MUTED in The Hague - Rotterdam - Amsterdam

photo: Jan Gates

MUTED A collective work by 4 composers for violin, voice, whisperviolin, frame violins, a multitude of mutes, and light design

Friday 17 May, 20.00
venue: Korzo Theater, The Hague       

Saturday 18 May, 16.00 
venue: AVL Mundo, Rotterdam; produced by Neil Wallace & de Doelen. ROAM - Rotterdam Art Music Festival, Classical Next 2019
tickets here
 
Saturday 25 May, Amsterdam, 15.00 & 17.00
venue: Kleine zaal, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Andriessen Festival, Amsterdam
15.00 tickets here 
 
Composers: Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Stage design & lighting: Floriaan Ganzevoort
Text: excerpts from Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis
 
MUTED was co-commissioned by De Doelen Rotterdam (executive producer), Music on Main Vancouver, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Oranjewoud Festival
with the support of Dutch Performing Arts
 
What’s in a decibel? - read the backstory about MUTED 

MUTED receives rave reviews
"...'Muted' may be the quietest piece ever written for violin, but it was riveting in this intimately powerful performance." The New York Times 
—Anthony Tommasini, CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK, Oct. 9, 2018

Diagnosis sends violin star Monica Germino in search of softer sounds at PuSh fest
The Georgia Straight (Vancouver CA)

Top of the list: MUTED took first place in The New York Times 
6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

More from The New York Times:
The violinist Monica Germino in "Muted," presented by the Philharmonic at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.CreditHiroyuki Ito for The New York Times
The violinist Monica Germino in "Muted," presented by the Philharmonic at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
Credit Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

"...the impressive and courageous violinist Monica Germino gave the American premiere of “Muted,” a 40-minute, musical-theatrical work written for her by four composers: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Louis Andriessen. Ms. Germino was a champion of contemporary music, including experimental works with percussion and electronics, when, a few years ago, she was diagnosed with a hearing condition that rendered her extremely sensitive to sound. She must avoid exposure to high volume of any kind. 'Muted' was the response of four composer colleagues. The piece involves ..." READ MORE


The Wall Street Journal - Philharmonic Dials Down Music to a ‘Whisper’ 
—Charles Passy. Oct. 6, 2018
A violinist with a sensitivity to sound will perform ‘Muted,’ a special, quieter piece for audiences in Brooklyn
Violinist Monica Germino performs on a frame violin, which is quieter than a traditional violin, at New York’s Lincoln Center. Photo: Peter Foley for The Wall Street Journal
Violinist Monica Germino performs on a frame violin, which is quieter than a traditional violin, at New York’s Lincoln Center. 
Photo: Peter Foley for The Wall Street Journal

A caveat: the audio in the video segment is louder than in performance
"The composers involved explain that “Muted” isn’t necessarily difficult for audiences to hear. [Michael] Gordon said concertgoers just need to pay closer attention. He likens it to stepping into a dimly lit room and adjusting your eyes until you can see clearly once again..." READ MORE

UK premiere of MUTED at hcmf//

23 November at hcmf// (2 performances)
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
info: performance at 14.00 
info: performance at 16.00
venue: Huddersfield Town Hall; Huddersfield, UK
 
MUTED is a collective work by 4 composers for violin, voice, whisperviolin, frame violins, a multitude of mutes, and light design
Stage design & lighting: Floriaan Ganzevoort
Associate Light Designer: Isabel Nielen 
Text: excerpts from Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis

Newsflash: US PREMIERE of MUTED received rave reviews
"...'Muted' may be the quietest piece ever written for violin, but it was riveting in this intimately powerful performance." The New York Times 
—Anthony Tommasini, CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK, Oct. 9, 2018

Top of the list: MUTED took first place in The New York Times 
6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

More from The New York Times:
The violinist Monica Germino in "Muted," presented by the Philharmonic at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.CreditHiroyuki Ito for The New York Times
The violinist Monica Germino in "Muted," presented by the Philharmonic at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
Credit Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

"...the impressive and courageous violinist Monica Germino gave the American premiere of “Muted,” a 40-minute, musical-theatrical work written for her by four composers: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Louis Andriessen. Ms. Germino was a champion of contemporary music, including experimental works with percussion and electronics, when, a few years ago, she was diagnosed with a hearing condition that rendered her extremely sensitive to sound. She must avoid exposure to high volume of any kind. 'Muted' was the response of four composer colleagues. The piece involves ..." READ MORE


The Wall Street Journal - Philharmonic Dials Down Music to a ‘Whisper’ 
—Charles Passy. Oct. 6, 2018
A violinist with a sensitivity to sound will perform ‘Muted,’ a special, quieter piece for audiences in Brooklyn
Violinist Monica Germino performs on a frame violin, which is quieter than a traditional violin, at New York’s Lincoln Center. Photo: Peter Foley for The Wall Street Journal
Violinist Monica Germino performs on a frame violin, which is quieter than a traditional violin, at New York’s Lincoln Center. 
Photo: Peter Foley for The Wall Street Journal

A caveat: the audio in the video segment is louder than in performance
"The composers involved explain that “Muted” isn’t necessarily difficult for audiences to hear. [Michael] Gordon said concertgoers just need to pay closer attention. He likens it to stepping into a dimly lit room and adjusting your eyes until you can see clearly once again..." READ MORE


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