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     plugged & unplugged
      Monica Germino: violin, electric violin, adapted acoustic violin

                              Frank van der Weij: sound

One of Europe’s most adventurous violinists, Amsterdam artist MONICA
GERMINO presents her new solo programme: plugged & unplugged

for violin, electric violin, adapted acoustic violin, voice, soundtrack, effects,
movement, film, installations

‘Her virtuosity was exhilarating…’
                       – The Sunday Times (UK)

With her custom-made electric violin, opening the new Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam
and performing brand new works by the world's top composers, Monica Germino is at
the forefront of bringing the violin into the 21st Century. Her 65-minute programme
includes pieces by PHILIP GLASS, J.S. BACH, JACOBTV, and HEINER GOEBBELS. Her
mastery of the technique of singing and playing simultaneously can be heard in the
works of LOUIS ANDRIESSEN, NICHOLAS BROWN, and NICK WILLIAMS. The show ends
with Industry, the famed piece by Bang on a Can founder MICHAEL GORDON. The composers
themselves introduce their works. Whether it’s building an extreme scordatura adapted violin
and running it through a growling octave displacement machine, waging a battle with
relentless samples, or mastering the technique of singing and playing simultaneously, Monica
Germino is challenging any preconceived notions about what exactly a violin recital should be.

Originally from the United States and now based in Amsterdam, Germino regularly premieres
new music all over the globe. The list of composers who have written for her reads like a
veritable “Who’s Who”, and her interdisciplinary projects with Europe’s leading choreographers
and theatre companies have brought her to the stage for countless dance and theatre projects.



‘…the dazzling violinist Monica Germino…’
                          – The Observer (UK)



                                       Bookings:
                  Iris Haeck, On Stage Artists & Concert Management
                                    Herengracht 390
                                  1016 CJ Amsterdam
                            Tel + Fax: +31 (0) 20 320 2735
                                Email: onstage@wxs.nl
                               monicagermino@mac.com
                             monica germino

Monica Germino’s newest solo show plugged & unplugged in the press
-for more press information: www.monicagermino.com

The Sunday Times (UK):
“Her virtuosity was exhilarating”

“...American-born, Netherlands-based, she is a young, striking presence
whose recital was an integrated mixed-media event. Her “appearance”
was a large part of the point. Dark-haired and dressed in stylish black, she
was a focus of attention not only on the platform, on which she moved
around a good deal, spending time fixing her electronics, but on film (in
the composer Nicholas Brown’s The Bravery of Women). Her every
movement, every grin, was theatre, and when she was preparing the next
piece, a commentary by the composers (often mentioning her) was heard
on tape.”
Entertainment Times Online / Live Review


The Observer (UK):
“...Huddersfield's real stars are its performers, as further demonstrated by
the dazzling violinist Monica Germino... she and other virtuosi outshone
the massed ranks of composers...’
Observer / Guardian Review


The Daily Telegraph (UK):
‘Monica Germino, a vividly personable player on the electric and "normal"
violin, works with a sound engineer to transform her violin at one moment
into a colossally deep double bass, the next into a wailing electric guitar.
But she played "real" pieces of music, including a Bach Sarabande
alongside a post-modern Sarabande by Louis Andriessen, and Industry by
the American composer Michael Gordon, a tour-de-force of slowly rising
intensity.’
‘...musicians and "players" of electronic gear simply coming together to
make music - the results were often entrancing.’
Telegraph Review

