arts & Cultures (led by David Rousseve and Christopher Waterman)

ADDITIONAL TEACHING

Guest Lecturer

Virginia Tech “The Arts & Social Transformation” course · Blacksburg 2017

Westminster Choir College “Music and Trauma” course · Princeton 2016

Photo Center Northwest “Asian Men in the American Media” · Seattle 2014

Virginia Tech “Peace and Violence” course · Blacksburg 2014

Science Leadership Academy “Music Fundamentals” · Philadelphia 2014

Workshop Leader

Giant Steps Music Action Lab 2.0 · San Francisco 2017

   Composition Workshop

 

Creative Capital Professional Development Program · various locations 2012-present

   Artist Advisor    

   Art Business Management

   Art Business Management webinar

   Internet Essentials for Artists

   Promoting Your Work

Rutgers University Center for Migration & the Global City · Newark 2012

   Social Media, Storytelling & Performance, co-led with playwright Jen Haley

North American Taiko Conferences · 2006-2012

   Composition Track · Portland State University 2012

   Seven Ways to Develop Material · Stanford University 2011

   Chinese Drumming Patterns · University of Washington 2010

   Seven Ways to Develop Material · JACCC Los Angeles 2009

   Composing for Taiko · St. Mary’s Academy, Portland 2006

Encores! In Residence · New York City Center 2003-2004

   Songwriting

NOTABLE AWARDS

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Building Demand for the Arts with A.C.T. · USA 2016-2018

Artist Trust Fellowship · Seattle 2016

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music · USA 2014

New Music USA Project Grant · USA 2014

Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Original Musical · San Francisco 2013

NEFA National Theater Pilot Award · USA 2012-2013

Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award · USA 2012

Time Warner Foundation Fellowship · USA 2012

CityArtists Project Award · Seattle 2011

Creative Capital Award · USA 2009-2011

Cornish College of the Arts Faculty Development Award · Seattle 2011

MAP Fund Award · USA 2007-2008

4Culture Award for Innovation · Seattle 2006

Washington State Arts Commission Travel Grant · Seattle 2006

Dragon Foundation Fellowship · Hong Kong & Xi'an China 2006

Artist Trust GAP Grants · Seattle 1998/2006

Asian & Pacific Islander Artist Presenting Initiative Award · Los Angeles 2006

Meet the Composer Grant · USA 2005

NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Award · USA 2005

Jack Straw Productions New Media Gallery Award · Seattle 2003-2004

TDR (The Drama Review) Graduate Student Essay Contest Winner · MIT Press 2004

American Composers Forum Subito Grant · USA 2003

Durfee Foundation ARC Grant · Los Angeles 2003

Fukuoka Gendai Hogaku Festival Award · Japan 2002

NEA Creativity Award · USA 2002

Ford Foundation Fellowship · Malaysia/USA 2000-2002

GLAMA Awards Best Contemporary Classical Composer Finalist · USA 1999

Jack Straw Productions Artist Support Program Award · Seattle 1997/2009

Seattle Arts Commission Independent Artist Award · Seattle 1996

Bonderman Travel Fellowship · Japan, South Korea, Taiwan 1995

Foundation Gaudeamus Invitation and Scholarship · Holland 1994

Darmstadt Institute Stipendpreis · Germany 1994

        

PRESENTATIONS & PANELS

YBCA Transform Labs “Why Citizenship?” · San Francisco 2017

Exploratorium Ricketts-Inspired Bay Cabaret “Poetics of Place” · San Francisco 2017

Creative Capital “Beyond Butts in Seats” · San Francisco 2016

Exploratorium RiSER Symposium · San Francisco 2016

Ecomusicology Conference Keynote “Locations/Dislocations” · Westminster Choir College 2016

YBCA 100 Panel with Kyle Abraham, moderated by Chinaka Hodge · San Francisco 2015

TURBINE Water Ecology Roundtable · Philadelphia 2015

NYTW New Works-in-Progress · Dartmouth Hopkins Center for the Arts 2015

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, “Can Art Mediate Conflict?” · New Haven 2014

