whisperviolin

Welcome to the newest addition to the family, which thus far includes a Ceruti from 1802, a Violectra by Dave Bruce Johnson, a modified violin for INDUSTRY, Mr. Blue (seeing is believing), and more coming up...watch this space!

This frame violin, also known as a mute violin, is from ca. 1870. It has a beautiful, intimate, overtone-rich sound. Surprisingly little is known about these striking instruments.  One resource is the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. 

video premiere of Shapeshifter

Watch the video here! (excerpt)

NEW@LOG: New video! The Log Journal premieres the video to Molly Joyce's "Shapeshifter," off her recent EP and featuring violinist Monica Germino. Video shot and edited by Kevin Eikenberg of Four/Ten Media:

The Log Journal "Our friends at New Amsterdam Records have given us the opportunity to share a number of exclusive album previews in recent months. Today we’ve got something different to offer along with NewAm: our first VIDEO premiere, for the Molly Joyce composition Shapeshifter. Performed by the Dutch duo of violinist Monica Germino and sound engineer Frank van der Weij, the piece is one of two works included on Joyce’s new digital EP, 'Lean Back and Release.'

Molly Joyce: “Shapeshifter is a work inspired and motivated by physical change and its many implications. When I originally wrote it for the violin and engineer duo of Monica Germino and Frank van der Weij, I was aiming for the violin to gradually ‘shape-shift’ to a new and divergent sound. Thus the video to accompany excerpts of the work utilizes projection mapping and more to distort the actress’s appearance and propel her to a new physical image.” 

 

18th Biennial Festival of New Music

photo: Co Broerse

1-4 February 2017: Monica Germino in residence at the 18th Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State University College of Music. 23 composers from across the country will attend performances of their works in a series of 7 concerts. The festival will feature presentations, works, performances, and masterclasses by special guests: composer Louis Andriessen, the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, and violinist Monica Germino. 

New release: Monica Germino plays Molly Joyce's Shapeshifter

 New Amsterdam Records releases a digital EP of two tracks for solo violin with live and pre-recorded electronics, by Molly Joyce . Monica Germino plays Joyce's entrancing Shapeshifter and Adrianna Mateo plays the title track, Lean Back and Release. Mixing/mastering by Andrew McKenna Lee, Frank van der Weij, Krišs Veismanis, Michael Laurello, and Greg Kalember. 
Out now via New Amsterdam Bandcamp subscription & everywhere else on 27 January 2017. 

Listen on Spotify

Watch the video (excerpt)

The title track is followed by a more recent work, "Shapeshifter", originally written for the Dutch duo of violinist Monica Germino and sound engineer Frank van der Weij. Premiered in April 2015 in The Hague and Amsterdam, "Shapeshifter" is motivated by the concept of control and losing it. It is driven by the fact that with the duo, Frank is typically not seen visually, and therefore the idea of him controlling Monica’s sound and gradually letting go of that control is highlighted throughout the piece, and for Monica to gradually “shape-shift” to a new and divergent sound. The Shapeshifter recording was engineered by Frank van der Weij, Krišs Veismanis, and mixed by Michael Laurello, and mastered by Greg Kalember. 

Molly Joyce on both works: 
"Lean Back and Release' and 'Shapeshifter' represent some of my first explorations into composing for acoustic instruments with accompanying electronics, and specifically how these instruments' sounds can transform electro-acoustically. With both works I was striving for a clear form that is driven by the changing range of the solo violinist, and how that change can be driven by an electronic backing track that is also derived from the acoustic violin. 
Both pieces are also very much inspired by the violinists they are written for, and were written to challenge and showcase Adrianna and Monica's talents in new and unexpected ways."

READ MORE: Broadwayworld.com

ALUMNI PROFILE: MONICA GERMINO

Official violin version of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY out now!

Out now! video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY on Cantaloupe Music 

The official violin version of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY is out now! (VIDEO)

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"a bold, futuristic and ultimately high-voltage vision" video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY on Cantaloupe Music 

We celebrated with live preview in the Netherlands in Ostade A'dam for a capacity audience. Video: Marcel Wierckx, sound design & recording: Frank van der Weij.

"...In her fiery performance of composer Michael Gordon's "tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity" [The Daily Telegraph], violinist Monica Germino revels in pushing the signal-processed limits of her instrument in collaboration with sound designer Frank van der Weij. Filmed and edited by video artist Marcel Wierckx, Industry captures a bold, futuristic and ultimately high-voltage vision of one of the most compelling works in new classical music. At the composer’s request, Germino and van der Weij sought to create the definitive violin version of Gordon's work — a challenge that ultimately resulted in adapting the instrument solely for this piece of music. Germino performs on a modified, amplified, extreme scordatura acoustic violin, together with a battery of effects."

