YIJU 移居 Songs of Dislocation

Media Installation
for voices, paper, er-hu, drums, mouth harp, water gongs

YIJU 移居 Songs of Dislocation is an audio/video installation suitable for galleries, museums and other secure public spaces. The multimedia night-garden of audio, video and sculptures is installed by composer Byron Au Yong, media artist John D. Pai and sculptor Lorraine Pai in consultation with venue staff. The installation was created as part of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery Residency Program in 2004.

Program Notes
In 1938, my grandparents fled China. They landed in the Mindanao Mountains of the Philippines where my father was born in 1941. In the late 1960s, my father emigrated to the United States.

YIJU 移居 Songs of Dislocation marks an arrival in my thoughts about inheriting a broken lineage as well as a point-of-departure for thoughts about my work as a musician.

Spend awhile here before your feet once again meet earth; the place where migration begins.
Byron Au Yong
Creative Team
Byron Au Yong, music
Lorraine Pai, sculpture
Chishan Lin, film
John D. Pai, installation
Yoko Murao, calligrapher
Steve Ditore, audio engineer

Karen Akada Sakata (voice, chopsticks)
Byron Au Yong (voice, er-hu, gongs, paper)
Marc Collins (water gong, string bass)
Marc delaCruz (voice, chopsticks)
Jessika Kenney (voice, cymbals, fabric)
Gina Sala & Aiko Shimada (voice)
James Whetzel (voice, gong, paper)

Audio: 8 channels, minimum 4 speakers
Video: 4 DVD players, 4 LCD projectors
Venue: minimum 20’ x 20’ x 16’

Press Quotes
“... a study of memory and heritage... the wisps of images have the same fleeting quality of vague childhood memories.”
Andrew Engelson, Seattle Weekly

“Guided gently by what you see and feel, let your imagination wander and wrap yourself in a warm, comforting blanket of memory and reflection.”
Pat Tanumihardja, Northwest Asian Weekly

“Surround sound and darkness envelop you. There’s whispering, a soft murmur, the filling in of sounds, until the crescendo and a moment of silence followed by cymbals, string instruments, voice another crescendo and again silence. Ongoing repetition and yet each time something totally different.”
Judith Van Praag, International Examiner

“Shrouded in black, composer Byron Au Yong’s YIJU Songs of Dislocation is an orrery of memory, an attempt to chart the composer’s recollections and speculations about his musician grandfather who emigrated from China in the 1930s. What kind of music might they have made together?”
Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger