Kidnapping Water at Town Hall Seattle

Writer Zach Carstensen mentioned that a highlight of the May Day! May Day! 12-hour new music celebration at Town Hall Seattle were excerpts from Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas. Carstensen wrote on The Gathering Note that the music got his "mind racing through the possibilities of performance without a performance space."

The May Day! May Day! marathon was the first time excerpts from Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas were performed indoors. Emily Greenleaf, Stuart McLeod, Dean Moore, and I sang and played water on the lovely Town Hall main stage surrounded by stained glass windows, wood benches, and music lovers. Along with water bells and gongs, we sang four bottled operas: Abunai (Warning/Warming), Hello Helicopter, Dust Away, and Sunset.

May Day! May Day! was curated by Paul Taub with advice from Steve Peters of Nonsequitur in association with Town Hall. It was great to hear Stuart Dempster, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Michael Lim, Melia Watras, and other contemporary classical musicians in this historic venue.
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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Kidnapping Water:
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