Ishquoh: Where Sounds Meet

Site-Responsive Work
six children’s voices, ‘cello, rocks

Ishquoh means the sound of waterfowl taking flight from Lushootseed, a Coast Salish language. In this site-responsive music-dance work, six children search for a sound called Ishquoh. Voices, rocks and cello play in a ceremony alongside abandoned railroad tracks in Issaquah.

Duration: variable
Premiered on abandoned railroad tracks in Issaquah, October 2006
Commissioned by the Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture’s Site-Specific Performance Network

Creative Team
Byron Au Yong, composer
Betsy Baeskens, vocal coach
Michelle Kumata, costume designer
Okazawa M, production manager

Amos Yang, cello
Clarissa Bury, voice/rocks
Kaela Palmer, voice/rocks
Megan Schutzler, voice/rocks
Dori Skinner, voice/rocks
Cassie Smith, voice/rocks
Bethanie Willis, voice/rocks

Press Quote
“Byron Au Yong, more sensitive to natural sounds and the spiritual resonances of a place than perhaps any other local composer.”
Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly Pick

Special Thanks
June Sekiguchi, Charlie Rathbun, Suzie Bixler, Trish Bloor, Tracy & Dieter Bury, Vincent DeAndrea, Marc DelaCruz, David Goldman, Karen Klein, Issaquah Historical Society, Coll Thrush, Susan Palmer, Cari & Michael Schutzler, Cathy Skinner, Luellen and Doug Smith, Ty & Kelly Willis, Village Theatre