League of American Orchestras, “Collaborating with Asian Communities” · Seattle 2014

Grantmakers in the Arts, “Idea Lab” · Philadelphia 2013

The Opportunity Agenda Creative Change Retreat, “Stuck Elevator” · Sundance 2013

TAAC Open Dialogue, “What is American Culture?” · Providence 2013

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, “Working Across Cultures” · New Haven 2013

TCG Conference, “Edge Effect: How Diversity Fuels Creativity” · Dallas 2013

The Project Room, “Solutions: Artists & Technologists Collaborate” · Seattle 2012

TCG Conference, “Devised Theatre Creation & Touring” · Boston 2012

York University, “Staging Sustainability Conference” · Toronto 2011

Alliance of Artist Communities, “Music & Social Change” · Seattle 2008

Americans for the Arts, “Exemplars Program” · Seattle 2007

UC Davis, “Dance Under Construction” · Davis 2001

Ford Foundation, “Imagining Our Ancestors” · Seattle 1999

Northwest Folklife Festival, “Defining Folk and Ethnic Arts” · Seattle 1998

Conference of the Chinese in the Americas, “A Bridge Home” · New York 1997

Asian American Studies National Conference, “A Bridge Home” · Seattle 1997

Foundation Gaudeamus, “Ritual Structures in Music” · Amsterdam 1994

RESIDENCIES

Exploratorium Artistic Practice towards Urban Resilience · San Francisco 2017-2018

Asian Arts Initiative (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence · Philadelphia 2017-2018

Montalvo Arts Center · Saratoga 2016-present

Berkeley Rep The Ground Floor · Berkeley 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Writers Retreat · Palo Alto 2017

Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech · Blacksburg 2014-2017

International Festival of Arts & Ideas · New Haven 2014-2017

Westminster Choir College · Princeton 2016

A.C.T. New Strands Festival · San Francisco 2016

NYTW at Hopkins Center for the Arts · Dartmouth College 2015

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design (ACCAD) · Ohio State University 2015

Weston Playhouse · Vermont 2015

Hermitage Artist Retreat · Englewood FL 2014

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab · MASS MoCA 2013

Rutgers University Center for Migration & the Global City · Newark 2012

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab · White Oak 2011

The Banff Centre/Sundance Theatre Lab · Canada 2011

Yale Institute for Music Theatre · New Haven 2010

NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute · New York 2009-2010

4Culture King County Site-Specific Performance Network · Seattle 2006/2008

Jack Straw New Media Gallery · Seattle 2004/2008

Jerwood Foundation Opera Writing Programme · UK 2007

Portland Taiko · Portland 2007

Dragon Foundation Young Chinese Leaders Forum · China 2006

Fukouka Gendai Hogaku Festival · Japan 2002

Jeonju Sanjo Festival · South Korea 2002

Ford Foundation International Artists Program · Malaysia 2000-2002

Atlantic Center for the Arts · New Smyrna Beach FL 1996

WORKS & PERFORMANCES

(Be)longing, for local participants

Hip-Hop Oratorio about coming of age in an age of guns created with librettist Aaron Jafferis

        Premiered at Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech · Blacksburg 2017

        Presented at MDC Live Arts · Miami 2017

        Presented at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas · New Haven 2017

To be presented at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts · San Francisco 2018

        International Festival of Arts & Ideas research/writing residencies 2014-2017

Virginia Tech Center for the Arts research/writing residencies 2014-2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley writers’ retreat · Palo Alto 2017

Lucas Artists Residency Program · Montalvo Arts Center 2016

The Flea workshop · New York 2016

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab residency · MASS MoCA 2014

Westminster Choir College writing/teaching residency · 2016

Weston Playhouse writing retreat · 2015

Port City, for voices, technology (in development)

Music theater created with writer Christopher Chen commissioned by American Conservatory Theater

