Ji Mo 寂寞: The Stillness of Solitude

"... a healing meditation." —The Oregonian

Dance Music Theatre
for voices, xun, er-hu, bamboo, water, rocks, Chinese percussion

Ji Mo 寂寞: The Stillness of Solitude is a music-dance-theater work for quartet. Thinking about the hikikomori (young adults in Japan who withdraw from society), my collaborators and I go beyond the comforting heartbeat of the drums to explore the distress signals of loss.

Video Excerpt

Creative Team
Byron Au Yong, composer, voice, xun, er-hu, bamboo, rocks, percussion
Michelle Fujii, voice, bamboo, water, rocks, percussion
Karen Akada Sakata, voice, xun, bamboo, rocks, percussion
Toru Watanabe, voice, bamboo, water, rocks, percussion
Kikuko Dewa, shibori artist
Michelle Kumata, costume designer
Okazawa M, technical director
Sarah Lin Bhatia, production coordinator
Lorraine Pai, installation coordinator

Duration: 19 minutes
Commissioned by Portland Taiko
Premiered at Lincoln Hall in Portland, Oregon, April 2007

Press Quotes
"Seattle's Byron Au Yong brings a highly visual theatricality."
Portland Tribune

"Taiko is often about loud, rapid drumming that thrills audiences with its physicality. But Portland Taiko takes a different tack with a new work on its upcoming concert."
The Oregonian
photos by Aaron Jafferis (click for slideshow)
photos by Jean-Stephane (click for slideshow)
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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