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Practicing Sands

by Theresa Wong

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silent water falling rush me over the night there's a river calling lowly hush, not a sound the quiet clearing hush, not a sound... throes n' throes a comin' rush me over this night those who do the calling lowly hush, not a sound the good are weeping hush - not a sound coffers 'round us filling rush thee into the night! fell the weak and weary boldly hush, not a sound the great deceiving hush, not a sound with the winter rushes bending under the white dear ones, near ones, calling softly oh, for the fight we fared not meekly give me the night that I wake clearly
meadow 03:53
outsider 04:16
sedimental 04:12
wrong bird 03:13
opening sea 11:52


Practicing Sands is a collection of pieces by Chinese-American composer, cellist, and vocalist Theresa Wong, which draws inspiration from the sounds of the natural world and sensations of Wong’s sonic genetic memory. With alternate tunings and extended techniques, Wong has forged a timbral merging of cello and voice into a totally unique synthesis. Combining improvisation and composition, these works stem from Wong’s ongoing question: “how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?” Self-recorded over three months, these recordings document Wong’s personal approach to microphone placement and technique as extensions of composition itself. Utilizing various microphone configurations to define the spectral and spatial quality of each piece, she invites the listener into an embodied experience of her music as haptic vibrational sculptures. Releases September 14, 2022 on

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist, and vocalist active at the intersection of improvisation, composition, and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Her artistic practice follows inquiries into song forms, just intonation, and multi-media performance. Her works include 'As We Breathe', an installed song commissioned by Long Beach Opera; 'She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees' (First Hand Records 2022), commissioned by pianist Sarah Cahill; 'Harbors' (room40 2020), co-composed with Long String Instrument inventor Ellen Fullman; and' The Unlearning' (Tzadik 2011), twenty-one songs inspired by Goya’s 'Disaster of War' etchings. She currently works and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


released September 14, 2022

All music and text by Theresa Wong
The Orange Route, ASCAP © 2022
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Theresa Wong
Recorded at Casa Ninja in Berkeley, California April-June, 2020
Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab, Oakland, California
Special thanks to: Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Fred Frith,
and Myles Boisen
Design, photo and cover art: Theresa Wong
Title from poem 320 by Emily Dickinson

Read more about the album at "15 Questions" edited by Tobias Fischer:
Journey To The Core - on playing and recording techniques used on Practicing Sands:
Tools of Creation - The Cello - on inspirations, influences and explorations on the instrument:


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Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. She has presented her work throughout the US and internationally and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... more

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