MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY in Almere

photo: Andreas J Etter; costumes by Slavna Martinovic 

FRIDAY 19 DECEMBER, 20.30 - Schouwburg AlmereCLUB GUY & RONI 

Click to read the latest newsletter online: My Private Odyssey in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

"...honest and extraordinarily modern. Magnificent." -Allgemeine Zeitung

& on tour through February 2015: Click here for a complete list of tour dates

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Newsletter - 'My Private Odyssey' in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

photo: Andreas J Etter; costumes by Slavna Martinovic 

Monday 15 December, 20.30 - Stadsschouwburg AmsterdamClub Guy & Roni 

Click to read the latest newsletter online: My Private Odyssey in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

"...honest and extraordinarily modern. Magnificent." -Allgemeine Zeitung

& on tour through February 2015: Click here for a complete list of tour dates

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MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY

photo, Andreas J. Etter

MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY premiered in October 2014 and is on tour in Germany and the Netherlands until February 2015.

Next stop: AMSTERDAM

Monday, 15 December, 20.30 

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

'My Private Odyssey' is a co-production with Club Guy & Roni, the German company tanzmainz, and the musical dream team of composer David Dramm, composer and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, violinist/electric violinist Monica Germino, and fluitist Anne La Berge. The three musicians are on stage with ten dancers, accompanied by the images of WERC video collective and a text by Ko van den Bosch (Alex d’Electrique, NNT).
‘The Odyssey’ still fascinates and inspires... read more
Also in the Netherlands in 2014:
Almere: Friday 19 December, 20.30 Schouwburg Almere
 
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MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY

MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY premiered in October 2014 and is on tour in Germany and the Netherlands until February 2015.
 
Next stops: 
THE NETHERLANDS:
Dordrecht: Thursday 27 November, 20.30 Energiehuis Dordrecht
Gouda: Wednesday 3 December, 20.00 Goudse Schouwburg
Amsterdam: Monday 15 December, 20.30 Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Almere: Friday 19 December, 20.30 Schouwburg Almere
 
and in MAINZ, GERMANY:
Sunday 7 December, 19.30 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
 
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'My Private Odyssey' is a co-production with Club Guy & Roni, the German company tanzmainz, and the musical dream team of composer David Dramm, composer and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, violinist/electric violinist Monica Germino, and fluitist Anne La Berge. The three musicians are on stage with ten dancers, accompanied by the images of WERC video collective and a text by Ko van den Bosch (Alex d’Electrique, NNT).
 
‘The Odyssey’ still fascinates and inspires... read more

MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY in Rotterdam

MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY on tour:
Next stop: Thursday, 6 November, 20.15 in ROTTERDAM
Venue, info & tickets: Rotterdamse Schouwburg
 
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On Thursday November 6th ‘My Private Odyssey’ arrives at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg
'My Private Odyssey' is a co-production with Club Guy & Roni, the German company tanzmainz, and the musical dream team of composer David Dramm, composer and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, violinist Monica Germino, and fluitist Anne La Berge. The three musicians are on stage with ten dancers, accompanied by the images of WERC video collective and a text by Ko van den Bosch (Alex d’Electrique, NNT).
 
‘The Odyssey’ still fascinates and inspires... read more

Sounds of Music Festival

October 25, 20.00

Sounds of Music Festival

venue: Grand Theatre Groningen (NL)

Premieres of new works by Missy MazzoliIan WilsonDavid Dramm

Monica Germino, violin/voice/kick drums | Missy Mazzoli, composer/piano | Fie Schouten, clarinet | Frank van der Weij, sound design

Missy MazzoliVespers for Violin (2014) (world premiere)
Ian WilsonSix Twenty-five a.m. for singing violinist and sound designer (2014) (world premiere)
Premiere of the concert version David Dramm's Hammerhead (2014) for violin and 2 kick drums
& more music by Missy Mazzoli.

NEWSLETTER

photo: Andreas J Etter. Dress rehearsal, My Private Odyssey. Costumes by Slavna Martinovic 

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My Private Odyssey

photo: Veerle van Overloop
 
MY PRIVATE ODYSSEY is a collaboration with Club Guy & Roni, tanzmainz, and the musical dream team: composer David Dramm & composer/pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama - performed live by Tomoko Mukaiyama, Monica Germino, Anne La Berge. 
TOUR DATES:
Premiere: 15 October 2014, Mainz, Germany
Dutch premiere, 23 October 2014, Groningen, the Netherlands.
The tour will follow, racing and looping between Germany and The Netherlands until February 2015.
 
