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Thu, Aug 22 2019 8:00 PM

8:15 pm Theresa Wong solo cello & voice
9:00 pm Rodrigo Barriga Quartet: Emily Cardwell, Patrick Talesfore Jr., Ben Westfall

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging sound, movement, theater and visual art, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike.
Her works include The Unlearning (Tzadik), 21 songs for violin, cello and 2 voices inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings, O Sleep, an improvised opera for an 8 piece ensemble exploring the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs. Her commissioned works include pieces for Splinter Reeds, Vajra Voices, pianist Sarah Cahill and Del Sol string quartet. At the heart of her work is a desire to expand the sonic possibilities of materials and to explore their potential in many modes of performance.
As a solo performer, 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?". Drawing upon sounds of the natural world, noise and the sensations of genetic sonic memory, a timbral merging of the voice and cello gives birth to new acoustically synthesized sounds. Her solo performances have been included in the FOCO Festival in Morelia, Mexico, Cafe Oto in London, Fabbrica Europa Festival in Florence, Italy and The Stone in New York City.

Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer and performer. His work explores group relationship and communication through the use of openness and guided improvisation. As a performer and improviser, his playing explores extended techniques on his main instrument, the electric bass. Barriga has played at many different venues in Mexico City, Puebla, and Xalapa, including the 2011 Vive Latino Festival, and in the United States.
Barriga is currently a graduate student at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he studies with Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, William Winant and others.

Cost: $8-15 sliding