A.C.T. New Strands Festival Port City Workshop Showing · San Francisco 2017

A.C.T. New Strands Festival Contemporary Music Experiments · San Francisco 2016

Water Partitas, for violin, viola, cello, and/or bass

Solo string parts to be played in any order

Performances by The Afield (Rebecca Fischer and Anthony Hawley)

        Presented at National Sawdust · Brooklyn 2017

        Presented at Bay Chamber Concerts · Rockport 2016

Workshop at INCA Institute as part of Matthew Offenbacher’s Exhibition · Seattle 2016

Turbine, for moving choir along the water

Site-responsive choral work commissioned by Leah Stein Dance Company and Mendelssohn Club

        Premiered at the 200th Anniversary of the Fairmount Water Works · Philadelphia 2015

Mo Sheng 墨声: Ink Sound, for string quartet

Site-responsive chamber work in conjunction with Pan Gongkai Exhibition

        Commissioned by and premiered at the Frye Art Museum · Seattle 2015

The Orphan of Zhao, for voices, violin, cello, percussion, water, soundtrack

Music for theatre based on an adaptation by James Fenton, directed by Carey Perloff

Premiered at the American Conservatory Theatre · San Francisco 2014

Presented at La Jolla Playhouse · San Diego 2014

Piano Concerto–Houston, for 11 pianists, one piano

Media installation created with social sculptor Susie J. Lee

Commissioned by and premiered at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

at the University of Houston for the inaugural CounterCurrent Festival · Houston 2014

Welladay! Welladay! Wayward Love Songs, for soprano, violin, cello, piano

Song cycle inspired by James Joyce, orphans and unwed mothers, commissioned by Nonsequitur

Performed at the Chapel Performance Space · Seattle 2013

        

Stuck Elevator, for tenor, rapper, voices, vln, vlc, perc, bicycle wheel, soundtrack

Comic-rap-scrap-metal-opera created with librettist Aaron Jafferis, directed by Chay Yew

NYTW and Hopkins Center for the Arts Residency, directed by Ed Iskandar · Dartmouth 2015

Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Musical · San Francisco 2013

Premiered at American Conservatory Theatre · San Francisco 2013

Presented at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas · New Haven 2013

Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award · USA 2012

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab workshops · Banff Arts Centre & White Oak 2011

International Festival of Arts & Ideas showing · New Haven 2010

Chen Dance Center reading for Fujianese advisors · New York 2010

Museum of Chinese in America workshop · New York 2009

NW New Works On the Boards excerpt · Seattle 2009

Risk/Reward Festival Hand2Mouth Theatre excerpt · Portland 2009

Theatre Off Jackson workshop · Seattle 2007

        

Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (fl, ob, cl, bsn, hrn, trp, trb, tb, perc, hrp, strings)

Site-responsive work written for the Chicago Composers Orchestra and audience

Performed at Garfield Park Conservatory · Chicago 2013

        

O(pa)pera, for voices, er-hu, vln, vlc, trb, toy pno, typewriter, perc, paper

Live music installation created with installation artist/director Roger Benington

Phase One performed at the Seattle Art Museum · Seattle 2012

The Mother of Us All, for kora, laptop, soundtrack

Music for dance commissioned by Spectrum Dance Theater, choreography by Donald Byrd

Premiered at The Moore Theatre · Seattle 2011

Fifteen, for violin, taiko

Chamber music commissioned by Portland Taiko, choreography by Michelle Fujii

Premiered as part of Ten Tiny Taiko Dances at the Winningstad Theatre · Portland 2010

Farewell: A Fantastical Contemplation on America's Relationship with China,

for voice, er-hu, vlc, perc, bicycle wheels, cassette players, soundtrack

Music for dance commissioned by Spectrum Dance Theater, choreography by Donald Byrd

Premiered at The Moore Theatre · Seattle 2010

        

3Seasons, for vln, toy pno, perc, electronics; version 2.0 for violin, soundtrack