Artist presentation: La Cité des Dames in Cologne

20 January, 20:00: La Cité des Dames - Women in Focus

Presented by: Gleichstellungskommission der HfMT Köln

Venue: Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (Kammermusiksaal)
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Cologne, Germany

Telefon 0221 / 912818-0

Read more (in German) musik-in-koeln.de

Series of events & concerts at the Hochschule

La Nazione

Article in La Nazione about the concert in Florence, Italy on 23 July 2015, 21.00 

Venue: Sala Brunelleschi dell’Istituto degli Innocenti

Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Monica Germino, violin
Music by Louis Andriessen

Renato Rivolta, conductor
Strumentisti dell’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana

Tickets & information

Coaching and concert in Fiesole

Concert: Thursday, 23 July 2015, 21.00 
Venue: Sala Brunelleschi dell’Istituto degli Innocenti
In residence 20 -24 July, Scuola Musica Fiesole, Italy

Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Monica Germino, violin
Music by Louis Andriessen

Renato Rivolta, conductor
Strumentisti dell’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana

Tickets & information

Rave review for RACHE

"It makes one's blood run cold," wrote Marc van der Heijde about the premiere of RACHE in his blog for the Operadagen Rotterdam. "It's clear that the soloists-ensemble ELECTRA provided the composer [Boudewijn Tarenskeen] with extra inspiration. Michaela Riener, Susanna Borsch, Saskia Lankhoorn and Monica Germino are multi-talents, each convincing to one and all as singers, actresses and instrumentalists." 
"Elektra (with the gorgeous voice of Riener) killed her mother with the same axe that killed Elektra's father...when she in her lust for revenge finally slashes through the head of the drum...provides a new and powerful image of the classical drama..."
"At first, Marianne Bachmeier (Borsch) speaks through her instrument, the recorder...She wants to tell a coherent story but she makes her flute stutter, shout, and squeal...when she finally speaks, it is with the voice of a cold-blooded killer..."
"For the Biblical Judith, Lankhoorn portrays a seductress...her soft, husky, whispering voice...with texts surrounded by sounds from an old synthesizer...the increasing coldness in the music makes you slowly open your eyes..."
"Germino uses the violin as the sword with which the bride from Tarentino's "Kill Bill" killed a woman...the attack of the bow on the strings keeps you on the edge of your seat...Germino's appearance is every bit as intense as that of Uma Thurman: feline and on the cutting edge."
Read more (in Dutch)
photo: Anne Reinke

CLASSICALITE interviews Monica Germino

classicalite

News, Commentary on Classical Music, Jazz, Theater, Dance & More

EXCLUSIVE: Monica Germino on New England Conservatory, 'RACHE' Murder Premiere and Why She's Finally Ready to Play Michael Gordon's ‘INDUSTRY'

-May 27, 2015 | Lisa Helfer Elghazi

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photo of ELECTRA by Anne Reinke

 

ELECTRA premieres new show: RACHE ('REVENGE')

photo: Anne Reinke

PREMIERE: Operadagen Rotterdam. Thursday 28 May: shows at 19.00 & 22.00

ELECTRA is in the final stages of rehearsing and developing the new show RACHE ('REVENGE'). Together with composer Boudewijn Tarenskeen, ELECTRA tells the tale of four murderesses whose motive was revenge: Elektra (Michaela Riener), Marianne Bachmeier (Susanna Borsch), Judith (Saskia Lankhoorn), and Kill Bill (Monica Germino).

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Michaela Riener: mezzosoprano, bass drum/percussion
Monica Germino: violin, voice
Susanna Borsch: recorders, voice
Saskia Lankhoorn: Hammond organ, Fender piano, synthesizer, piano, voice, percussion

The wonderful team of collaborators: Boudewijn Tarenskeen (composer), Paul Koek (advice/direction), Wende Snijders (staging advice), Cecile Brommer (dramaturg), Micha de Kanter (sound design/artistic advice), Nico de Rooij & Djana Kovic (scenography and light design) [www.sidf.eu], Peter van Amstel (manager ELECTRA). Clothing sponsored by Leg-Inc.

Performance dates start 28 May 2015, premiering in the Operadagen Rotterdam, and run through spring 2016. 

