Open Rehearsal - MO SHENG 墨声: INK SOUND

Byron Au Yong

Thursday, January 15, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location
Frye Galleries

In preparation for the premiere performance of MO SHENG 墨声: INK SOUND, taking place closing day of the Pan Gongkai: Withered Lotus Cast in Iron exhibition, January 18, an open rehearsal will take place in the galleries while the museum is open to the public

On the occasion of the exhibition Pan Gongkai: Withered Lotus Cast in Iron, the Frye Art Museum commissioned a new work by Seattle composer Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) titled MO SHENG 墨声: INK SOUND.

In the galleries of the Museum, surrounded by the ink paintings of Pan Gongkai, Andrew Joslyn and the Passenger String Quartet will perform the light, ordinary, heavy, and charred textures of the composition created in response to those very paintings. MO SHENG 墨声: INK SOUND relates the simplicity and density of sound to the amount of ink on a brush and translates this exhibition with a local resonance.

MO SHENG 墨声: INK SOUND was commissioned by the Frye Art Museum and funded by the Frye Foundation with the support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. Seasonal support is provided by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and ArtsFund.

MO SHENG 墨声: INK SOUND was composed for the Passenger String Quartet to perform on the occasion of the exhibition 潘公凯:Pan Gongkai: Withered Lotus Cast in Iron, curated by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker. The score was completed during a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Byron Au Yong has a complex relationship with China. He composes songs of dislocation that have been performed in venues that range from abandoned railroad tracks to the Tokyo Art Museum. Recent highlights include original music for The Orphan of Zhao 趙氏孤兒 (American Conservatory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse), Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (Chicago Composers Orchestra) and Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas). Previous works include Farewell: A Fantastical Contemplation on America’s Relationship with China (Spectrum Dance Theater), Ji Mo 寂寞: The Stillness of Solitude (Portland Taiko), Piao Zhu 飄竹: Flying Bamboo (Seattle Asian Art Museum), and Yiju 移居: Songs of Dislocation (Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Present Sounds Records). Au Yong lives in Seattle.


Byron Au Yong. Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (detail). Score. Pan Gongkai. Withered Lotus Cast in Iron (detail). Ink on Paper. 70 7/8 x 590 9/16 in. Courtesy of the artist.