Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation. The Seattle Weekly says that his “interdisciplinary works are as exquisite and imaginative as they are unclassifiable.” Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Au Yong creates across disciplines with an attention to the ways people connect with the places they call home.
Examples include Farewell: A Fantastical Contemplation on America’s Relationship with China, choreographed by Donald Byrd for Spectrum Dance Theatre, Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, for hiking opera singers and percussionists, performed in 64 waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest, Piano Concerto–Houston, for 11 pianists, commissioned by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and Stuck Elevator, libretto by Aaron Jafferis, directed by Chay Yew, premiered at American Conservatory Theatre.
Au Yong has been artist-in-residence with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University, Exploratorium, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Montalvo Arts Center, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Westminster Choir College, Weston Playhouse, Sundance Institute Theatre Labs, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Virginia Tech Center for the Arts, and Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Honors include a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Creative Capital Award, and Time Warner Foundation Fellowship.
Recordings of his music are available on New World Records, Periplum, and Present Sounds Recordings. Au Yong teaches in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.