The Times (UK):
[In] the rest of her clever, enjoyable programme [plugged & unplugged,]
Bach shook hands with gutsy display pieces by Louis Andriessen and
Heiner Goebbels and the curdled harmonies and screeches of Michael
Gordon’s Industry.’
Entertainment Times Online / Live Review
The Sunday Times
The Daily Telegraph                                               page 1 of 2
Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music: Music Lives in Everything
Ivan Hewett reviews a mixture of experimental and traditional sounds at
the Huddersfield Festival
Anyone who walks around the rainy and wind-swept streets of
Huddersfield over the coming week will see a strange sight-people walking
very slowly about the streets with headphones, stopping now and then in
front of a cash point or a traffic light with a bemused look on their faces.
They're listening to the electromagnetic landscape created by
Huddersfield's wiring - mobile phone masts, cash points and so on-as
captured in an installation by the German sound-artist Christina Kubisch.
The installation is part of the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music,
which aims to show that "Music Lives in Everything" - even in vegetables,
which later this week will be "played" by the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra,
and afterwards made into a soup to be drunk by the audience.
Graham McKenzie, the festival's director, wants to free us from our
normal habits of listening, and open our ears to different ways of making
music. That doesn't mean instruments are banned. In fact, Huddersfield is
swarming with musicians from all over the world, playing things that are
recognisably instruments. But many of them work hard to extend the
boundaries of their instrument's "normal" sound world, taking it up to the
borders of noise.
On Saturday five members of the German group MusikFabrik played
Treatise, a famous piece of semi-improvised music from the 1960s by
Cornelius Cardew. The tuba player made extraordinary sounds like wind
through trees, the contra-bass clarinetist made a throaty growls that
carried a sense of something primeval.
At the opening extravaganza, the "Night of the Unexpected", we heard the
free improviser Evan Parker transform a saxophone into a machine that
poured out polyphonic tangles of sound. At the same event, we heard an
entrancing improvised performance from Ko Ishikawa, performer of the
Japanese sho or mouth-organ. He performed together with sound-mixer
Rhodri Davies, who took his sounds and transformed them electronically.
They were seated like two celebrants at a ritual, the sounds burgeoning
and fading with meditative slowness.
All this might suggest that music as we normally understand it is utterly
banished at the Huddersfield Festival. But what became clear over the
first weekend is that musicality of the old sort lives quite happily alongside
the new.
Monica Germino, a vividly personable player on the electric and
"normal" violin, works with a sound engineer to transform her
violin at one moment into a colossally deep double bass, the next
into a wailing electric guitar. But she played "real" pieces of
music, including a Bach sarabande alongside a post-modern
Sarabande by Louis Andriessen, and Industry by the American
composer Michael Gordon, a tour-de-force of slowly rising
intensity.
                                                              page 2 of 2

Least noisy and most traditional in sound of the concerts were those from
visiting European ensembles. The oddly-named Imsomnio from the
Netherlands were amazingly impressive in terms of virtuosity and polish.
There were some delights among the new pieces, including a witty set of
miniatures from Dutch composer Robin de Raaff.
One thing the weekend proved is that the gap between traditional
composers who write scores and the experimentalists is not so great.
Cardew's Treatise seemed more traditionally "musical" than Rebecca
Saunders's new written-out piece Stirrings Still, also played by
MusikFabrik (and a lot more musically rewarding, too).

In general, where the experimental impulse came out in a politically
charged way, as in Yannis Kyriakides's immensely elaborate sound-and-
video piece The Queen is the Supreme Power in the Realm, the results
had a portentous but ultimately vacuous feel. Where the impulse was
innocent - musicians and "players" of electronic gear simply
coming together to make music - the results were often
entrancing.

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 19/11/2007

Until Nov 25. Information: 01484 430528, www.hcmf.co.uk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk
                               monica germino

   Monica Germino: violin, electric violin, adapted acoustic violin

                        Frank van der Weij: sound

                   programme: plugged & unplugged

   a solo programme for violin, electric violin, adapted acoustic violin, voice,
               soundtrack, effects, movement, film, installations