Music for dance commissioned by Whim W’him, choreography by Olivier Wevers

Performed at Intiman Theatre · Seattle 2011

Premiered at On the Boards · Seattle 2010

Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, for hiking singers, water percussionists

64 bottled operas created with support from Jack Straw Foundation, MAP Fund, Site-Specific Arts

Seattle Symphony Benaroya Hall Garden of Remembrance · Seattle 2011

Town Hall · Seattle 2010

Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts · Seattle 2008

Performed in 64 outdoor waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest · various 2008

Installation created with Randy Moss, Jack Straw New Media Gallery · Seattle 2008

Richard Rodgers Award Finalist · USA 2008

        

News, for bamboo, paper, taiko

Chamber music commissioned by Portland Taiko

Premiered at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts Newmark Theatre · Portland 2007

Toured as part of Portland Taiko's The Way Home · USA 2008-2012

Recorded on the CD Rhythms of Change · Portland Taiko 2009

Island: Theme and Migrations, for two pianos

Piano duet commissioned by the East-West Piano Arts Series

Premiered at Brechemin Auditorium · Seattle 2007

Performed at Meany Hall · Seattle 2007

        

Ji Mo 寂寞: The Stillness of Solitude, for voices, xun, er-hu, bamboo, water, rocks, drums

Performance quartet commissioned by Portland Taiko

Premiered at Lincoln Performance Hall · Portland 2007

        

Ishquoh: Where Sounds Meet, for six children’s voices, cello soloist, rocks

Site-responsive performance commissioned by 4Culture and the Issaquah Arts Commission

Performed on abandoned railroad tracks as part of Site-Specific Arts · Issaquah 2006

        

Mare Insularum: Sea of Islands, for water, prayer bowls, cassette recorders

Solo performance commissioned by the SEAMUS Festival

Premiered at Island Music Guild Hall · Bainbridge Island 2006

        

Artifact, for voice, Chinese cymbals

Solo performance created for the Dragon 100 Cultural Study Tour

Performed by the composer at Aurum International Hotel · Xi’an 2006

        

Huo Quan 火圈: Ring of Fire, for Chinese drum, opera gong

Percussion solo written for David Schotzko

Performed at the Tokyo Art Museum · Japan 2006

Premiered at the Island Music Guild Hall · Bainbridge Island 2006

        

Piao Zhu 飄竹: Flying Bamboo, for voices, flute, mouth harp, harmonica, water, percussion

Contemporary Chinese percussion quartet commissioned by the Seattle Asian Art Museum

Included on 4Culture Touring Arts Roster 2008-present

Premiered at the Seattle Asian Art Museum Garden Court · Seattle 2006

        

Samai: Lost in Time, dance music for voice, drum, prayer bowls; version 2.0 for computer

Music for dance commissioned by Z.A. Ensemble, choreography by Archana Kumar

Performed at the Bellevue Art Museum · Bellevue 2006

Premiered at the Seattle Asian Art Museum · Seattle 2006

        

After-Effect, for turntable, snare drum, taiko

Chamber music commissioned by Ōn Ensemble

Premiered at the David Henry Hwang Theatre · Los Angeles 2006

Workshop performance at the Miles Memorial Playhouse · Santa Monica 2005

        

Becoming, for two bluegrass singers, guitars, sarod, tabla, Chinese percussion

Music for dance commissioned by Z.A. Ensemble, choreography by Ying Zhou

Performed at the Asia Meets Asia Festival · Tokyo 2005

Premiered at the Chamber Theater · Seattle 2005

        

Surrender: A T’ai Qi Cantata, for 24 moving voices

Choral music commissioned by The Esoterics with support from Meet the Composer

Performed at St. Thomas, Holy Rosary & St. Joseph’s · Medina & Seattle 2005

Premiered at Christ Episcopal · Tacoma 2005

        

Two Breaths, for two singers/dancers

Music for dance created and performed with choreographer Edisa Weeks

Performed at Makor · New York 2005

Performed at Joe’s Pub DancemOpolitan Festival · New York 2004

Premiered at Joyce Soho · New York 2004

        

