May 5, 2016 8:00 pm



Brooklyn, NY – May 5 – 7th, Williamsburg’s Firehouse will host NYC’s 3rd Annual Soundpainting Festival. The festival will feature performances by the country’s leading Soundpainting ensembles and intensive workshops with Soundpainting’s inventor, Walter Thompson. The festival will feature the Walter Thompson Orchestra and five different ensembles. Each ensemble is led by a different Soundpainter with a unique application of the Soundpainting language. Soundpainting performances include Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, Mob Job, Letter of Marque Theatre Company, Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble, and Gil Selinger with 12 Houses Orchestra.

Soundpainting is the multi-disciplinary live-composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. The language comprises over 1500 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter indicating the type of material desired of the performers. Walter Thompson headlines the festival, leading his New York-based Walter Thompson Orchestra all three nights.

Full Schedule of Events:

Thursday, May 5:

8pm Mob Job

9pm Letter of Marque Theatre Company

10pm Walter Thompson Orchestra

Friday, May 6:

9am-5pm Soundpainting Workshop with Walter Thompson*

8pm Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses Orchestra

9pm Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble

10pm Walter Thompson Orchestra

Saturday, May 7:

9am-5pm Soundpainting Workshop with Walter Thompson*

8pm Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble

9pm Eric Eigner and Special Guests

10pm Walter Thompson Orchestra


*Please RSVP with Walter Thompson for Soundpainting workshops. Limited spaces available, first come, first served.


SOUNDPAINTING is the multi-disciplinary live-composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. It allows the composer (aka Soundpainter) to shape the material, offered by the performers, into a composition created in the moment. The language was developed by composer Walter Thompson in New York beginning in the late 1970’s. Soundpainting is now practiced in over 35 countries and on five continents. Thompson divides his time between New York and Europe where he is celebrated for his unique contribution to composition in one or more disciplines. Visit for more information.


The performances by the Walter Thompson Orchestra are funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.