In her groundbreaking new solo program plugged & unplugged, Monica
Germino presents works for electric, acoustic, or her adapted acoustic
violin combined with an additional element: voice, soundtrack, effects,
samples, movement, film, or installation. Most of the works (will) have
been created especially for Germino. At the request of Bang On A Can
founder and composer Michael Gordon, Germino created the definitive
violin version of INDUSTRY, Gordon's phenomenal work for solo cello and
distortion. For the first time ever, this combination of adapted solo violin
and effects referred to in the press as 'elegant rock' (Trouw, NL) can be
heard in The Netherlands and abroad. Louis Andriessen dedicated
XENIA, a virtuoso new work for solo violin, to Germino. The piece ends
with a gripping movement titled 'Song', in which she simultaneously sings
and plays. She premiered XENIA at the opening of the 2005 Holland
Festival in the Concertgebouw, with a subsequent performance at the
opening of the new building for contemporary music, the Muziekgebouw
aan 't IJ in Amsterdam. In the brand-new BAGATELLEN for violin and
samples, Heiner Goebbels looks back at his earlier works such as
Befreiung, Red Run, Sampler suite, and Black on White. The piece
illustrates a dynamic relationship between an extroverted, virtuoso violin
solo part and a machine otherwise alien to chamber music: the sampler.
Jacob ter Veldhuis's SUITES OF LUX adds a soundtrack to mix with
Germino's 'Violectra'. The piece was originally written as a part of a large-
scale work of the same name by choreographer Nanine Linning, featuring
Germino performing live on stage with ten dancers from Scapino Ballet
Rotterdam. Written, composed and filmed by Nicholas Brown, THE
BRAVERY OF WOMEN is a trans-disciplinary paean to musical performance
that compares the act of practising the violin to the Egyptian legend of Isis
& Osiris. As Isis reunited the dismembered parts of Osiris's body, so the
violinist seeks to reassemble fragmented phrases from a sonata by JS
Bach. Philip Glass's STRUNG OUT amplifies the physical aspect of
performing from music by 'stringing out' the score throughout the
performance space. In Nick Williams’s HELL, the composer asks the
singing violinist to passionately declaim the visionary poet/artist William
Blake’s Proverbs of Hell over an unstoppable toccata-like violin part. An
adventurous foray into the brave new world of singing violinists, HELL is
astounding also in its yet-unheard of level of difficulty. Linking the pieces
together are short, pre-recorded interviews with the composers
introducing their work.
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                   Milestones: plugged & unplugged
2006
   !" recipient of a research grant from the FAPK, the Dutch Foundation
      for the Performing Arts, supporting the research into developing
      new techniques for the programme.
   !" premiere (Paradiso, Amsterdam) of the ‘definitive’ violin version of
      Michael Gordon’s Industry.
   !" worked with Heiner Goebbels on his substantial work Bagatellen
      for violin and sampler (Tomoko Mukaiyama), premiere October
      2006 (Grand Theater, Groningen). Live recording for NPS radio.

2007
  !" Created a partial version of Goebbels’ Bagatellen for violin solo,
     triggering the samples independently.
2006-07
  !" worked with UK composer/filmmaker Nicholas Brown on a
     film/installation piece in Oxford (UK) and Amsterdam (NL).

2007
  !" plugged & unplugged tour throughout Canada (Toronto, Montreal,
     Vancouver)
  !" Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival presented plugged &
     unplugged in the UK, to much critical acclaim.
  !" World premiere: Nick Williams’ HELL, for singing violinist.
  !" plugged & unplugged in Van Abbe Museum; Eindhoven (NL)

2008
  !" Bagatellen performances in Frankfurt & tours in The Netherlands
     and abroad, with Dance Group Guy & Roni.
  !" plugged & unplugged in De Pont Museum; Tilburg (NL)
  !" further performances of plugged & unplugged

A personal note about Michael Gordon’s Industry:
For years I have been fascinated with Michael Gordon's modern-day classic
piece, Industry (written in 1993, for solo cello and distortion). He translated his
vision of the cello as "an instrument made of steel and the size of a football field"
into sound. The piece has an incredibly slow, intense buildup and sounds nothing
like a classical solo string piece. It defies categorization. Michael asked me to
create the definitive violin version of Industry, and sent me the cello score. I
kept the score around and puzzled with it off and on for a couple of years. I
came up with a rather extreme solution: using an adapted, amplified, extreme
scordatura violin, plus octave machine and distortion. I worked closely with my
sound engineer Frank van der Weij to accomplish this feat. This combination of
adapted violin and effects has been referred in the press to as 'elegant rock'
(Trouw, NL) and ‘a tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity’ (Daily Telegraph, UK)
Many thanks to the FAPK, the Dutch Foundation for the Performing Arts, for
supporting the groundbreaking work I did in this area. –Monica Germino
                                     monica germino

