Sandra Wong: The Wonder of the Nyckelharpa

Sandra Wong

International solo and ensemble artist Sandra Wong has toured nationally and internationally as a violinist and nyckelharpist. Currently, her projects include “Kaleidoscope” with Ty Burhoe on tabla and Bill Douglas on piano. She performs with “Wild Earth Ensemble,” including Victor Mestas playing piano; Beth Quist on voice, percussion, and hammer dulcimer; Jon Sousa on guitar; and Joy Adams on cello.

Wong also plays in a trio with Roger Landes on bouzouki and Beth Gadbaw working with voice and bodhran. she plays in another trio with Steve Mullins on guitar and banjolas and Doug Walters on marimba. Then there’s the duo with Anne Marie Morgan on viola da gamba.


Understanding and Learning

As an enterprising force in the world of indigenous and exotic instruments, Sandra further engages in collaborations with a many musicians working with diverse genres of music. Sandra goes on to create and personally facilitate musical study trips to different countries — leading people into the heart of individual folk cultures through the music and dance of each country. She strives to nurture a deep love of music and the arts in both children and adults.

The Nyckelharpa

Sandra teaches privately and in group settings in Boulder, Colorado, via Skype/Zoom and wherever her music takes her. She is passionate about sustainability and donates a percentage of all CD sales and concert ticket sales to organizations working to create sustainability in all aspects of life; environmental conservation, species protection, alternative energy innovation, education, equal rights, and more.


Skills

Sandra Wong, classical violinist

Multi-instrumentalist with a focus on violin and nyckelharpa performing classical (solo and chamber), jazz, and World Music styles including but not limited to Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cape Breton, French-Canadian, Middle-Eastern, Sephardic, Klezmer, Flamenco and Andalusian music, Music Composition, Improvisation, Cultural/Musical Study Trip Creator and Leader, Recording Artist.

 


A short list of Sandra’s festivals and concerts

Caramoor
Musik vid Siljan (special guest of Ale Möller)
Lofoten Islands, Norway – house concert with Kirsti Huke and Siri Sjaere
Lincoln Center
Moab Music Festival
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Calgary Folk Festival
Vancouver Festival
Festival Vancouver
Club Passim
Festival D’ete
Bumbershoot
Pagosa Springs Four Corners Festival
Butchart Gardens
Hugh’s Room, Toronto
Dazzle
Boettcher Hall
Denver Performing Arts Center


The Music of Sandra Wong

RECORDING ARTIST: 1998-PRESENT

  • “It’s About Time” solo fiddle album
  • “Joy” solo nyckelharpa album
  • “Frolic & Romp” collaborative album with Ryan Drickey featuring dance music from different parts of the world “Sunny Side Up” collaborative album with Dominick Leslie also featuring the playing of Ty Burhoe, Grant Gordy, Eric Thorin, Ian Hutchison and Jayme Stone Recording on numerous artists CD’s including: Nawang Khechog, Ty Burhoe, Rebecca Folsom, Steve Mullins, Lynn Patrick, Deborah Schmit-Lobis, Filippo Gambetta, Jono Manson, Blue Monkey, Eileen Meyer, Beth Gadbaw and more
  • Recording on the Soundtrack written by Jami Sieber and Evan Schiller for the PBS
    documentary American Masters Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Sandra Wong

Education

  • Meadowmount School of Music – 1991
  • Ithaca College School of Music — Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance- 1997
  • Circle Songs 2012 with Bobby McFerrin
  • Circle Songs 2013 with Bobby McFerrin
  • Ongoing studies in Sweden 1999-present
  • Fiddle/Violin Teachers:
    Björn Ståbi
    Mats Berglund
    Per Gudmundson
    Ellika Frisell
    Pers Hans Olsson
    Anders Nygard
    Kalle Almlöf
    Yair Dalal
    Laurie Hart
    Linda Case
    Kathleen Winkler
  • Nyckelharpa Teachers:
    Olov Johansson
    Ditte Andersson
    Peter Hedlund
    Esbjörn Hogmark
  • Kulning Teachers:
    Agneta Stolpe
    Kjersti Ståbi

Equipment

       Microphones


Professional Affiliations:

  • AFM Local 1000
  • ASCAP

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Chuck Schiele

http://www.ChuckSchieleMusic.com

Making Music Magazine Content & Creative Director, Chuck Schiele is an award-winning musician, producer, editorialist, artist, activist and music fan. He still plays every day. www.ChuckSchieleMusic.com

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