The Moment of Falling, for voices, bamboo mouth harp, paper

Film music created for Azbri Productions · Los Angeles 2004

        

YIJU 移居: Songs of Dislocation, for voices, paper, er-hu, drums, mouth harp, water gongs

Multimedia installation created with calligrapher Yoko Murao, filmmaker Chishan Lin, landscape architect Lorraine Pai and installation artist John D. Pai

Exhibited at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery · Seattle 2004

        

CELL: an Electronic Age Vaudeville, for vaudeville crooners, drums, cell phones

Music theatre created with lyricist Frederick Sauter and IT consultant Timothy McNearny

Performed at Dixon Place, HOT! Festival · New York 2004

        

AXIS: from Silk Road to Terror, for soprano, tenor, ‘cello, bull horn, percussion

Music-dance-theatre created with writer Aaron Jafferis and choreographer Erica Rebollar

Performed at the NYU Kimmel Center · New York 2004

        

Home, for minyo singers, taiko ensemble

Chamber music commissioned by TAIKOPROJECT, created with choreographer Michelle Fujii

Premiered as part of TAIKOPROJECT’s 2003-2004 Tour: Gammage Auditorium · Phoenix, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts · Seattle, the Japan America Theatre · Los Angeles, the Mondavi Center · Davis and the Kenneth Ford Theater · Weed CA

Recorded on the CD Rhythms of Change (Portland Taiko) 2009

        

Two by Four, for nagauta voice, taiko

Chamber music commissioned by Ōn Ensemble for Grand Performances Los Angeles

Premiered at California Plaza · Los Angeles 2003

Performed as part of Ōn Ensemble’s 2004-2008 repertoire

Recorded on the CD Dust and Sand · 2005

Crazy Eights, for taiko ensemble

Chamber music commissioned by Ōn Ensemble

Premiered at Stanford University · Palo Alto 2003

        

Forbidden Circles, for soprano, shakuhachi, shamisen, 17-string koto, taiko

Chamber music created for the Fukuoka Gendai Hōgaku Festival

Premiered at Acros Hall · Fukuoka 2002

Performed at the International House New Hall · Tokyo 2006

        

Salt Lips Touching, for haegŭm, jing, kkwaenggwari

Chamber music commissioned by intangible cultural asset Kim Yong-Jae

Premiered at the Jeonju Sanjo Festival · South Korea 2002

        

QI: Quarendo Invenientes, for cello, offstage voice

Chamber music commissioned by Loren Dempster

Premiered at Nichiren Buddhist Church · San Francisco 2002

        

Following, for Chinese percussion

Percussion duet premiered at the Seattle Symphony Learning Center · Seattle 2002

Performed by the composer at SAW Gallery with Grey Filastine · Seattle, and Electric Lodge with Kevin Higa · Venice Beach 2002

        

The Practice of Laughter, for voices, dancers, piano

Music for dance created for choreographer Marianne Kim

Premiered at UCLA · Los Angeles 2002

        

Woman, Monkey & Kabuki Joe, for soprano, mouth harp, er-hu, harmonium, pno, perc

Puppet opera created with choreographer Lee Swee Keong and puppeteer Andrew K. Kim for the Ford Foundation’s International Artists Program

Premiered at Nippon Kan · Seattle 2002

        

Drum Roll, for Chinese percussion

Percussion solo premiered by the composer at SIL2K/I-Spy · Seattle 2001

        

Archaeology, for voices, drums, gongs, mouth harps, brass didgeridoo, bass

Chamber music created for the Treasures from a Lost Civilization Exhibition

Premiered at the Seattle Art Museum · Seattle 2001

        

Circus, for voice, drums, recorded sounds

Solo performance premiered at the Northwest Asian American Theatre · Seattle 2001

        

Sao 掃: Sweep, for voices, gongs, drums, water

Performance duet created for Fresh Tracks

Premiered at the David Henry Hwang Theater Los Angeles 2001

        