Information in English on the Rotterdam Opera Days website

Rotterdam Uitkrant agenda listing

La Passione in Cologne

photo: Co Broerse

10 May 2015, 20.00

Louis Andriessen: La Passione for voice, violin and large ensemble

Premiere of version with images by Jaap Drupsteen

Asko|Schönberg
Bas Wiegers, conductor 
Cristina Zavalloni, voice
Monica Germino, violin
Jaap Drupsteen, visualization

ACHT BRÜCKEN 2015 | "EIGHT BRIDGES" 2015 Festival 
Kölner Philharmonie 
Cologne, Germany 

ACHT BRÜCKEN 2015 | "EIGHT BRIDGES" 2015 takes "Music. Politics?" as its theme, asking whether and to what extent new music has a political stance or is even itself a political act. Works by composers such as Louis Andriessen offer ample material for this lively controversy.

Program:

Louis Andriessen: M is for Man, Music, Mozart (1991), Tapdance (2013), La Passione (2002)

Malika Kishino: Heliodor (Geschenk der Sonne) (2015) (premiere)

Tickets: order here 

Information in English
Information in German

INDUSTRY: preview on 11 April

New video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY coming out on Cantaloupe Music in spring 2015 - exact release date TBA!

Come out & CELEBRATE a live preview on Saturday 11 APRIL in Ostade A'dam. Video by Marcel Wierckx, sound design & recording by Frank van der Weij. GET TICKETS to AMERICAN WIZARDRY @ OSTADE A"DAM in AMSTERDAM

For now: a 30-second teaser... WATCH THE TRAILER OF INDUSTRY

AMERICAN WIZARDRY - APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER

10 & 11 April - AMERICAN WIZARDRY

GET TICKETS for 10 APRIL: AMERICAN WIZARDRY @ KORZO in THE HAGUE

GET TICKETS for 11 APRIL: AMERICAN WIZARDRY @ OSTADE A"DAM in AMSTERDAM

• 10 APRIL: DOUBLE BILL - AMERICAN WIZARDRY @ Korzo Theater, The Hague
Monica Germino & Frank van der Weij | Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble
• 11 APRIL: AMERICAN WIZARDRY - Monica Germino & Frank van der Weij @ Ostade A'dam, Amsterdam
• CELEBRATION! 11 APRIL: live preview of the new INDUSTRY video clip, to be released soon on Cantaloupe Music

More info: click to read the latest newsletter online

"...a tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity" - The Daily Telegraph (UK)

 

AMERICAN WIZARDRY 11 APRIL in AMSTERDAM

SATURDAY 11 APRIL, 20.30: OSTADE A'DAM, Amsterdam (NL)
AMERICAN WIZARDRY / Monica Germino: violin / voice / kick drums & Frank van der Weij: sound design
Plus: exclusive for Ostade A'dam! live preview of the new video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY to be released soon on Cantaloupe Music 
AMERICAN WIZARDRY explores the wizardry of transformation. This new program features American composers as the wizards working with Monica Germino and Frank van der Weij to transform sound and exploit new technologies. The show celebrates the intriguing collaboration of composer-performer-sound designer, with works for violin and sound design by Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, David Dramm, Annie Gosfield, Michael Gordon, and a world premiere by Molly Joyce. 
 
About the new video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY:
"...In her fiery performance of composer Michael Gordon's "tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity" [The Daily Telegraph], violinist Monica Germino revels in pushing the signal-processed limits of her instrument in collaboration with sound designer Frank van der Weij. Filmed and edited by video artist Marcel Wierckx, Industry captures a bold, futuristic and ultimately high-voltage vision of one of the most challenging works in new classical music."
This BRAND-NEW music video on Cantaloupe Music will be available soon for download through Cantaloupe Music and Bang on a Can, as well as all major online distributors.
Music: Michael Gordon. Video: Marcel Wierckx. Adapted violin: Monica Germino. Recording & sound design: Frank van der Weij.
 
The crisscrossing paths Frank and Monica have taken over the years have led to many an unexpected destination. Each new piece catapulted the duo into a next round of discoveries. Besides performing brilliant new works for violin and sound engineer, Monica and Frank aim to increase audience awareness of the thrilling 3-way collaboration of composer-performer-sound designer. The duo continues to document and share the working process with the audience through pre-recorded (audio or video) composer introductions preceding each piece. This additional layer unites the past with the present, and brings the composers into the forefront alongside the performers. The duo began recording composers in 2007, and the ever-expanding project has grown into a fascinating collection of composer insights.

AMERICAN WIZARDRY 10 & 11 APRIL

10 APRIL - DOUBLE BILL @ Korzo Theater in The Hague (NL)
20.30 AMERICAN WIZARDRY / Monica Germino (violin/voice/kick drums) and Frank van der Weij (sound design)
21.30 Six Views from the Edge / Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble
TICKETS for Korzo
 
11 APRIL, 20.30: OSTADE A'DAM, Amsterdam (NL)
AMERICAN WIZARDRY / Monica Germino & Frank van der Weij 
Plus: exclusive for Ostade A'dam! live preview of the new video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY to be released soon on Cantaloupe Music
GET TICKETS HERE

AMERICAN WIZARDRY explores the wizardry of transformation. American composers are the wizards working with Monica Germino (violin/voice/kick drums) and Frank van der Weij (sound design) to transform sound, execute unconventional feats and exploit new technologies.

