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.” 

 

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

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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WATCH THE TRAILER

"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

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

 

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

New York

Monica Germino, violin/electric violin/voice
Frank van der Weij, sound design

US premieres at the ACFNY: David Dramm, Karlheinz Essl, Annie Gosfied, Arnoud Noordegraaf
BANG ON A CAN MARATHON: US premiere Julia Wolfe's With a blue dress on 52dfbbecacec640002000054

June 13, 7:30 PM

DEVIATION, a program for violinist and sound designer, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

June 14, 2 PM

Workshop with Julia Wolfe, Austrian Cultural Forum

June 16, 1-10 PM

Bang on a Can Marathon, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts


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"Monica Germino Puts Electronics and Violin Together, and Myriad Sounds Ensue" - by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 16 June 2013

click for complete review

'...an arresting duality of sound and image...psychologically dark and unsettling...earthy and sharp pizzicati...snapping brain synapses...tapped, stomped, played, hummed and sang...a gloriously free and wild fiddle tantrum…virtuosity and mischief-making...digitally processed harmonics...emotional highlight...sonic mayhem...astonishingly rich...virtuosic violin line...rock ’n’ roll moment...binary fire-engine siren...constantly changing sonic environment...juicy double-stopped glissandi...electronic fireworks...affecting vulnerability…'


The New York Times: click here for entire event listing

Events»Classical & Opera
Monica Germino and Frank van der Weij
The Dutch duo of the violinist Monica Germino and the sound engineer Frank van der Weij present a multimedia program of contemporary works for solo violin and electronics by the composers Karlheinz Essl, Louis Andriessen and more.


TimeOut New York: Critic's pick

"This very enticing free program brings together two trailblazing Holland-based musicians, violinist Monica Germino and punk-rock bassist turned sound designer Frank van der Weij, for electroacoustic innovations composed by Louis Andriessen, Annie Gosfield, Donnacha Dennehy and others. You'll need a reservation, and you can make one at acfny.org." click here for TimeOut listing


SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL

Reviewers’ Choices for Best Musical Events of 2013

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"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."


The Strad Magazine

Sophistication and showmanship - by Bruce Hodges

click for complete review:

"…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"


US premiere of Julia Wolfe's With a blue dress on at the 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon

Frank van der Weij and I were thrilled to give the US premiere of Julia Wolfe's relentless and ravishing 'With a blue dress on' - for live violin/voice, 4 prerecorded violins & 4 prerecorded voices, performed by one player & one sound designer.

The piece was described by The New York Times as "...a gloriously free and wild fiddle tantrum in which virtuosity and mischief-making went hand in hand."

Chris McGovern, in his wonderful blog The Glass, honored me with comparisons to some of my favorite violinists out there:

"Performing the US Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s “With a blue dress on”, violinist Monica Germino basically reminded me of something that combines the homegrown primal music of Iva Bittova with the electro-acoustics of Todd Reynolds or Neil Dufallo. An amazing tour de force of progressive fiddling and paraphrasing."

Rob Deemer listed us as a highlight as well in his blow-by-blow BANG ON A CAN MARATHON 2013 LIVE BLOG on newmusicbox.org:

"...the beautiful solo violin performance of Monica Germino. I’ve seen a fair helping of works for solo instrument and electronics, but Julia Wolfe’s With a blue dress on may be my new favorite…a major work for solo violin (expecting the violinist to sing)…" "Germino was awe-inspiring in her performance of the work and the sound design by Frank van der Weij was just right…definitely one of the highlights of the concert so far."

more about the Marathon: broadwayworld.com

Watch a fragment of the Bang on a Can Marathon performance here!


Dutch Performing Arts events: click here to read more

"As part of the New York River to River Festival, violinist Monica Germino, based in Amsterdam, is coming to New York to perform as part of the Bang on a Can Marathon, in the US premiere of Julia Wolfe’s piece, With a blue dress on. The Bang on a Can Marathon is a new music extravaganza, which has become an annual, not - to - be - missed event in New York and beyond since it was first held in 1987. Together with Dutch sound artist / engineer Frank van der Weij she will also perform and present a workshop at the Austria Cultural Forum New York." 5383bc754d0b0700020008a1 photo: Julia Wolfe and Monica Germino