An evening of Soundpainting with The Walter Thompson Orchestra, SP4tet (Soundpainting string quartet) and The New York Soundpainting Orchestra. New York composer Walter Thompson has been composing professionally for the past 32 years. He invented Soundpainting, a composing/conducting sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. Thompson has performed and conducted his compositions with contemporary orchestras throughout the world and has taught Soundpainting at many universities and conservatories in Europe and America. He is founder of and composer/conductor for The Walter Thompson Orchestra, which has been together for over 20 years and which has been the key vehicle for Thompson’s work with Soundpainting.
Thompson has received awards from various organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, The University of Iowa, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“Artist as Catalyst”), the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest/Lila Atchison Wallace Commissioning Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2002 Thompson was presented with the prestigious Aplaudiment from Premis FAD Sebastiá Gasch d’Arts Parateatrals in Barcelona, Spain, for his work with Soundpainting.