Composer info for Bamboo Migrations

Some ideas for working with Portland Taiko in 2007...

"Bamboo Migrations" Project Summary

For the creation of their new national touring production Bamboo Migrations, to be premiered in September 2007, Portland Taiko will commission a composer to engage with Portland Taiko's community, inspire performers, generate musical transitions, and advise on the overall musical content.

Portland Taiko and their collaborators -- poet Lawson Inada, visual artist Valerie Otani, and composer Byron Au Yong -- will hold community sessions where local immigrants and their children will share stories about moving from their Asian homelands to the United States. These community "talk story" forums will provide narrative threads, which Portland Taiko will weave together to create Bamboo Migrations.

Creative Team Bio

Dedicated to intercultural, multidisciplinary, community-based collaboration, composer Byron Au Yong has worked with amateur musicians and professional groups in projects that have been performed in venues that range from abandoned train tracks to concert halls to haunted theatres.

He has been active in the North American taiko community for over a dozen years collaborating with On Ensemble and Taikoproject, and teaching Composing for Taiko Workshops at the Regional Taiko Gathering hosted by Portland Taiko.

As a composer, Au Yong has created over 50 works that have been performed in Canada, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. In 2006, he received an Award for Innovation from 4Culture for the initial development of the opera Stuck Elevator, about the Chinese restaurant deliveryman who was trapped in a New York elevator for three days.

In addition, Au Yong produced the compact disc compilation A Bridge Home: Music in the Lives of Asian Pacific Americans for the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle and curated Asian American Music Now for the Music, Performance, and Racial Imaginations Conference at New York University.