Wed 15-10 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE) (PREMIERE)
Sat 18-10 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Thu 23-10 Stadsschouwburg | Groningen (NL PREMIERE)
Fri 24-10 Stadsschouwburg | Groningen
Mon 27-10 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Sun 02-11 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Thu 06-11 Rotterdamse Schouwburg | Rotterdam
Sun 09-11 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Sat 15-11 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Sat 22-11 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Thu 27-11 Energiehuis Dordrecht | Dordrecht
Wed 03-12 Goudse Schouwburg | Gouda
Sun 07-12 Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz (DE)
Thu 11-12 Schouwburg De Lawei | Drachten
Mon 15-12 Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam | Amsterdam
Fri 19-12 Schouwburg Almere | Almere
  Click here for complete list of tour dates
 
 
‘The Odyssey’ still fascinates and inspires... read more

MONICA GERMINO FEATURED IN STRINGS MAGAZINE

Strings Magazine: "5 Minutes With..." Monica Germino

MONICA GERMINO FEATURED IN SEPTEMBER 2014 EDITION OF STRINGS MAGAZINE

Behind the scenes: Monica talks about her work with sound designer Frank van der Weij, La Girò, and the concerts in the Washington, D.C. area Festival.

"Whether she was playing the violin, electric violin, adapted violin, whispering, talking, or singing, Germino conveyed her passion with tour de force virtuosity and burning vulnerability." 

"Violinist Monica Germino put her stamp on the Andriessen at 75 festival in and around Washington, DC, earlier this year with a violin concerto named after Vivaldi’s muse... and a violin recital in a charged environment of electronics, art installations, and images with punk-rock bassist/ turned-sound-designer Frank van der Weij. Armed with a Joannes Baptista Ceruti (Cremona, 1802), on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, and a custom-made electric “violectra,” the Amsterdam-based American/Dutch musician played a major role...READ MORE

—Laurence Vittes   

Subscribers can click here to read the digital edition.

13 August 2014

WQXR Radio, Q2 Music: LA GIRÒ

Q2 Music. Living Music. Living Composers.

LISTEN HERE: On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' on the Edge at Shenandoah Conservatory

RECORDED LIVE AT ARMSTRONG CONCERT HALL ON APRIL 12, 2014

New York Public Radio/WQXR; produced by Alex Ambrose for Q2

Friday, July 11 at 11 am ET, Phil Kline highlights composers Derek Bermel and Ruby Fulton, whose music was performed alongside Louis Andriessen for the penultimate concert, titled "La Girò," of the celebratory "Andriessen 75" festival held in Washington, D.C. The EDGE Ensemble, with composer David T. Little as artistic director, the Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble directed by Damon Talley and violinist Monica Germino performed the program at the Armstrong Concert Hall at Shenandoah Conservatory on April 12. 

The second half of the program featured Andriessen's own music—Bells for Haarlem, Hout, and La Girò, which included Monica Germino as the violin/voice soloist and sound designer Frank van der Weij. 

Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues, and is programmed by Q2 Music's Producer, Alex Ambrose. Visit Q2 Music 


Monica Germino, violin/voice, EDGE Ensemble in Louis Andriessen's violin concerto La Girò. Damon Talley, conductor.
music by Louis Andriessen, Derek Bermel, Ruby Fulton, Alexandra Gardner. Concert curated by David T. Little. Part of the inaugural season of Shenandoah New Music.

The festival was developed and curated by Armando Bayolo, founder of the Great Noise Ensemble and new-music curator at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

READ AND WATCH: The Washington Post's Preview about the Festival

WQXR Radio, Q2 Music: Roadmaps & Diaries II

Roadmaps and Diaries II: Monica Germino, violin/voice, Frank van der Weij, sound design

LISTEN HERE: On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Pushes the Violin Envelope

RECORDED LIVE AT ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ON APRIL 7, 2014

New York Public Radio/WQXR; produced by Alex Ambrose for Q2

Tuesday, July 8 at 11 am ET, Phil Kline continues his presentation of the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C. with a concert titled "Roadmaps and Diaries II." The performance features solo violin music that blurs the line between the acoustic and electric featuring works by Louis Andriessen and kindred spirits – including a few former students – Julia Wolfe, Kate Moore, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy. The program was performed by Monica Germino and sound-designed by Frank van der Weij.

