Theresa Wong (born March 31, 1976) is a cellist, vocalist, composer and improviser in the field of experimental music. In 2013 she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Early life and education
She was born in Schenectady, New York. Wong studied classical piano and cello in her early years and attended Stanford University, where she completed a B.S. in product design. After studies in graphic design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and a one year fellowship in design at Benetton Group's Fabrica research centre in Treviso, Italy, she returned to the Bay Area and completed a Master of Fine Arts at Mills College, studying with Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, Alvin Curran, Joëlle Léandre and Annie Gosfield.
Her debut album, The Unlearning, was released on Tzadik Records in September 2011. This work is a collection of 21 songs inspired by Francisco Goya's The Disasters of War etchings, and is performed by Wong on cello and voice and Carla Kihlstedt on violin and voice. Her other works include O Sleep, an improvised opera premiered at Southern Exposure which she directed and presented with an ensemble of eight performers, Call It Culture, a cello duo written for Joan Jeanrenaud, Meet Me At The Future Garden, for 2 voices and 8 Intonarumori performed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with the Magik*Magik Orchestra commissioned for Performa 09's Music for 16 Futurist Noise Intoners and Xenoglossia, a piece for live and prerecorded voice composed as a soundtrack to conceptual artist Jonathon Keats' travel documentary for plants, Strange Skies presented at the Berkeley Art Museum.
Wong has performed throughout the United States and internationally with artists including Fred Frith, Joëlle Léandre, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Vinny Golia, Ellen Fullman, Carla Kihlstedt, Anna Halprin and Luciano Chessa. She also appears in Peter Esmonde’s documentary on Ellen Fullman, 5 Variations on a Long String (2010).
- 2011 The Unlearning, 21 songs for violin, cello and 2 voices (Tzadik)
- 2011 Through Glass Panes – compositions by Ellen Fullman (Important Records)
- 2011 jimpani kustakwa ka jankwariteecheri – Estamos Ensemble (Edgetone Records)
- 2010 The Headlands – Barn Owl and the Infinite String Ensemble (Important Records)
- 2009 The Harmonic Series, A Compilation of Works in Just Intonation – duo with Ellen Fullman (Important Records)
- 2009 Vanity – with Große Abfahrt (Emanem)
- 2009 Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air – Music for Dance by Fred Frith (Fred Records)
- 2008 Earth Music, Ten Years of Meridian Music – Nightwatching, for solo cello and voice (Innova)
- 2007 Bolivar Zoar – with Ava Mendoza and Maryclare Brzytwa (Self release)
- 2007 The Mirror World – ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Metalanguage)
- 2007 Luggage – with Bob Marsh (Last Visible Dog)
- 2007 The Happy End Problem – Music for Dance by Fred Frith (Fred Records)
- "Dusted Reviews". Dusted Magazine
- "The Evolution Starts Now: Mills College Pushes the Limits of Contemporary Sound" By Derk Richardson, Oakland Magazine.
- Theresa Wong nos interpreta los desastres de Goya con “The Unlearning”
- En magisk hemmakväll hos Tom