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Showing posts with label Piano. Show all posts

Piano Concerto

Media Installation
audio surround, projection mapping sculpture, video portraits
Description
Playing the piano can oftentimes be lonely. Recognizing this, composer Byron Au Yong and artist Susie J. Lee gather pianists to share stories. Thinking about the concerto as a form for a soloist and ensemble, Au Yong and Lee consider each pianist as a soloist and an ensemble member.

Lee films the pianists. Au Yong provides an open notation Piano Concerto score. 11 pianists rehearse together, then record. This results in an intimate installation of solo video portraits and an ensemble audio sculpture.
Audio
Video Portrait Excerpts
Details
Duration: variable
Instrumentation: concert grand piano
Installation: 4-channel audio installation with 4-channel video projection; one HDTV video portrait
Commissioned by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, 2014

Premiered at the CounterCurrent Festival, Bermac Arts Center, April 2014
Video portraits shown at:
· (Im)materiel, Headlands Center for the Arts, January/February 2015
· New Strands Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, January 2016

Video: Media Sculpture


Creative Team
Byron Au Yong, composer and co-creator
Susie J. Lee, social sculptor and co-creator

Soyoung Shin, cinematographer, photographer
Will Gibbs, technical director
Afshin Farzadfar, recording engineer
Robb Kunz, audio mastering
Jared Bender, sculpture fabrication
Joe Freeman, photographer

Houston Pianists
Sonya Bandouil · Jason Castaneda · Stephen Fierros · Lisa E. Harris · Timothy Hester · Darrell Jenkins · Saun Cheng Lee · Andreea Mut · Robert Rhodes · Linda Singer · Jenni Rebecca Stephenson

Score


Press Quote
“In January, they found 11 Houston musicians of varying abilities and styles to play Au Yong’s concerto, including a professor of piano at the Moores School of Music, a lawyer who played to support himself through school and still keeps a piano in one of his three offices, an opera singer who plays improvisationally, and a brother and sister who have played piano since they were children, but not professionally.”
Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle
Timeline
Piano Concerto–Houston
  • February/March: Individual Interviews of pianists in their home or studio
  • March: Public Gathering with all 11 participants to meet, share stories & rehearse
  • March: Audio/Video Recording of pianist portraits
  • April: Installation presented at the Mitchell Center for the Arts CounterCurrent Festival
Byron Au Yong and Susie Lee
Susie J. Lee and Byron Au Yong · Photo © 2014 by Joe Freeman
Special Thanks
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Karen Farber, Frye Art Museum, David Garcia, Katrina Hess, Kerry Inman, LD Systems, Tiffany Lin, Kimball McMahan, Bryan Miller, Frank Minoru Phillips, MicroSearch Pro Video Sales & Rental, Moores School of Music, Nicole Romano, Tom Stiles, Chris Strompolos, Teruhiko Toda, Margret Truax, University of Houston, Rick Valentine, Emily C. Watts

Opening April 8

photo © Joe Freeman

Media sculptor Susie J. Lee and I work on Piano Concerto – Houston.

In late January, we visited Houston and interviewed pianists. In early March, we gathered & recorded pianists. Now we are in Seattle editing audio & video + building the installation. Piano Concerto – Houston (part of the 11 Pianists Project) was commissioned by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts for the inaugural CounterCurrent Festival. The exhibition opens April 8.

Visit 11pianists.com for details about the pianists, score, exhibition, & more.

A Gift for Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2013 sketch
Memorial Day 2013 is part of a series of piano miniatures I started at age 19. For every Memorial Day since then, I vowed to write a piano solo. Completing the first Memorial Day piece helped me out of a depressing year of sketching without finishing a musical work.

In the previous year, I dropped out of college and worked odd jobs. My unfinished musical sketches could have turned into an entire lifetime of incomplete projects. Luckily, I started these Memorial Day pieces.

Memorials can be places of regret or a reminder. These solo piano works honor those who have passed in numerous ways. Memorial Day 2013 is a musical puzzle. Play it delicately, as often as needed.

Contact me if you would like to buy the dedication for Memorial Day 2013 as a gift for a loved one.
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