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

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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

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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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VISIT our RACHE SITE
VISIT ELECTRA's SITE

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 

 

Dates
2015
18 January 2015

My Private Odyssey on tour until 5 February!

Next up: 1 FEBRUARY, 20.15 – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag - CLUB GUY & RONI - SOLD OUT

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

WATCH THE TRAILER

Click to read the latest newsletter online: My Private Odyssey

JANUARY:
7 JANUARY, 20.30 – My Private Odyssey – Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
9 JANUARY, 20.30 – My Private Odyssey – Schouwburg Ogterop Meppel, Meppel, (NL)
11 JANUARY, 19.30 – My Private Odyssey – Staatstheater Mainz (Germany)
14 JANUARY, 20.15 – My Private Odyssey – Theater Speelhuis, Helmond, (NL)
15 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Theater de Nieuwe Kolk, Assen, (NL)
16 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Rabotheater, Hengelo, (NL)
20 JANUARY, 19.30 – My Private Odyssey – Staatstheater Mainz (Germany)
22 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht, (NL)
23 JANUARY, 20.30 – My Private Odyssey – Toneelschuur, Haarlem, (NL)

FEBRUARY
1 FEBRUARY, 20.15 – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, (NL)
4 FEBRUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, (NL)
5 FEBRUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Schouwburg Amstelveen, Amstelveen, (NL)

My Private Odyssey is on tour through February 2015:  Click here for a complete list of tour dates

My Private Odyssey on tour in January

photo: Andreas J Etter; costumes by Slavna Martinovic 

Next up: 16 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Rabotheater, Hengelo, (NL) - CLUB GUY & RONI

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

WATCH THE TRAILER

Click to read the latest newsletter online: My Private Odyssey

JANUARY:
7 JANUARY, 20.30 – My Private Odyssey – Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
9 JANUARY, 20.30 – My Private Odyssey – Schouwburg Ogterop Meppel, Meppel, (NL)
11 JANUARY, 19.30 – My Private Odyssey – Staatstheater Mainz (Germany)
14 JANUARY, 20.15 – My Private Odyssey – Theater Speelhuis, Helmond, (NL)
15 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Theater de Nieuwe Kolk, Assen, (NL)
16 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Rabotheater, Hengelo, (NL)
20 JANUARY, 19.30 – My Private Odyssey – Staatstheater Mainz (Germany)
22 JANUARY, 20.00 – My Private Odyssey – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht, (NL)
23 JANUARY, 20.30 – My Private Odyssey – Toneelschuur, Haarlem, (NL)

FEBRUARY
1 FEBRUARY – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, (NL)
4 FEBRUARY – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, (NL)
5 FEBRUARY – My Private Odyssey – Schouwburg Amstelveen, Amstelveen, (NL)

My Private Odyssey is on tour through February 2015:  Click here for a complete list of tour dates

My Private Odyssey on tour

photo: Andreas J Etter; costumes by Slavna Martinovic 

7 january, 20.30

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden (NL): CLUB GUY & RONI

Click to read the latest newsletter online: My Private Odyssey

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

WATCH THE TRAILER

My Private Odyssey is on tour through February 2015: See below or Click here for a complete list of tour dates

7 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, (NL)
9 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Schouwburg Ogterop Meppel, Meppel, (NL)
11 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Staatstheater Mainz, Mainz (Germany)
14 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Theater Speelhuis, Helmond, (NL)
15 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Theater de Nieuwe Kolk, Assen, (NL)
16 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Rabotheater, Hengelo, (NL)
20 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Staatstheater Mainz, Mainz (Germany)
22 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht, (NL)
23 JANUARY – My Private Odyssey – Toneelschuur, Haarlem, (NL)

FEBRUARY
1 FEBRUARY – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, (NL)
4 FEBRUARY – My Private Odyssey – Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, (NL)
5 FEBRUARY – My Private Odyssey – Schouwburg Amstelveen, Amstelveen, (NL)