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Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas

by Byron Au Yong

Adventurous contemporary operatic performances with water percussion prompted by the I Ching (Book of Changes).
Genre: Classical: Opera
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1. Hello Helicopter
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2. Lawn Sprinkler
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3. Plish
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4. I Float
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5. Abundai (Seven Operas)
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6. Puckered Skin
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7. I.C.E.
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8. Dust Away
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9. Bump And Grind
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10. Kun (Five Operas)
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11. I Am Felled
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12. Taking Time
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13. After The Stoning
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"... exquisite darkness… whimsical lines… captivating experience." The Stranger

Kidnapping Water travels through warnings, prayers, fantasies, and whispers in a thematic review for future generations about an element older than man. Human voices (singers Josie Davis, Emily Greenleaf, Jeremiah Oliver, David Stutz) and splashing water (percussionists Stuart McLeod, Dean Moore, Benjamin Morrow, James Whetzel) cry out harder than the silent wisdom of hair turned white.

There is fear and longing in these Bottled Operas. Not a run-away-in-fear or humping-towards desire, more a pause-and-reflect terror and furrowed-brow hope that sends quiet shivers through the stomach. Breath senses water disappear. Ears caress aural mirages where the abundant waterways of the present hide a future of burning salt.

The lyrics, prompted by the I Ching 易經 (Book of Changes), are reinterpreted by librettists Eugenie Chan, Bret Fetzer, Aaron Jafferis, Archana Kumar, Carola Luther, Caroline Murphy, Vivian Umino, and Edisa Weeks. 23 of 64 Bottled Operas are included on this CD.


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Linda Krutenat

Kidnapping Water:Bottled Operas
I felt that I was listening to a story leading to a tribal ritual of containment. I liked the feel of “I Float” that I disconnected with the peace I feel while floating. "Puckered Skin" was wonderfully aggressive!

Kristofer Bergstrom

Innovative and thought-provoking
Au Yong's clever lyrics and the accomplished librettists pull off these pieces. For me, Au Yong draws the perfect balance of strange, unexpected moments and musically satisfying, accessible passages. The great revelation of this album: water makes a great percussion instrument! My favorite tracks are 6 "Puckered Skin", 10 "Kun", and 12 "Taking Time".

Esther Sugai


Byron's music is much like Byron himself -- playful, imaginative and fun. These Bottled Operas frolic and sport with the theme of water in all its permutations. I love the combination of voice and water, played by percussionists using wood, stone, bamboo, bone and other materials. My favorite selection is Kun (five operas), which begins with Dean Moore's gong sounding in the water and Emily Greenleaf's evocative voice. I've been listening to the CD at work, and it uplifts my spirit.