Meridian Music: Composers in Performance presents Theresa Wong
Date: Feb 11,2009
Time: 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance presents a performance of new and recent compositions by cellist and composer Theresa Wong, with guest performers Joan Jeanrenaud (cello), Carla Kihlstedt (violin), and Suki O’Kane.
Theresa Wong is an improviser and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her current work spans the areas of improvisation, composition, video, performance art and large-scale performance pieces. Her performances have been included in the Unlimited 21 Festival in Wels, Austria, the Other Minds Brink series in San Francisco, the Radio France broadcast A L'improviste, the Seattle Improvised Music Festival and at The Stone in New York City. She has collaborated and performed with such artists as Fred Frith, Tatsuya Nakatani, Joelle Leandre, Gianni Gebbia, Luciano Chessa, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, MaryClare Brzytwa and June Watanabe. Theresa completed an MFA in performance at Mills College in 2006 where she studied with Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, Annie Gosfield and cello with Gianna Abondolo and Joan Jeanrenaud.
Joan Jeanrenaud is a cellist, composer and improviser. For two decades she performed as cellist of the Kronos Quartet and worked with hundreds of composers and musicians from John Cage to Frank Zappa. With them she performed over 2,000 concerts and released thirty recordings. In 1999 she began her pursuit of solo and collaborative projects in composition, improvisation, electronics, and multi-disciplinary performance. She has completed more than 20 compositions for cello many of these multi-media works.
Carla Kihlstedt plays the violin, sings and composes in a wide variety of musical circumstances from the rich and subtle Tin Hat to the dramatic and alarming Sleepytime Gorilla Museum to the intimate and incisive 2 Foot Yard. She has worked with Fred Frith, Satoko Fujii, Tom Waits, Ben Goldberg, Lisa Bielawa and Colin Jacobsen among many others.
Mallet percussionist, media ecologist, composer, sound designer and public artist, Suki O'Kane is one of the founding members of the lo-fi sampling ensemble The Noodles (with Michael Zelner), plays percussion with Moe! Staiano's Moe!kestra! and Dan Plonsey's Daniel Popsicle, and has performed live and recorded with She Mob and the side projects of its co-founder Sue Hutchinson: mad folk duo Junior Showmanship and its alter-ego speed metal Winner's Bitch. She has performed in realizations of Jon Brumit's Vendetta Retreat, and with Lucio Menegon in his Split Lip and Soundtrack Instumentals projects. Her long-running conversation about intermedia with Sarah Lockhart is now being occasionally expressed in drumkit duo performances of SL Morse.
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