Byron Au Yong and Randy Moss | Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas

September 12 – November 21, 2008

“Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas . . . exudes an exquisite darkness whose shifts, gradients, and strips of black bewitch the eye.” —The Stranger

Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas is a sound and light installation that features footage and recordings of performances by classical and experimental opera singers and water percussionists in a ceremonial event that explores water and human migration. Created by composer Byron Au Yong, in collaboration with writers, media artists and musicians, the Bottled Operas were performed in rivers, lakes, fountains, sloughs, ravines, and other waterways as part of 4Culture’s Site-Specific. During Bumbershoot, Kidnapping Water musicians found themselves in the DuPen Fountain singing and splashing through these 64 Bottled Operas that have a curious relationship to the 64 hexagrams in the I Ching.

Sound: Byron Au Yong

Light: Randy Moss

Video: Jean-Stephane

Libretti: Eugenie Chan, Bret Fetzer, Aaron Jafferis, Archana Kumar, Carola Luther, Caroline Murphy, Vivian Umino, Edisa Weeks.

Creative Vocalists: Josie Davis, Emily Greenleaf, Jeremiah Oliver, David Stutz

Water Percussionists: Stuart McLeod, Dean Moore, Ben Morrow, James Whetzel

Audio engineers: Tom Stiles and CJ Lazenby


Byron Au Yong

Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation dedicated to intercultural collaboration and the places people call home. Works include Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts), Occupy Orchestra…


Sound Clips

  • Byron Au Yong - Kidnapping Water Bottled Operas
    Byron Au Yong - I Am Felled Byron Au Yong
  • Byron Au Yong - Kidnapping Water Bottled Operas
    Jack Straw New Media Gallery interview: Byron Au Yong Byron Au Yong