from a chronological perspective of sorts
BANDS IN SF OF WHICH I"VE BEEN AN OFFICIAL MEMBER (with interesting shows we played highlighted)
- 1995 - current FROZEN CHICKEN PATTIES: (w/ two big hiatus' in middle of timeline): performed at many shows at smallish and medium-sized San Francisco venues including Transmission Theater, Coco Club, Kimo's, Studio Z, CW Saloon/Cherry Bar and the Tempest; recorded self-released CD (guitar & vocals: Dorothy Wang, drums & backing vocals: Kim Mosler) in 2005.
- 6/29/2016 - Played a set and did Q&A with girls at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Oakland, CA - super fun!
- 11/12/2003 - FCP performed live on KZSU, Stanford University's radio station.
- 10/6/1996 - FCP played Dirty Bird Queercore Festival benefit at the Chameleon, San Francisco, CA with Cypher in the Snow and Sta-Prest.
- 1999 - 2000 NEBUCHADNEZZER: played a bunch of local venues including warehouse shows and Lost Weekend video store to protest citywide dot com shutdowns of San Francisco music rehearsal spaces; recorded demo CD (vocals: Ace Morgan, guitar: Dorothy Wang, bass: Carmen White, drums: Colleen).
- 1997 - 1998 CYPHER IN THE SNOW: recorded 7" record and played numerous shows up and down the West Coast including 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA, weird straight-edge house party in Modesto, CA and tiny little stage somewhere in Portland, OR (vocals: Anna Joy Springer and Carmen White, trumpet: Margaret Hitchcock, guitar & violin: Dorothy Wang, guitar: Elitrea Frye, bass: Chloe Sherman, drums: Paula Cronin).
- 1/22/1998 - Kathy Acker Memorial Celebration with Winston Tong, Susie Bright, Tribe 8 etc. at Slim's, San Francisco, CA.
- 1994 - 2000 SLOW CLUB: (vocals: Carmen White, bass: Leslie Mah, guitar & violin: Dorothy Wang, drums: Maria Jones/Kim Mosler).
- 2/3/1995 - Slow Club performed at "Full On Asian Action" at Epicenter Zone, San Francisco, CA with Kicking Giant, Sta-Prest and Justin Chin.
- 12/31/1994 - self-produced Gray Tabby Alien Conspiracy show at Luna Sea Women's Performance Project, San Francisco, CA, featuring Slow Club, my solo project and the Gray Tabby Go-Go Dancers. You'd be surprised how many people like cats. A lot.
- 7/1/1994 - Slow Club opened for Bikini Kill at Epicenter Zone, San Francisco, CA.
- 1992 - 1993 ODD GIRL OUT which morphed into WARM JETS (Iraya Robles, Aimee Patten, Aisha Stone (only in Odd Girl Out), Dorothy Wang - we all switched instruments and sang).
- 1/23/1993 - Warm Jets opened for Kaia and possibly Tribe 8? amongst others at Epicenter Switchboard benefit at Studio 4, San Francisco, CA. I still have a cassette recording of this show and it's really funny if you want to hear it.
- 10/?/1992 - Odd Girl Out opened for Bikini Kill at Epicenter Zone.
- 2007 to current - ongoing long distance collaboration with Minneapolis-based Purest Spiritual Pigs (Helena Thompson and various).
Note: Helena has contributed several drum tracks that I used on the Oliver Starfish CD - very goth.
- Wrote and recorded violin part and mixed "Three Thieves Gone", played baritone guitar and bass for "Shenti" on CD, Body Misses (2010).
- Co-wrote "A Car A Bullet A Break" with Helena; recorded guitar tracks and sent them to her via pony express. Released on EP, "Reveler's Right" (2014).
- 3/3/2010 - Purest Spiritual Pigs (Helena Thompson on sampler + me on guitar) performed a live experimental improv soundtrack to video featuring photography by Anita Bowen at Black & Blue Tattoo, San Francisco, CA.
- 6/2/2012 - solo performance of music and readings in Squall: A Minor Storm, part of the National Queer Arts Festival “Best Revenge” a collection of radical queer events in the Mission, San Francisco, CA.
- 12/3/2011 - solo music performance in Trouble Deep, a music and art show at Million Fishes Arts Collective, San Francisco, CA.
- 9/18 thru 10/4/2008 - sound and lighting design for play "Hey, Sailor" (Writer/Director: Miriam Kronberg, Film: Crystal Mason) at OmniCircus, San Francisco, CA. Collected sound effects, wrote/recorded intro music, audio editing and final mix. Also did sound & video tech for production.
- 7/1/2005 - played rhythm guitar in backing band for Victor Soleil (Latin pop singer) at the Bench and Bar, Oakland, CA.
- 4/24 & 4/25/2002 - played rhythm guitar with Tribe 8, opening for Siouxsie & the Banshees and Ex-Girl at the Fillmore and the Warfield, San Francisco, CA.
- 9/3/2000 - performed in experimental duo with Carmen White at Kvetch, Sadie's Flying Elephant, San Francisco, CA. (vocals & bass: Carmen, guitar & violin: Dorothy Wang).
