Performances

22 October 2006
Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo
I will perform in Spatial Sounds with Christopher Yohmei (shakuhachi) and Mika Kimula (voice) at the Tokyo Art Museum designed by architect Tadao Ando.
20 October 2006
New Hall, International House of Japan, Tokyo
Forbidden Circles, for soprano and Japanese traditional instruments, will be performed by Ora-J.
14 October 2006
Train tracks in historic downtown Issaquah, WA
The site-responsive work Ishquoh: Where Sounds Meet, for six children and 'cello will be premiered. Co-presented by the Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture.
17 June 2006
Regional Taiko Gathering, Portland, OR
Byron teaches Composing for Taiko workshops at the Regional Taiko Gathering.
21 May 2006
Island Music Guild Hall, Bainbridge Island, WA
Huo Quan: Ring of Fire, for Chinese drum and opera gong performed at the Soundscapes and Earthtones music series.
06 May 2006
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle
Piao Zhu: Flying Bamboo, a time-responsive ceremony inspired by the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.
29 April 2006
Bainbridge Performing Arts, Bainbridge Island, WA
Byron and Kelsey Furuta open the Community Arts Day of Bainbridge Performing Arts with a Chinese percussion celebration.
31 March to 01 April 2006
David Henry Hwang Theatre, Los Angeles
After-Effect premiered as part of On Ensemble's 2006 Spring Home Concert.
26 March 2006
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Samai: Lost in Time music created for choreographers Archana Kumar and Ying Zhou.
05 March 2006
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Byron performed an excerpt from Stuck Elevator at ArtsLaunch.
23 February 2006
Consolidated Works, Seattle
ForeignAmerican Pictures set their video to Byron's music. They will premiere their new work as part of Oleg Timofeyev's Guitar Gulag Concert.
21 January 2006
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle
Samai: Lost in Time created for choreographer Archana Kumar and Ying Zhou's performance at the Grand Reopening Celebration of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

18 December 2005
Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica, CA
After-Effect, for taiko, snare drum, and turntable, workshopped by the On Ensemble.
10 December 2005
Kobo at Higo, Seattle
Byron performs War Songs, a half hour holiday tribute for the soldiers and families displaced from home.
19-20 October 2005
Asia Meets Asia Festival, Tokyo
Excerpts of the music from Becoming accompanies choreographer/dancers Ying Zhou and Archana Kumar.
08 October 2005
The Field Performance Space, New York
Feral Children music for choreographer/dancer Erica Rebollar.
30 September to 01 October 2005
Chamber Theater, Seattle
Becoming created in collaboration with musicians Karen Lindenberg, Kim Ruehl, and James Whetzel, for dancers Ying Zhou and Archana Kumar performed as part of Around Words, curated by Christy Fisher.
14 August 2005
Holy Rosary Church, Seattle
Surrender: A T'ai Qi Cantata performed by The Esoterics.
Read Christopher DeLaurenti's write-up in The Stranger.
13 August 2005
St. Joseph's Church, Seattle
Surrender: A T'ai Qi Cantata performed by The Esoterics.

07 August 2005
St. Thomas Episcopal, Medina, WA
Surrender: A T'ai Qi Cantata performed by The Esoterics.
06 August 2005
Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, WA
Surrender: A T'ai Qi Cantata performed by The Esoterics.
03 May 2005
Tisch School of the Arts, New York
My MFA thesis presentation of The Box Promises a Solution, a musical theatre adaptation of Gilgamesh about two U.S. Air Force men and their experiences in Iraq. Directed by David Herskovitz.
28 April 2005
Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY
One for One, about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, created with lyricist Caroline Murphy and choreographers Alyssa Stith and Edisa Weeks, performed April 28-30.
28 March 2005
Makor, New York
Performed Two Breaths with choreographer Edisa Weeks.

Excerpts from a review posted on 30 March 2006.

In Two Breaths, singer-composer Byron Au Yong strode the length of the table, slowly leading lovely, wild-haired Weeks by the hand who, restless, stretched and twisted. Eventually, Au Yong stepped down and wandered away to a far corner of the cafe, leaving Weeks to fall to her knees, writhing and undulating prettily. As Au Yong sounded wordless distress calls, Weeks pedaled her legs and flailed her arms as if caught up in -- but, of course! -- delirium. In another moment, however, Weeks blossomed like a wildflower in a new day’s sunshine and soon became attuned to Au Yong's position. The singer’s sweet, trance-like soundings led to a silent, tender reunion over by the left end of the cafe's bar.

Weeks' publicity described Two Breaths as a collaboration in which two people, bombarded by the forces of nature, are swept apart yet ultimately find each other. These words, although a bit cloying, can't help but evoke last December's earthquake/tsunami disaster and do so more directly than the simple dance itself. In eerie synchronicity, on the same day as Delirious's performance, Indonesia experienced another powerful earthquake.

© 2005 Eva Yaa Asantewaa
05 March 2005
New York University, New York
Curated the Asian American Music Now panel at the Music, Performance and Racial Imaginations Conference.
05 February 2005
Joe's Pub, New York
Performed Two Breaths with choreographer Edisa Weeks to a standing room only crowd.

06 November 2004
Jack Straw Productions, Seattle
Artist talk about YIJU: Songs of Dislocation.
05 November 2004
Jack Straw Productions New Media Gallery, Seattle
Opening of YIJU: Songs of Dislocation, an audio/video installation about forced migration created with filmmaker Chishan Lin, media installation artist John D. Pai, and landscape architect Lorraine Pai.
18 September 2004
Joyce Soho, New York
Performed Two Breaths with choreographer Edisa Weeks as part of the Dancemopolitan Now Festival.
19 July 2004
Dixon Place, New York
Performed an initial version of Cell: An Electronic Age Vaudeville, created with writer Frederick Sauter and IT Consultant Timothy McNearny.
06 July 2004
Dixon Place, New York
Performed a preview of Cell: An Electronic Age Vaudeville, with Fred and Tim at the HOT! Festival Opening Night Party.
06 May 2004
Tisch School of the Arts, New York
Initial presentation of The Third Witch, created with writer Susannah Pearse.
22 April 2004
Tisch School of the Arts, New York
One for One, about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, created with lyricist Caroline Murphy and choreographers Alyssa Stith and Edisa Weeks, premiered as part of the Choregrapher/Composer/Designer concerts from April 22-24, 2004.
13 April 2004
New York University, New York
This was an intitial showing of Axis: From Silk Road to Terror, a work created with hip hop writer Aaron Jafferis and choreographer Erica Rebollar.
21 February 2004
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs was performed by the Stanford Chorale, conducted by Stephen Sano.