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Sat, Mar 17 2018 7:30 PM

Theresa Wong
Julia Reidy
Judith Hamann

Australian musicians Julia Reidy and Judith Hamann present solo works in conjunction with cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong. Reidy weaves intricate and beautiful works out of microtonally tuned 12 string guitar, and is touring in support of her new release "All Is Ablaze." Hamann performs solo cello focused on micro and macro manifestations of shaking, exploring detailed timbral and partial activity. Wong will perform solo cello before her upcoming residency at The Stone, drawing upon the question: "how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?"


Judith Hamann is a cellist from Melbourne, Australia. Her performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, art, experimental, and popular music. Currently her work is focused on expressions of immersion and saturation: explored through durational, spatialised and electroacoustic approaches to sound, as well as an examination of psycho-physical materials and manifestation of 'shaking'.

Judith has studied contemporary repertoire with cellists including Charles Curtis and Séverine Ballon, as well as developing a strong practice in improvisation and sonic arts through collaborative projects both in Australia and internationally. She has worked with artists and ensembles including Oren Ambarchi, ELISION ensemble, Dennis Cooper, Maya Dunietz, Jürg Frey, Graham Lambkin, Alvin Lucier, Sejiro Murayama, Toshimaru Nakamura, The Necks, NYID, Michael Pisaro, Ilan Volkov, Tashi Wada, and La Monte Young. Judith is a member of Golden Fur, Hammers Lake, SYSTEM (with Anthea Caddy), The Argonaut String Quartet, and a duo project with Rosalind Hall.

She has performed widely with festivals including Tectonics (Glasgow, Adelaide, Tel Aviv, Athens), UnSound (NYC), Musikprotocol (Graz), The Now Now (Sydney), BIFEM (Bendigo), Dark Mona (Hobart), Tokyo Experimental Festival, SiDance Festival (Seoul), and Liquid Architecture (AU). Other performance highlights include improvised or repertoire presentations at Cafe Oto (London), Issue Project Room (NYC), Dia Art Foundation (NYC), Steim Institute (Amsterdam), Logos Foundation (Ghent), LaSalle University (Singapore), SuperDeluxe (Tokyo), O’ Gallery (Milan) and Tempo Reale (Florence).

She is a champion of new and rarely performed music, immersive approaches to sound, and engages with a range of interdisciplinary and experimental projects including collaborative work with visual artists Keith Deverell and Sabina Marselli. She has been an artist in residence at Tokyo Wondersite Aoyama, The Recollets (Paris), Q-02 (Brussels), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and Syros Sound Residency (Syros).


In her solo performances, Theresa Wong takes the listener into the molecules of the materials at hand. A relentless digging to unearth the raw vibrations of the cello and voice, her work draws upon the question: "how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?" In her personalized total art form centered around the voice and cello, a timbral merging gives birth to new acoustically synthesized sounds.

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Her pieces have integrated voice, instruments, composition, improvisation, and the synthesis of multiple mediums with the primary interest of finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. Her works include The Unlearning (Tzadik 2011) for two voices, violin and cello inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings, O Sleep, an improvised opera for an eight-member ensemble exploring the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs. Wong has been commissioned by Vajra Voices, Splinter Reeds and Del Sol String Quartet and collaborates with many singular artists, including Fred Frith, Ellen Fullman, Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and filmmaker Daria Martin. She has toured throughout the US and internationally and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more info, please visit: