The Walter Thompson Orchestra (WTO) was founded in 1984 as a vehicle for Thompson’s compositions and adaptations and since then has expanded beyond the core ensemble of world-class musicians to include all the performing disciplines – musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists.
The mission of the WTO is to present Thompson’s Soundpaintings as well as to seek out collaborations that take the group into new territories. Some of the collaborations to date have been with: Anthony Braxton, Andrea Ariel, Marilyn Crispell, Angélique Cormier and The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra, Myra Melford, François Jeanneau, The Irondale Ensemble, among others.

The Walter Thompson Orchestra has performed in concert and club venues in the US and Europe including The Stone, Petit Fauchaux (Tours, France) HERE Arts Center, Le Triton (Paris, France) Lincoln Center, the Knitting Factory, Eastman School of Music, La Ma Ma, The Kitchen, Brooklyn Museum, BimHuis (Amsterdam), among many others.

*Soundpainting is the multidisciplinary live compose sign language created by Thompson in 1974. Please visit www.soundpainting.com for more information.