Born: March 31, 1976 Primary Instrument: Cello
Theresa Wong is a cellist, vocalist, composer and improviser whose work encompasses music, theater and the visual arts. Her training in classical music and design fused during a fellowship at Fabrica Center in Treviso, Italy where she recognized the possibility of creative performance through encounters with Lawrence Weiner, Koichi Makigami and Alexander Balanescu. Bridging areas of musical and visual expression, Wong seeks to find the opportunity for transformation in each work for both the artist and receiver alike. Her current projects include: O Sleep, a multi-faceted improvised opera which explores the conundrum of sleep and dream life and The Unlearning, a collection of songs for cello, violin and two voices inspired by Francisco Goya's Disasters of War etchings. Her compositions include Castings performed by sfSound, Meet Me at the Future Garden performed with the Magikmagik* Orchestra for Performa 09's Music for 16 Futurist Noise Intoners, What Orbs! premiered by Luciano Chessa at the San Francisco Conservatory and Call It Culture a duo for two cellos performed by Joan Jeanrenaud and herself. Wong was invited by dance visionary Anna Halprin to perform a leading vocal role in Spirit of Place, a site-specific performance honoring Stern Grove. She is also a cast member on cello, voice and piano in Carla Kihlstedt's Necessary Monsters theater project. In addition, she has collaborated with such artists as Fred Frith, Kanoko Nishi, Joelle Leandre, Gianni Gebbia, Ellen Fullman and ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Her performances have been included at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Festival Internacional de Puebla, Mexico, Unlimited 21 Festival in Wels, Austria, Other Minds Brink series in San Francisco, Radio France broadcast, A L'improviste and at The Stone in New York City. Wong currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Awards:2011 Subito Quick Advancement Grant from American Composer's Forum for Xenoglossia 2010 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing In Artists grant for Artistic Equipment & Tools Artist-in-resident to develop The Unlearning, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY 2009 Artist-in-resident to develop O Sleep, an improvised opera, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA Meet The Composer Grant for The Unlearning 2008 Artist-in-resident, Laboratoire Village Nomade, Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland 2007 Subito Quick Advancement Grant from the American Composer’s Forum for Call It Culture
Through Glass Panes (Important Records, 2011)
The Headlands (Important Records, 2010)
Vanity (Emanem Records, 2009)
The Harmonic Series; A Compilation of Musical Works in Just Intonation (Important Records, 2009)
Earth Music; Ten Years of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance (Innova, 2009)
The Mirror World by Larry Ochs OrchestRova + ROVA Sax Quartet (Metalanguage, 2007)
Bolivar Zoar (Self Release, 2007)
The Happy End Problem (Fred Records, 2005)
Luggage (Last Visible Dog, 2004)
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