Composer


“Audacious, compelling and hugely imaginative!”
~Leo Stutzin, Huffington Post

As the son of immigrants, I search for ways music connects people with the places they call home. My work includes compositions for chamber ensembles, choral groups, contemporary dance, media installations, film and television, site-responsive performances, percussion and taiko, orchestra, opera, and theater.

Current initiatives include 9 Lifeboats and Activist Songbook. In addition, I teach courses that incorporate acoustic ecology, composition, theory, and social history as an Assistant Professor of Music in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

Raised in Seattle, my current studio is in the Bay Area, where the trees and waterways retain power alongside digital technology. This informs my songs of dislocation, music for a changing world, created to honor the ritual of people who gather to listen.
Byron Au Yong
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