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by Byron Au Yong

An album of dreams, memories and traces of the past by composer/performer Byron Au Yong.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Daughter
3:50 $0.99
2. Caravan
2:07 $0.99
3. Two Knives
1:47 $0.99
4. Lullaby
6:39 $0.99
5. A Man is Falling
0:45 $0.99
6. Mother
2:37 $0.99
7. Night Ship
1:09 $0.99
8. Yiju
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Composer Byron Au Yong offers music both intimate and cinematic with voices, handmade instruments, er-hu (Chinese fiddle), string bass, cymbals, water gongs, paper and chopsticks. Musicians include Karen Akada, Au Yong, Marc Collins, Marc delaCruz, Jessika Kenney, Gina Sala, Aiko Shimada and James Whetzel.

Au Yong remarks: "I’ve never actually held his hands. Not in that intimate familiar we-are-chums way. I’ve only held his hands to help him walk. I guess I’ve really only touched his hands, but I like to imagine that we’ve held hands. I like to think that I’ve inherited something more than a broken lineage. I want to go back to before 1938, before he fled Xiamen, to caution him. He should know that his grandson will find music in faded, hardcover books in the remotest stacks of the library. As the only composer in a family of overseas Chinese, it is with regret that I never studied music with my grandfather."



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Christopher DeLaurenti

"YIJU 移居 is an orrery of memory, an attempt to chart the composer's recollections and speculations about his musician grandfather who emigrated from China in the 1930s. What kind of music might they have made together?" – Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger

Kristofer Bergstrom

intimate and engaging
A recent road trip provided the perfect opportunity to give Byron Au Yong’s new album a dedicated listen. In short, YIJU is intimate and engaging.

The album has my ideal balance of easy-to-like-musicality and what-the-?! At a few points the screechy erhu tipped the scales but the harshness made subsequent vocals and gentle tones more dramatic. My favorite tracks at the moment are Daughter, Two Knives, and Yiju. Daughter sounds like you’ve awoken on an abandoned dock, surrounded by rusting barges and creaking rope. Close-miked Two Knives is like Gollom eating pudding in your ear. The album returns to the mysterious docks with Yiju, this time with male grunts and exclamations like a boat-hull work-song. Awesome.

YIJU isn't like anything I've heard and I'm glad I have this.

Mary Coss

Complexity in simplicity
YIJU is at times haunting and at times a rich cacophony of textures and emotion. It’s music for quiet, contemplative time. Each time I listen I hear something new.