Monica Germino: violin, electric violin, adapted acoustic violin

                                Frank van der Weij, sound

                                   plugged & unplugged
  a solo programme for violin, electric violin, adapted acoustic violin, voice, soundtrack,
                         effects, movement, film, installations


programme:

                                -introduction by Jacob ter Veldhuis-

Jacob ter Veldhuis: SUITES OF LUX (2004 /short version 2007)*
for electric violin & soundtrack

                              -introduction by Louis Andriessen-


J.S Bach: Sarabande, Partita II in d minor, BWV 1004 (1720)

Louis Andriessen: XENIA (2005)*
1. Sarabande
2. Caccia
3. Song

                              -introduction by Heiner Goebbels-

Heiner Goebbels: Part 6 from Bagatellen für Violine (1989-2006)*
for amplified violin with distortion and samples

                               -introduction by Nick Williams-

Nick Williams: HELL (2006)*
for violin/voice

                              -introduction by Nicholas Brown-


Nicholas Brown: The Bravery of Women (2006)*

                              -introduction by Michael Gordon-


Michael Gordon: INDUSTRY (1993)
version for adapted violin and electronics


*written for Monica Germino


this program is made possible with support from The Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten
(Foundation for the Performing Arts in The Netherlands)
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                                PROGRAMME NOTES

Jacob ter Veldhuis: SUITES OF LUX (2004) (Short version 2007)
SUITES OF LUX was written for choreographer Nanine Linning’s work bearing the same
name. The work was premiered and performed by the dancers of Scapino Ballet
Rotterdam and electric violinist Monica Germino. The large-scale work originally lasted
about 40 minutes, and involved Germino performing from memory while moving
amongst the dancers.

Louis Andriessen: XENIA (2005) 1. Sarabande; 2. Caccia; 3. Song
In 2005, Andriessen composed a solo violin work, XENIA, commissioned by the
Manchester International Violin Competition. The piece is dedicated to Monica Germino.
She first performed the work in the opening concert of the 2005 Holland Festival as part
of visual artist Anna Lange’s film installation Xenia I, II, III. XENIA consists of three
contrasting parts. Part I, Sarabande, is a slow movement, one of serene composure.
Caccia is the second part, quick in tempo: a chase. The poet Rimbaud’s words are in the
third part, Song. The piece also asks Germino to sing and play, a skill that she has
developed in recent years.
Text, XENIA: from Arthur Rimbaud's "Voyelles" (1871); translation by Louis Andriessen.
last stanza:
O, supreme Clarion full of alien piercings,
Silences crossed by Worlds and Angels:
--O, Omega, violet shining of Her Eyes!

Heiner Goebbels: Bagatellen für Violine und Sampler (1986-2006) refers to parts
of his earlier works, such as Befreiung, Red Run, Sampler Suite, and Black on White,
which - in the context of a larger ensemble - have often been written independently for
the virtuosic violin. Common to all of those pieces is the examination and friction with the
animate articulation of the sampler as an opponent. The piece illustrates a dynamic
relationship between an extroverted, virtuoso violin solo part and a confrontation with an
often-mechanical counterpart, a machine otherwise alien to chamber music: the sampler.

