Taiko, Trap Set, Turntable, Throat Singing!?

On EnsembleIt's with great excitement that I announce On Ensemble's Seattle debut at The Triple Door. I've known the members for over 10 years. They've premiered three of my compositions and even included one on their CD Dust and Sand. They are superstars. Check them out.

May 20, 6:30-8PM
CD/DVD Release Party
KOBO at Higo's

May 22, 7:30PM
On Ensemble Live
The Triple Door

Los-Angeles based On Ensemble (pronounced "ohn") features four musicians who have studied and performed with renowned masters of traditional and contemporary music in the United States and Japan. Their sound ranges from centuries-old Kabuki music to contemporary indie rock and from free jazz to hip-hop electronica.

Members include Masato Baba musical director of the award-winning TAIKOPROJECT, Kristofer Bergstrom soloist at the Kennedy Center, Shoji Kameda called "a bit like progressive rocker Beck" by the Rafu Shimpo, and Kelvin Underwood former touring member of Ondekoza.

On Ensemble instruments include hand-made drums by Miyamoto Unosuke Shouten - instrument maker to the Emperor of Japan. Their Triple Door set features these taiko with turntable, trap set, bamboo flute, koto (Japanese zither), and Tuvan overtone singing.
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.

Byron Au Yong & Christopher Yohmei Blasdel: BreathPlay
BreathPlay

Byron Au Yong: Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas
Kidnapping Water:
Bottled Operas
Byron Au Yong: Yiju
YIJU 移居