- 3/18 thru 3/21/1999 - recorded voiceover and mixed soundtrack for "No Ordinary Chore" in Alter Ego: duality dances, a collaboration by Kathleen Hermesdorf & Dominique Zeltzman premiering at Dancer's Group Studio Theater, San Francisco, CA.
- 2/28/1996 - played guest violin with Tribe 8, opening for 7 Year Bitch and Jello Biafra at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA.
- Summer 1995 - toured (guitar) with Lucy Stoners (vocals & bass: Selena Whang, drums: Kim Mosler) on West Coast tour, opening for Sleater-Kinney and the CeBe Barnes Band.
- ? 1994 - played acoustic guitar and sang in weird unnamed experimental bluegrass duo with Aimee Patten (banjo & vocals) from Warm Jets, opening for Team Dresch at Epicenter Zone, San Francisco, CA at the first ever QTIP show (Queers Together In Punkness).
** Some of the details are a little sketchy; I didn't really keep any records of anything and it took great effort to figure out the stuff I did list. Unfortunately, I spent most of the 1990's boozing and smoking weed and chasing women and not enough time being organized and proactive. Ah just kidding!
MUSIC FOR FILM
- 2011 - "Dyke Central" directed by Florencia Manovil, Mynah Films, Oakland, CA. Pilot episode soundtrack includes a snippet of "This Night" by Oliver Starfish.
- 2007 - "Look Again" directed by Jennifer Lin, Look Again Films, Berkeley, CA. Soundtrack featuring three songs by Frozen Chicken Patties and theme song "Look Again" with words and melody by Jennifer Lin, and music written, arranged, and recorded by Dorothy Wang (vocals: Jennifer Justice, drums: Marcos Soriano, guitars, bass: Dorothy Wang). Additional: boom operator/sound mixer.
- 2006 - "Kieu" directed by Thu-Ha Vu, Sycamore Street Productions, San Francisco, CA. Formed Q String Quartet to write, perform and record film score (first violin: Joemy Ito-Gates, second violin, guitar, bass: Dorothy Wang, viola: Christine Lipat, cello: Ahram Kim). Additional: boom operator/sound mixer.
- 2002 - "The Cheat" by Cecil B. DeMille; Sheri Ozeki's reinterpretation from an Asian-American perspective of this classic silent film via her own music score, performed live at the Palace Theater, Los Angeles, CA for the Silverlake Film Festival (contrabass: Sheri Ozeki, violin: Dorothy Wang, drums: Patty Schemel, guitar: Leslie Mah, theremin: Kevin Suhko Lee, percussion: Sara Dale, keyboard: Roddy Bottum).
- 2001 - "Shut Up White Boy" directed by Thu-Ha Vu, Sycamore Street Productions, San Francisco, CA - Formed band DragOn Ladies to write and record songs for soundtrack (guitar, vocals: Tina Gordon, guitar, vocals: Leslie Mah, bass, vocals: Dorothy Wang, drums: Seme Sung). Performed at Trannyfest benefit at San Francisco Women's Building.
- 1994 - "Her Appetite" directed by Katrina Fullman, San Francisco, CA. Wrote and recorded soundtrack music for video about food and its relationship to desire, body image, etc., using a variety of "kitchen sounds", cheesy guitar and groovy Casio keyboard. Also had role in it and voiceover as "Customer."
( East Tennessee ): From elementary school through high school, I played classical piano and received a High School Diploma in Piano from the Tennessee Piano Teacher's Association. I also played violin in my junior high and high school orchestras, which included a brief stint as harpsichord accompanist. Around the age of 16, I taught myself guitar and with the aid of my Casio keyboard and its groovy rhythm/drums feature, started writing and recording bad technopop and Violent Femmes type songs at home on a boombox when no one was around.
( Upstate New York ): When I was 18 and studying freshwater ecology at Cornell, I joined my first band, Tilt-a-Whirl, as keyboardist, violinist and eventually, lead vocalist. I also started playing solo guitar and singing at cafes, coffeehouses and bars and had a live show broadcast on the campus radio station as well as a great gig playing at Ithaca's Take Back the Night Rally where I horrified folk aficionados with an apparently disturbing cover of a Holly Near song.
- Snarkism - "A Sad Poem" (guest violin) Tribe 8, 1996 Alternative Tentacles Records
- Bunch of Fuckin' Feminists Vol.2 - "Supersonic" (guitar) Slow Club, 1996 on a compilation by Louder Scully
- So You Have an STD... - Cypher in the Snow (guitar), 1998 Bad Monkey Records
- Frozen Chicken Patties - Frozen Chicken Patties (guitar & vocals), 2005 self-released
- It was a rabbit party - Oliver Starfish (solo stuff), 2013 self-released
- Body Misses - "Shenti" (guitar & bass) and "Three Thieves Gone" (violin) Purest Spiritual Pigs, 2010 Clandestin Works
- Reveler's Right - "A Car A Bullet A Break" (guitar) Purest Spiritual Pigs, 2014 Clandestin Works
"Dorothy's continued life is a miracle that heartens my ongoing struggle with my own existence!"------ Marcos Soriano, Map of Fog