Nick Williams: HELL (2006) for violin/voice
HELL is a setting of the Proverbs of Hell from The Marriage of Heaven & Hell by the
visionary poet/artist William Blake (1757-1827). By considering the proverbs of a
country, Blake says, we can discover something of the character of the inhabitants. In
Blake's creative cosmology, Hell stands for energy and freedom of imagination, in
opposition to the deadening 'Thou Shalt Not' of conventional religious dogma. The music
has something of that energy ('Energy is Eternal Delight'), with the text being
passionately declaimed over an unstoppable toccata-like violin part. HELL was written
for, and is dedicated to, Monica Germino. -Nick Williams

Nicholas Brown: The Bravery of Women (2006)
Written, composed and filmed by Nicholas Brown, ‘The Bravery of Women’ is a trans-
disciplinary paean to musical performance that compares the act of practising the violin
to the Egyptian legend of Isis & Osiris. As Isis reunited the dismembered parts of Osiris's
body, so the violinist seeks to reassemble fragmented phrases from a sonata by JS Bach.

Michael Gordon: Industry (1993 / adapted violin version 2006)
Industry was originally written in 1993 for cello solo and distortion, and dedicated to
cellist Maya Beiser. At the request of Michael Gordon (American composer and founder of
Bang on a Can in New York), Monica Germino created a definitive violin version of his
modern-day classic work. The challenge of creating such a version ultimately resulted in
adapting an instrument solely for this piece. Germino performs on an adapted, amplified,
extreme scordatura acoustic violin together with a battery of effects.
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                        BIOGRAPHY Monica Germino

Violinist Monica Germino (USA/The Netherlands) has premiered numerous
works throughout the world. Highlights include appearances at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Holland Festival, Pontino
Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Queensland Biennial Festival, Grand Teton Music
Festival, MASS MoCA, Bergen International Festival, Ultima Festival,
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Germino
performs often as a soloist and chamber musician with contemporary ensembles
such as the Schönberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Orkest de Volharding,
MusikFabrik, Oslo Sinfonietta, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Remix
Ensemble, and London Sinfonietta.

In 1999, Germino joined forces in founding ELECTRA, an Amsterdam-based,
four-member modern music ensemble. A devoted advocate of contemporary
music, she has worked with a multitude of composers, including Louis
Andriessen, Martin Bresnick, John Cage, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, Jacob ter
Veldhuis, and Christian Wolff. As a soloist, Germino habitually performs new
works from memory. New pieces written recently for her include a solo violin
work and a double concerto by Louis Andriessen, and a work for violin and
sampler by Heiner Goebbels. Germino and singer Cristina Zavalloni premiered
Andriessen’s double concerto with subsequent performances worldwide, and
recorded several works on CD and DVD. Germino has recorded for Basta, BMOP,
and Attacca.

Interdisciplinary projects include collaborations with choreographers Nanine
Linning, Dylan Newcomb, and Betsy Torenbos, the dance companies NDT,
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Krisztina de Châtel, film director Hal Hartley,
singer Cristina Zavalloni, and theatre companies ZT Hollandia and Nieuw West.
Germino has led master classes and introduced new music in Vietnam, Canada,
the United States, and throughout Europe. She holds diplomas with honours from
New England Conservatory and Yale University, where she received the Charles
Ives Scholarship and the Yale Alumni Association Prize. Her principal teachers
were Syoko Aki, James Buswell, and the Tokyo String Quartet. After winning a
Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, she studied with Vera Beths at the Royal
Conservatory in The Hague, and is now based in Amsterdam.

Monica Germino is on the cutting edge of new music. Since 2003, when she
commissioned a custom-made 'Violectra,' she has been exploring the unlimited
possibilities for the electric violin. Germino also researches and performs new
works for singing and playing simultaneously, a skill that she developed in recent
years. Closely collaborating with composers on new works for the 'Violectra' and
for her acoustic violin, she has created innovative programs with a constantly
expanding, diverse repertoire. Germino plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin
from Cremona, anno 1802, on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde
Foundation. website: www.monicagermino.com
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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS

for more press information: www.monicagermino.com

Trouw (NL):
'As a magical central point, violinist Monica Germino leads the spectator
through the choreography... Germino's presence is inescapable. Her
electric violin sounds are truly bewitching.'

'Amplified violinist Monica Germino performed elegant rock by Michael
Gordon with power and precision...'

'The Second Violin Sonata of Charles Ives was brilliantly interpreted by
violinist Monica Germino...'