The music: Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, David Dramm, Annie Gosfield, and a world premiere by Molly Joyce.
Plus, on 11 April only*: NEW RELEASE celebration & presentation of the video clip of Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY.
*NEW RELEASE: this BRAND-NEW music video on Cantaloupe Music will be available for exclusive download through Cantaloupe Music and Bang on a Can, as well as all major online distributors. Music: Michael Gordon. Video: Marcel Wierckx. Adapted violin: Monica Germino. Recording & sound design: Frank van der Weij.
 
The crisscrossing paths Frank and Monica have taken over the years have led to many an unexpected destination. Each new piece catapulted the duo into a next round of discoveries. Besides performing brilliant new works for violin and sound engineer, Monica and Frank aim to increase audience awareness of the thrilling 3-way collaboration of composer-performer-sound designer. The duo continues to document and share the working process with the audience through pre-recorded (audio or video) composer introductions preceding each piece. This additional layer unites the past with the present, and brings the composers into the forefront alongside the performers. The duo began recording composers in 2007, and the ever-expanding project has grown into a fascinating collection of composer insights.
 
10 April: Uitkrant (in Dutch)
11 April: Uitburo.nl (in Dutch)
 
photo: Elisabeth Melchior

Interview, NEC Alumni Profiles

NEC Alumni Profile Interview with Monica Germino, February 2015 

New England Conservatory Alumni Profiles: an in-depth look at a few of NEC alumni and their paths beyond NEC.

NEC: "...and what’s next on your schedule?"

MG: "...together with Marcel Wierckx and Frank van der Weij I’m finishing up a music video of my version for adapted violin of Michael Gordon’s ‘Industry’, to be released in April by Cantaloupe Music. AMERICAN WIZARDRY, a new show with my duo with sound engineer Frank van der Weij with new pieces for violin and sound design by American composers/wizards Molly Joyce, David Dramm, Missy Mazzoli, Annie Gosfield, Julia Wolfe. I’m also developing a show with my group ELECTRA called RACHE (‘Revenge’), featuring the stories of four women who murdered for revenge, that will premiere in the Dutch Opera Days in Rotterdam...." Continue reading

RACHE ('REVENGE') with ELECTRA

photo: Anne Reinke

ELECTRA is off to a flying start, rehearsing and developing the new show RACHE ('REVENGE'). Together with composer Boudewijn Tarenskeen, ELECTRA tells the tale of four murderesses whose motive was revenge: Elektra (Michaela Riener), Marianne Bachmeier (Susanna Borsch), Judith (Saskia Lankhoorn), and Kill Bill (Monica Germino).

VISIT our FACEBOOK PAGE
VISIT our RACHE SITE

Monica Germino: violin, voice
Michaela Riener: voice, bass drum/percussion
Susanna Borsch: recorders, voice
Saskia Lankhoorn: Hammond organ, Fender piano, synthesizer, piano, voice, percussion

A wonderful team of collaborators will join in: Paul Koek (advice/direction), Wende Snijders (advice), Marc Warning (scenography), Cecile Brommer (dramaturg)

Performance dates start 28 May 2015, premiering in the Dutch Opera Days, and run through spring 2016. Watch this space! 

2014-2015 tour of My Private Odyssey comes to a close

photo: Andreas J Etter

After 30 performances, the 2014-2015 tour of My Private Odyssey has come to a close. A spectacular collaboration with the extraordinary Club Guy & Roni, tanzmainz, composer David Dramm & composer/pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, (electric) violinist Monica Germino, and flutist Anne La Berge.

Some press below:

"...honest and extraordinarily modern. Magnificent." -Allgemeine Zeitung
5 stars, Theaterkrant.nl *****
"It's also refreshing to see musicians at work that are not just fantastic performers but also 
strong actors. The main merit of My Private Odyssey is the harmony between all of the media, 
dancers, musicians, and that orating, chain-smoking Albert Camus meets Alain Delon..."
"...the fabulous dance group Club Guy & Roni...through an explosion of dance and music they 
bring a scorching ode to Homer, while driven by Odyssey's monologue written by Van den Bosch.” 
-NRC Handelsblad

WATCH THE TRAILER

Text: Ko van den Bosch | Decor: Ascon de Nijs | Costumes: Slavna Martinovic | Sound: Martin Lambeek | Light: Wil Frikken | Dramaturgy: Veerle van Overloop | Visuals: WERC