Tian Wen 天文: Questions of Heaven, choral work for 36 vocalists with metal keys

Choral music commissioned by The Esoterics

Performed at Trinity Episcopal & Pilgrim Congregational · Everett & Seattle 2001

Premiered at Christ Episcopal · Tacoma 2001

        

Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs, for 36 voices with 72 pieces of paper

Choral music commissioned by The Esoterics

Performed at Stanford University · Palo Alto 2004

Performed at Trinity Episcopal & Pilgrim Congregational · Everett & Seattle 2000

Premiered at Christ Episcopal · Tacoma 2000

        

Hyo Shi, for taiko ensemble

Chamber music performed by Seattle Kokon Taiko

Premiered at the Theatre Off Jackson · Seattle 2000

        

Stirring, for soprano, Irish flute, trombone, taiko, frame drum, er-hu, tabla, gong, bass

Music for dance commissioned by choreographer Mew Chang-Tsing and media artist John D. Pai

Premiered at the Northwest Asian American Theatre · Seattle 2000

        

Ko Cha, solo for drum and voice

Percussion solo premiered by the composer at the Seattle Composer’s Salon · Seattle 1999

        

Rancho Grande, theatre music for voice, harmonica, er-hu, percussion

Sound design for the world premiere of a play by Eugenie Chan

Premiered at the Northwest Asian American Theatre · Seattle 1999

        

Precious Children, for three boys’ voices, string bass, Chinese drums

Music for a PBS documentary produced by Susan Han · USA 1999

        

Verdant Stones, for horns, bagpipes, taiko ensemble

Festival music created with Uzume Taiko Ensemble

Premiered at the Vancouver Folk Festival Mainstage · Vancouver, Canada 1999

        

Spirits, for voices, drums, gongs, xun

Chamber music created for the Seattle Asian Art  Museum

Premiered at the Seattle Asian Art Museum Garden Court · Seattle 1998

        

Mothra, for flute, bass clarinet, violin, ‘cello, electric bass, percussion, piano

Chamber music read by the California EAR Unit at Jack Straw Productions · Seattle 1998

        

Holding, for five voices with ten rocks

Choral music commissioned by The Esoterics

Premiered at Westminster Presbyterian Church · Seattle 1997

        

Bird Footprints, Turtle Markings, for voices, clay, drums, gongs, cloth, plastic

Site-responsive work created with support from the Seattle Arts Commission

Premiered at the Seattle Aquarium Bird Sanctuary · Seattle 1996

        

Weaving, for shakuhachi honkyoku

Solo written for Christopher Yohmei

Premiered at the Atlantic Center for the Arts · New Smyrna Beach 1996

Recorded on the CD Walking · Periplum Records 2001

        

Tree Wind Echo, for violin, harp

Chamber music premiered at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival · Newport 1995

        

Five Stained Glass Elegies, for oboe, string trio

Chamber music premiered at the OK Hotel · Seattle 1994

        

Edge, for soprano, flute, oboe, trumpet, ‘cello, string bass, taiko, conch shell, gongs, bowls

Chamber music premiered at the University of Washington · Seattle 1994

Performed at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater · Hamburg, Germany 1997

GLAMA Awards Best Contemporary Classical Composer nomination · USA 1999

Excerpt recorded on the CD eXchange: China · New World Records 1999

                        

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Robbie Harris, “New Theater Piece Explores Gun Violence,” NPR Weekend Edition, April 2017

Shin Yu Pai, “Exit Interview: Byron Au Yong,” CityArts Magazine, August 2016

Kelsey Menehan, “Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music.” Chorus America, 2015

Nathan Christensen, “Beyond Broadway,” New Musical Theatre, January 2015

Carey Perloff, Beautiful Chaos: A Life in Theater. City Lights, 2015

David Patrick Stearns, “TURBINE stirs voice and movement,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2015

David C. Nichols, “The Orphan of Zhao: a skillful, specialized epic,” Los Angeles Times, July 2014