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Overstrung for violin and tape opened the program. Written specifically for Germino, the music is built largely on the overtone series and harmonics. Next came the world premiere of Dolorosa, a song for violin and augmented voice by Australian composer Kate Moore. The American premiere of with a blue dress on by Bang on a Can's Julia Wolfe came next, followed by Andriessen's piece Xenia, a wailing, pitch-bending work with a voice part. The performance closed with Michael Gordon's overdriven Industry originally written for amplified cello, a work that seems to distort and warp as it happens.

Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues, and is programmed by Q2 Music's Producer, Alex Ambrose. Visit Q2 Music

WQXR Radio, Q2 Music: TRIO

TRIO: vocalist Cristina Zavalloni, violinist Monica Germino, pianist Andrea Rebaudengo

LISTEN HERE: On-Demand Audio: John, Paul and Igor Visit 'Andriessen 75'

RECORDED LIVE AT THE MANSION AT STRATHMORE ON APRIL 8, 2014

New York Public Radio/WQXR; produced by Alex Ambrose for Q2

Tuesday, July 12 at 12 pm ET, Phil Kline presents an eclectic collection of music at the "Andriessen 75" festival as performed by vocalist Cristina Zavalloni, violinist Monica Germino and pianist Andrea Rebaudengo. With a wide range of Andriessen's works along with Stravinsky, Cage and influences from Paul McCartney and John Lennon, the concert took place at The Mansion at Strathmore in Washington, D.C. on April 8.

As a part of the celebration of the Dutch composer's life and work, the musicians played seven pieces by Louis Andriessen: Letter from Cathy, Base, Beatles Songs (satirical arrangements of four Beatles Songs), Xenia, Fanfara Inclinata, Le Voile du Bonheur, and Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno, many of them composed in the 21st century. Igor Stravinsky's The Owl and the Pussycat, a twelve-tone piece based setting Edward Lear's poem of the same name, was also performed, as well as John Cage's Six Melodies for violin and piano.

Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues, and is programmed by Q2 Music's Producer, Alex Ambrose. Visit Q2 Music

CD RELEASE: SOLOS FOR VIRTUOSI

NEW CD out!

Louis Andriessen – Solos for Virtuosi

4 star review in De Volkskrant: read more (in Dutch)

"...15 solo pieces released on the Attacca label...the musical level is high across the board, but a highlight is Xenia, performed by the singing violinist Monica Germino."
- Frits van der Waa, 4 June, 2014

To order the CD: Bruno Klassiek

Read more: Attacca Records

The CD includes Monica Germino performing the original version of Xenia (2005), heard on this CD not in its later, substantially edited appearance, but in the version in which it is part of a cinematographical installation by Anna Lange, premiering at the opening of the Holland Festival 2005.

The track list contains a dizzying amount of performers and works, ranging from Triplum (1962) to The starting plank (2008).

TRIO: Zavalloni Germino Rebaudengo

photo by Barbara Rigon

May 17, 21.30
Angelica Festival, Centro di Ricerca Musicale / Teatro San Leonardo
Bologna, Italy

TRIO: Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Monica Germino, violin; Andrea Rebaudengo, piano
music by Louis Andriessen, Cristina Zavalloni/Louis Andriessen

Russian wikipedia

Жермино,_Моника ...Monica Germino on Russian wikipedia!

LA PASSIONE in amsterdam

May 8, 20.30: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

Alfredo Casella Pupazzetti (bew. Louis Andriessen, 2002-2003)
Louis Andriessen Dances (1991)
Louis Andriessen La Passione (2001-2002)
Cristina Zavalloni, voice & Monica Germino, violin
Asko|Schönberg, Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor

CD presentation: Solos for Virtuosi
Release date: 8 May 2014
This CD of solo works by Louis Andriessen includes Monica Germino's recording of XENIA, a piece for ‘violinist who sings,' in its original 2005 version.

Interview: Classical TV

CLASSICAL TV, April 2014

"Germino and La Giro" : interview about La Girò

AN EXCHANGE WITH MONICA GERMINO

CTV: Louis Andriessen wrote this marvelous concerto for you. Can you tell us a bit about how you and the composer came to know each other and then how he created this work for you?

