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The Winter Of Our Discontent was developed by Debi Wong and the Finnish contemporary guitarist, Otto Tolonen. Otto specializes in European guitar music composed between 1955-86. A one year experimental project culminating in a single performance which started in 2013 has developed into an ongoing performance project. The initial goal was to innovate the way musical performers interact with and present notated music from the Western Art Music canon by juxtaposing each of their areas of specialization. This was accomplished by embarking on a series of improvised experiments that created a dialogue between: vocal and instrumental music, 17th century repertoire and 21st century repertoire, the historical lute and the classical guitar musical devices and theatrical devices, textual rhetoric and musical rhetoric, notated text and music with improvised text and music. They achieved their goal, but also discovered a new kind of performing: one that transcended the borders and traditions of artistic disciplines and specialized practices.
Even though The Winter Of Our Discontent is a small-scale example of how improvisation and interdisciplinary collaboration can innovate practices, the methods can be applied on a much larger scale, and are relevant to any collective attempting to transcend disciplinary borders. With this presentation, they are not attempting to question the relevancy of disciplinary specializations, but rather to demonstrate how creating conversations between diverse disciplines can yield new realms of knowledge.
Debi is a graduate of Yale University (M.Mus) and The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (Diploma in Sacred Music), where she studied vocal performance and was the recipient of the 2010 Margot Fassler award for outstanding performances in sacred music. She is currently a doctoral candidate at The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where she is studying interdisciplinary performance and collaborative aspects of music. Her passion lies in creating performances that combine storytelling with music and theatre.
As a soloist, Debi has performed with leading orchestras and ensembles across Europe and North America. She also performs regularly with her award-winning lute and voice ensemble, White Sparrow and her lute, voice and guitar trio, The Winter Of Our Discontent.