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Flora Wong

23.3.2021

Artist Interview

Flora Wong is an Australian violinist based in Meanjin. She is Associate Director of the Australian post-genre concert series Dots+Loops, member of Nonsemble, Voltfruit, Helge Quartet and Tango Enigmático, and a lecturer in contemporary violin. Her work has taken her around Australia as well as overseas.

Flora

"I have a complicated relationship with the violin. I've spent hundreds of hours playing; it's an extension of myself, I love it. But it has a lot of baggage being tied to classical music. I like to push it outside of that space."

Flora as a child playing a toy violin


Flora played violin extensively throughout her schooling. It wasn't until her masters degree that she began to break the classical mould, initially with help from colleague Chris Perrin. She also cites Stéphane Grappelli, Pekka Kuusisto, Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold as influences.

Flora performing at Oscillo Scape 2019

"Collaboration is so important for a musician. Every time you play with someone different you learn about how they play; what you love about it and what you don't."

Dots+Loops

Formed in 2014, Dots+Loops is a post-genre music and arts series with over 20 critically acclaimed gigs under its belt.

Tijana Kozarcic performing at Dots+Loops Synthesis. Photography by Daniel Lopez.

"It's somewhere at the intersection of a traditional classical concert, underground club gig, and an experimental art show." The core team includes Kieran Welch, Connor D'Netto and Flora.

Airport DJ performing at Dots+Loops Drones. Photography by Isabelle Rainbow.

After a very busy 2019, the team took last year to officially become a registered not for profit organisation and also began their Joining The Dots podcast series. It includes interviews with artists in the Dots+Loops family as well as educational videos about making music and staying creative.

Dots+Loops Nonstop 2019. Photography by Dan Lopez / Rue Arts.

Flora Wong performing at Dots+Loops Nonstop 2019. Photography by Dan Lopez / Rue Arts.

VIBRATIONS (27 March 2021)

Upcoming Dots+Loops event!

"Vibrations is the weird avant-house party of your dreams, a vivacious celebration of noise and rhythm."

- Provocative Vibrations (bris)
- Throat Pleats (syd)
- Shugorei (bris)
- Airport (bris)

More info + tickets // https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dotsloops-vibrations-tickets-142468857187

Sounds from the Ferryman’s Hut (5-18 April 2021)

VOLTFRUIT Metro Arts Residency

Voltfruit is Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel.

"Brisbane-based experimental music duo Voltfruit take over the Ferryman’s Hut in Teneriffe to combine field recordings, found objects, musical instruments and electronics to create a series of sonic activations.

Exploring the urban and natural sound environment of the hut and its surrounds at different times of the day, they invite keen listeners and soundmakers to join them in their discovery of the space."

Find out more on the Metro Arts Website!

Links

Flora
- Website

- Instagram
- Facebook
- Soundcloud

Dots+Loops
- Website

- Instagram
- Youtube
- Joining The Dots Podcast