MG: "La Girò is a dramatic piece with many elements at play - storytelling, a nightmare, singing and playing, even shrieking and whispering. The piece took certain twists and turns as a direct result of a long and treasured collaboration...." click here to read more about La Girò


Hear La Girò live:
April 12, 8 PM
Armstrong Concert Hall, Shenandoah Conservatory
Winchester, VA (USA)

Monica Germino, violin/voice; EDGE Ensemble; Damon Talley, conductor. Frank van der Weij, sound
music by Louis Andriessen, Derek Bermel, Ruby Fulton, Alexandra Gardner. Series curated by David T. Little. Part of the inaugural season of Shenandoah New Music.

more info / tickets for April 12

USA concerts

pictured: Monica Germino and Frank van der Weij. photo credit: Elisabeth Melchior

6 - 13 April 2014, Washington D.C. area: Louis Andriessen Festival

an initiative of Armando Bayolo/Great Noise Ensemble, the Strathmore, Shenandoah Conservatory & University


7 April, 8 PM, Atlas Performing Arts Center

Frank van der Weij and Monica Germino present ROADMAPS & DIARIES II
music by Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Donnacha Dennehy & a world premiere by Kate Moore
Get tickets here

Washington City Paper, Best of DC
Caroline Jones, Arts Desk: ToDo ToDay: “Roadmaps and Diaries II”

"Despite her degrees from Yale and the New England Conservatory, classically trained violinist Monica Germino wasn’t content performing centuries-old orchestral works. So, like Dylan at Newport in 1965, she went electric, commissioning her own model of electric violin and working with experimental Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Tonight at Atlas, she’ll present “Road Maps and Diaries II,” a program that started as a one-night showcase of new music, improvisation, and installations with frequent collaborator (and fellow Netherlander) Frank van der Weij and has evolved into a touring production of unconventional performance and feats of sound design. Monica Germino and Frank van der Weij perform at 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20–$28.50. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org.

The Washington Post, GoingOutMusic

Roadmaps & Diaries II
Classical
Sound designer Frank van der Weij joins violinist, vocalist Monica Germino in a concert that features "electroacoustic innovations" of compositions by Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and more. Part of Andriessen75. At the Lang Theatre.

Broadwayworld.com, Classical Music News Desk, Monday, April 7 (8:00 PM): ROADMAPS & DIARIES II (Washington, D.C.)

"Monica Germino (violin) and Frank van der Weij (sound design), Amsterdam-based collaborators whose paths have intertwined with Andriessen's for decades, perform a revolutionary take on the solo violin recital in a raucous and reflective evening for violin, electric violin, adapted violin, voice, electronics, installations, images, & sound design. ROADMAPS & DIARIES began as a single show in Amsterdam and has evolved into an ever-changing tour..."
"This presentation features Andriessen's XENIA, a three-movement piece for violin and voice, Julia Wolfe's with a blue dress on, Michael Gordon's INDUSTRY for adapted violin and electronics (2008), and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Overstrung (2010). Presented by Atlas Performing Arts Center."


8 April, 7:30 PM, The Mansion at Strathmore

Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Monica Germino, violin; Andrea Rebaudengo, piano music by Louis Andriessen, John Cage & Igor Stravinsky


12 April, 8 PM, Armstrong Concert Hall, Shenandoah Conservatory

Monica Germino, violin/voice, EDGE Ensemble in Louis Andriessen's violin concerto La Girò. Damon Talley, conductor.
music by Louis Andriessen, Derek Bermel, Ruby Fulton, Alexandra Gardner. Concert curated by David T. Little. Part of the inaugural season of *Shenandoah New Music.***
Get tickets here


Check out the entire festival for a range of great concerts, including Andriessen's La Commedia on 6 April & Bang on a Can on 11 April

READ AND WATCH: The Washington Post's Preview about the Festival

De Link

photo: Monica and Frank van der Weij in the studio. Photographer: Elisabeth Melchior

25 March 2014, 20:30

Monica Germino, violin/voice, Frank van der Weij, sound design
music by Donnacha Dennehy, Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe

Series: DE LINK in Het Cenakel
Double bill with percussionist Ramon Lormans
Presented by a great advocate of new music in the Netherlands: De Link
Venue: Het Cenakel, Tilburg (NL)

2014
News
7 February 2014

Newsletter

Click here for the latest newsletter: Events, collaborations, and more!