Robert Hurwitt, “Stuck Elevator Review: Top-flight,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 2013

Frank Rizzo, “A trapped man is the unlikely subject of a moving musical,” Variety, June 2013

Leo Stutzin, “Stuck Elevator: audacious, compelling, hugely imaginative,” Huffington Post, June 2013

Karen Shimakawa, “Staging a Moving Map in Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis' Stuck Elevator,”

   in Neoliberalism and Global Theatres (L. Nielsen & P. Ybarra, ed), Palgrave Macmillan, June 2012

Rachel Gallaher, “The Mother of Us All presents open-ended views of Africa.” CityArts, 2011

Michael Upchurch, “The Mother of Us All Review,” The Seattle Times, March 2011

Joseph Dalton, “Byron Au Yong: as big as all outdoors.” My Big Gay Ears, 2010

Nancy Guppy, “Art Zone: Visionary Composer Byron Au Yong,” Seattle Channel, May 2009

Dave Beck and Jeremy Richards, “Sound Focus: Kidnapping Water,” KUOW, August 2008

Gavin Borchert, “Water Music,” Seattle Weekly, August 2008

Zdenek Slaby, “Apokalypticky pohadkar za zrezavele lodi.” Unijazz Magazin, 2007

        

SERVICE

Music of the Asian American Research Center Board · USA 2017-present

NEFA National Theater Project Advisory Panel · USA 2017

USF Concerts and Recitals Producer · San Francisco 2016-present
USF Music Program Co-coordinator · San Francisco 2016-present

Velocity Dance Center Advisory Board Member · Seattle 2012-present

Wing Luke Museum Advisory Board Member · Seattle 2005-present

Creative Workforce Fellowship Panelist · Cleveland 2015

3Arts Music Award Panelist · Chicago 2014

Creative Work Fund Performing Arts Panelist · San Francisco 2014

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Civic Partners Program Panelist · Seattle 2014-2015

New Music USA Panelist · USA 2014/2016

APAP Leadership Think Tank · New York 2014

Creative Capital Performing Arts Panelist · New York 2013

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Musical Theatre Reader · USA 2012

Artist Trust Performing Arts Panelist · Seattle 2011

Rasmussen Foundation Music, Dance, New Media Panelist · Anchorage 2010

4Culture Touring Arts Roster Panelist · Seattle 2009

Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Youth Arts Panelist · Seattle 2008

Columbia City Gallery 保重 Farewell Exhibition Guest Curator · Seattle 2010

Music, Performance, and Racial Imaginations Conference Curator, NYU · New York 2005

Wing Luke Museum Planting Seeds with Alan Lau Exhibition Curator · Seattle 1999

Wing Luke Museum A Bridge Home Exhibition Curator · Seattle 1997

EDUCATION

MFA in Musical Theatre Writing

New York University Tisch School of the Arts · New York 2005

Thesis Committee: Robert Epstein (Chair), Robb Hartman, Robert Lee, Mel Marvin

        

MA in Dance Studies

UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures · Los Angeles 2003

Thesis Committee: David Gere, Russell Leong, Marta Savigliano, Peter Sellars (Chair)

        

BA/BM in Music Composition/Theory, Cum Laude

University of Washington School of Music · Seattle 1996

Principal teachers: Stuart Dempster, Joël-François Durand, Bright Sheng, William O. Smith

Additional Composition Study

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme (Giorgio Batistelli, Harrison Birtwistle) · UK 2007

Atlantic Center for the Arts (Yuji Takahashi) · USA 1996

Ernest Bloch Music Festival (Paul Chihara) · USA 1995

American Music Center (John Corigliano, John Harbison, George Rochberg) · USA 1995

Foundation Gaudeamus (Dimiter Christoff, Ton de Leeuw, Nigel Osborne) · Amsterdam 1994

Oregon Bach Festival (Arvo Pärt) · USA 1994

Seattle Early Music Guild (Margriet Tindemans) · USA 1993


Byron Au Yong                                                                        CV 2018