De Telegraph (NL):
'Jacob ter Veldhuis composed a solo for Monica Germino, who drew long,
plaintive tones and piercing outbursts from her powerfully amplified
electric violin, alongside a soundtrack of indefinable sounds...The violinist
is the central figure on stage. She breathes life into the dancers with her
notes and summons the memories in them to wake. She leads, inspires,
manipulates.'

The Independent (UK):
'...an astoundingly good performance (from London Sinfonietta and
director Oliver Knussen). Guest violinist Monica Germino excelled...'

Stringendo Magazine (Australia):
'American/Dutch violinist Monica Germino is a frighteningly-talented
young soloist...the Andriessen concert was sensational, Monica was
fabulous, and the performances that night were easily the highlight of the
festival.'

De Volkskrant (NL):
'...violinist Monica Germino delivered an outstanding performance with her
transparent solos and tender accompaniment figures...'

Dance Europe (UK):
‘The violinist Monica Germino performed the music on stage with much
passion, almost dancing her way through syncopated sections, and keeps
drawing near to the dancers... At the close of the piece she ends up alone
on stage, softly repeating the last notes of the music....’

The Observer (UK):
‘…Monica Germino's violin sometimes accompanies the voice in wild
obbligatos [and] at other moments moans darkly to itself’
                             monica germino

General-Anzeiger Bonn (Germany):
'...a moving machinery of percussion, two grand pianos, bass- and
contrabass clarinets agitates hearts... Cristina Zavalloni (voice) and
Monica Germino (violin) were the soloists who since the first performance
have performed the piece 'blind' - from memory - with supreme
conviction.'

Brisbane City Paper (Australia):
'We were treated to the first (Australian) performance of Passeggiata,
featuring Zavalloni's voice and the searing non-vibrato violin of Monica
Germino, crisscrossing big brush-stroke long notes with saxes and
brass...'

The Classical Source (UK):
'...the intertwining of charismatic violinist Monica Germino and 'chanteuse'
Cristina Zavalloni...'

Courier Mail (Australia):
'Impressive performance of violinist Monica Germino in Andriessen's
'Passeggiata...'

Financial Times (UK):
'...La Passione, a double concerto for amplified violin and
chanteuse...Monica Germino and Cristina Zavalloni were bewitching
interpreters.'

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (USA):
John Pitcher: Andriessen premiere passionate
'Violinist Monica Germino accompanied Zavalloni with effortless virtuosity,
shaping phrases that seemed like diabolic commentary on the singer's
words.'

Kolnische Rundschau (Germany):
'Monica Germino (violin) and Cristina Zavalloni (voice) were marvellous
soloists, and the ensemble MusikFabrik led by Stefan Asbury presented
itself in absolute top form.'

Rotterdams Dagblad (NL):
'Violinist Monica Germino performs Jacob ter Veldhuis' new score live and
moves like an eleventh dancer through the group. The amplified electric
violin music lures you into another world...'
'Dancers are lashed into action by violinist Monica Germino, who is always
on stage. She [Germino] resembles a kind of snake charmer, but then not
with a flute but rather with her electric violin...'
                              monica germino

               Additional information & contact details

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Artist Biography (in English and Dutch) & promotional images are also on
the website.

Germino works and tours with sound technician/producer Frank van der
Weij. A complete rider and technical support is available on request. The
three violins are all amplified, plus effects, singing, octave devices/pedals,
soundtracks, samples, & installation.


technical organization and tour management:
Frank van der Weij
Bloemgracht 183
1016 KN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel +(31) (0)20 623 5231
email: info@frankvanderweijstudio.nl
www.frankvanderweijstudio.nl


artist management:
Iris Haeck, On Stage Artists & Concert Management
Herengracht 390
1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)20 320 2735
email: onstage@wxs.nl


Monica Germino
Biesboschstraat 26-1
1078 MT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)20 679 7256
mobile: +31 (0)6 55 11 1236
email: monicagermino@mac.com
site: http://www.monicagermino.com

								
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