A few highlights:

Duo Monica Germino & Frank van der Weij: featured in the New York Times, The Strad, and SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL's Best Musical Events of 2013.

News about Julia Wolfe's US premiere

April 2014: Andriessen Festival in Washington, D.C.

New collaboration with Kate Moore

May 2014: Amsterdam & Angelica Festival (Italy)

DVD RELEASE: Robert Zuidam's BOSCH REQUIEM

February 2014: in residence at the Boston Conservatory

2014
USA
Dates
21 January 2014

New Music Festival, Boston Conservatory

February 3-9, 2014: New Music Festival, Boston Conservatory (USA)

Guest artist in residence at The Boston Conservatory, teaching and performing with faculty and students.

Please see the Boston Conservatory website for more details about concerts, classes and seminars.

Held annually, The Boston Conservatory New Music Festival is a multi-day celebration of music’s evolution throughout the ages and is dedicated to recognizing exceptional compositions by modern composers. This year’s festival honors Louis Andriessen by performing 35 of his works over four days, including La Girò, which Andriessen wrote in 2011 for Monica Germino and which she will perform for the first time ever in Boston.

52fdfaf907e79f00020000e3 pictured: Eric Hewitt, Monica Germino, Boston Conservatory Orchestra. photo: Eric Antoniou

Concerts:

Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. – Ensemble and Solo Works

Guest artists Monica Germino (violin) and Tony Arnold (voice) join Samuel Z. Solomon and The Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble to perform small ensemble and solo works of Andriessen, including Bells for Haarlem, Xenia, Image de Moreau, Zilver, Hout, Passeggiata in Tram in America e Ritorno, and more.

Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m. – Chamber and Electronic Music

The Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet and Conservatory voice, dance and saxophone students perform Andriessen’s Tuin van Eros, In Memoriam, Woodpecker and Facing Death, along with Stravinksy’s Three Pieces for String Quartet and The Owl and the Pussycat.

Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. – De Staat/La Girò

Guest soloist Monica Germino (violin) performs Andriessen’s La Girò with The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and The Boston Conservatory New Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Eric Hewitt.

Sunday, February 9 at 8 p.m. – The Memory of Roses

works from The Memory of Roses, plus Letter from Cathy. The Boston Conservatory Chorale, along with students, faculty and guests of The Boston Conservatory

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL: Best Musical Events of 2013

photo: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

Our Reviewers’ Choices for Best Musical Events of 2013

Monica Germino and Frank van der Weij in SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL's top picks for 2013.

"In a program for violin and electronics at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Amsterdam-based Monica Germino showed the power of savvy programming, with Frank van der Weij using technology about as perfectly as it gets (June 13)."
-Bruce Hodges

The show included US premieres by David Dramm, Karlheinz Essl, Annie Gosfied, and Arnoud Noordegraaf, plus works by Louis Andriessen and Donnacha Dennehy. The composers introduced their pieces in short video clips.

Click here to read more about the top 2013 choices!


& check out Bruce Hodge's complete review of the show in the September issue of The Strad magazine

The Strad: Sophistication and showmanship
- by Bruce Hodges

"…Monica Germino gave a veritable masterclass on the use of violin and electronics, packed with sophistication and showmanship."

"a violinist who leaves no elements to chance"

"electronics wizard Frank van der Weij"

click here for the complete review

2014
Press
Zuidam
10 January 2014

DVD RELEASE

DVD RELEASE! Robert Zuidam's BOSCH REQUIEM at the NOVEMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Watch online: NTR (Dutch National Television)

Watch clip: Agnus Dei

BOSCH REQUIEM 2013: Order the DVD here

info: Bosch500.nl


PRESS ABOUT ROB ZUIDAM's BOSCH REQUIEM:

NRC Handelsblad (NL): 

by Frits van der Waa

  • "The Dies Irae was a stunning rock solo by electric violinist Monica Germino..."

De Volkskrant (NL):

"...as if Jimmy Page or another past guitar God appeared..."

Muziek van Nu (NL)

"...violinist Monica Germino embraced the role of the Grim Reaper...together with her lacerating electric violin, she gave a demonic impression of the Day of Vengeance."