Friday, January 1, 2010
Sandra Wong was too young to remember, but her parents say she displayed a deep love of music from a very early age. With Beethoven's 5th as her nighttime lullaby, Sandra began studying the violin at age seven with the intention of becoming a concert violinist. This remained her sole focus for fifteen years until she discovered fiddling…and her entire musical world was turned upside down! Suddenly music became about connecting with other people in a joyful, communal way rather than an isolated striving for perfection. It began with Irish, Old-time and Bluegrass festival jams and has grown into her current livelihood of teaching, performing, recording and collaborating with other musicians from a diverse range of world music genres. In 1999, Sandra fell in love with a wonderful Swedish folk instrument called the nyckelharpa, a 16 stringed, keyed bowed instrument. It is now an integral part of her work and musical expression.
Sandra has released two solo albums; “It’s About Time”(1999) and “Joy”(2000) and has two new albums out this year. The first is a collaboration with mandolinist Dominick Leslie covering original tunes and folk music from Sweden to Spain. This CD also features Grant Gordy - guitar, Eric Thorin - bass, Jayme Stone – banjo, and Ty Burhoe – tabla.
The second is a duo album “Frolic & Romp” with fellow fiddler Ryan Drickey exploring folk dance music from contradance tunes to Swedish polskas on fiddles, nyckelharpa, banjo, and cello.
Sandra has toured nationally and internationally appearing at festivals such as Vancouver Folk Festival, Festival Vancouver, Festival D’ete, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Moab Music Festival, Swallow Hill and others as both a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians.
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