Upcoming Events

September 21, 6:30-7:30pm
Why Citizenship? Transform Labs
YBCA Grand Lobby · San Francisco

Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Byron Au Yong leads a singing discussion about coming of age in an age of guns in preparation for the San Francisco premiere of (Be)longing in Fall 2018. This event is free and open to the public.

September 23, 7pm
Ricketts Inspired Bay Cabaret
Doc’s Lab · San Francisco

Free program supported by the Seed Fund, as part of the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory’s Urban Fellow Program.

October 5-21
Madame Ho, by Eugenie Chan
Exit Theater · San Francisco

Madame Ho tells the story of a formidable Barbary Coast, San Francisco brothel madam, single mother, and Chinese immigrant to America. Songs by Byron Au Yong. Free community performance at Donaldina Cameron House on October 28.

Summer 2017

Prompted by judgments around the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook tragedies, (Be)longing reflects on the impact of violence and considers deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support with locally cast singers, beatboxers, hip-hop artists, and audiences.

Long Wharf Theatre
June 17 & 18, 2017, 2pm

for discounted tickets, use promo code 10TIKS

Byron Au Yong, composer
Aaron Jafferis, librettist
Charlotte Brathwaite, director
Stephanie Tubiolo, music director
Ni’Ja Whitson, choreographer/associate director
Ben Zamora, designer
Justin Partier, tech director
Joanne Pan, stage manager
ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann, producer

Aaron "Coach Hawk" Hawkins, Aldebaran Ryan, Amelia Sherwood, Anne Rhodes, Anton Kot, Arianna Rivera, Brianna Alexis Chance, Brittany Palmer, Clifford Schloss, Connor Lloyd, Dwannah McKnight-Alegria, Hanifa Washington, Jaezmyne J. Pheanious-Browne, Jalah Woods, Katie Jones, Keelin Mathews, Kejuan Simmons, Keona-Marie Gomes, Malcolm Welfare, Michael Bethune Jr., Muza Gornostaeva, Nijuan Simmons, Paul Davies, Salwa Abdussabur, Sara Culver, Chaz "Sunny Chi" Carmon, Tahjee Galberth, Vera Blaas, Wali Muhammad


Interview with Valerie Richardson on Radio Something

Activate (Be)longing connects individuals and organizations who share a passion for keeping young people alive with artistic and participatory events:

June 8 Survival of the Fittest: Youth, Guns, and the Culture of Violence
June 14 Explore the Song in You
June 22 Life After Death: Healing from Grief and Loss

Visit Activate (Be)longing for a full list of events

Press Previews
· Christopher Arnott. A 'Reset' Arts & Ideas. Hartford Courant
· Susan Gonzalez. Festival celebrates arts and ideas. YaleNews
· E. Kyle Minor. Arts & Ideas New Haven shows aim to bring social change. New Haven Register
· Frank Rizzo. Taking Aim at Violence at International FestivalZip06
· Montana Telman. Aaron Jafferis on (Be)longing. Arts & Ideas Festival Blog

Bio in About. Past events in Archive. List of works in Music. Press coverage in News.
Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation, music for a changing world. He teaches in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

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