Randy Wong

 

Equally accomplished as a composer/arranger, band leader, and record producer, Randy Wong’s music is regularly featured on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” “Weekend America,” and “All Things Considered” programs, The Pentagon Channel, and the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Network. His compositions have garnered awards from the Music Foundation of Hawai’i, and a nomination from the Ontario Independent Music Awards. Since 2006, Wong has produced records for ukulele magnate Jim Beloff/Flea Market Music, including the Australian best-seller Rare Air and the Hawaii Music Award–winning Paradise Lost & Found. In 2007, a Project Copernicus performance of his violin concerto L’ours Chinois was ranked #4 in the Palm Beach Post’s Top 10 Classical Music Concerts.

Recent projects produced by Wong include two chart-topping albums by The WAITIKI 7, Adventures in Paradise and New Sounds of Exotica for Waitiki International LLC. Wong’s expert knowledge of the historical and sociocultural conditions that led to mid-century exotica music has led him to be a frequent guest commentator on radio programs and podcasts dedicated to lounge music, being cited in Phillip Roberts’s book Waikiki Tiki, as well as numerous other publications.

In high demand as a freelance double bassist, Randy has performed and/or toured a diverse selection of today’s finest musicians, including: Susan Werner, Brother Ah (Robert Northern), the Honolulu Symphony, Project Copernicus, and Waipuna, among others.

As an arts educator and educational researcher, Randy Wong is Associate Editor of the Journal for Music-In-Education, published jointly by the Music-In-Education National Consortium and New England Conservatory, where he is on the college faculty.

March 2011
  • “The Waitiki 7, a born-in-Honolulu ensemble loaded with virtuoso talent,
    updates the classic exotica mood with substantial improvisational firepower.”
    —Mark Holston, JAZZIZ