monica germino- violin | electric violin | singing | & gear

  1. Trailer for the new INDUSTRY VIDEO CLIP, released in SPRING 2015 -- https://itun.es/i6LB3NM
    This brand-new music video on Cantaloupe Music is available on iTunes & will be available soon for download through Cantaloupe Music and all major online distributors.
    Music: Michael Gordon. Video: Marcel Wierckx. Modified violin: Monica Germino. Recording & sound design: 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."

    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 build-up 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 FPK, the Dutch Foundation for the Performing Arts, for supporting the groundbreaking work we did in this area. --Monica Germino

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  2. excerpt from INDUSTRY, by Michael Gordon. Version for adapted violin and effects; live in Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    -This was recorded through mixing desk- so, bit of a sound approximation here...therefore also the distortion & difference tones aren't really balanced within the sound. You'll have to come hear it live!
    UPDATE 3/2015: NEW INDUSTRY VIDEO TO BE RELEASED in 2015, available for exclusive download through Cantaloupe Music and Bang on a Can. Watch this space!
    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 build-up 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 we did in this area. --Monica Germino http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/11/19/bmhudd119.xml

    # vimeo.com/39296030 Uploaded
  3. excerpts from the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's La Girò, for violin and large ensemble. MITO Settembre Musica Festival - 5 September, 2011, Milan, Italy. Monica Germino, violin/voice; David Atherton, conductor; London Sinfonietta; Sound Intermedia

    Louis Andriessen's La Girò for violin and large ensemble features Monica Germino as soloist, and has a distinctly Italian theme as the composer explains: "When Enzo Restagno asked me to write a piece for this year's MITO Festival, I was honoured because in the early sixties I lived in Italy for a year, and ever since then I have felt a strong bond with that country.
    In La Girò I am musing about a composer I admire a lot: maestro Antonio Vivaldi. The title refers to Anna Girò, Vivaldi's favourite singer. The piece would not have become the 'performance' it is without its dedicatee, the violinist Monica Germino. The soloist (La Girò, perhaps?) does not only play the violin. She also sings an Italian song, whispers and talks, tells stories and dreams. The ensemble consists of a small chamber orchestra, with an added piano, harp, cimbalom and some percussion. The piece has four parts: the first three form a kind of concertino while the actual musical drama takes place in the fourth, slow part."

    performances include:

    World premiere: 5 September
    MITO Settembre Musica Festival (2011), Milan and Turin, Italy
    Teatro Dal Verme; Milano, Italy - Live broadcast by Italian National Radio 3

    6 September: Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi; Torino, Italy
    Monica Germino, violin/voice; David Atherton, conductor; London Sinfonietta;
    Sound Intermedia
    info London Sinfonietta: http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk
    info MITO: http://www.mitosettembremusica.it
    info Boosey: http://www.boosey.com

    Netherlands premiere: 12 January 2012
    Donderdagavondserie - PROMS: The dreams of Anna Girò;
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam
    Monica Germino, violin/voice; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; Asko|Schönberg
    Live broadcast by Dutch National Radio 4 (NTR)
    info: http://www.muziekgebouw.nl
    info: http://www.askoschoenberg.nl

    USA premiere: 28 February 2012
    Green Umbrella Series: Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
    Monica Germino, violin/voice; Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor; L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group
    info: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com

    13 July 2012: International Bartók Seminar and Festival, Hungary
    http://www.bartokfestival.com/en/festival/concerts

    3 September in Utrecht, NL

    for more details & info, please see http://www.monicagermino.com

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  4. Monica Germino, violin / Frank van der Weij, sound engineer
    LIVE at NOTU (Night of the Unexpected) in Tivoli; Utrecht, The Netherlands

    You're listening to excerpts from:
    Annie Gosfield's Long Waves and Random Pulses (2012), for violin and electronics

    Video by Aad van Nieuwkerk for VPRO http://www.radio4.nl/eigentijds

    notes by the composer:
    Long Waves and Random Pulses is a duet for violin and jammed radio signals. I composed and researched the piece at the American Academy in Berlin, using original recordings of jamming sounds that were used to block radio transmissions in Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union in World War II. The violin merges and emerges, shifting from music, to noise, to pure signal while fading in and out of the sounds of intentional radio interference. The electronic backing track includes a repeated six-note figure that was drawn from original recordings of an Italian radio jamming device, a buzzing pitched pulse from a German jamming device, a quote from J. S. Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor as it could have been heard in a jammed broadcast, and many extended techniques that evoke the sounds of these otherworldly radio signals. The violin part alternates between virtuosic and textural playing, shifting between notes and noise, custom made for Monica’s great technique and dramatic performance skills. I considered how a listener might perceive these unpredictable shifting sounds when he or she turned on the radio and was confronted with the odd results of two very different signals competing for the same wavelength, as well as the constant transformation and the dynamic tension between music, noise, and the interference of pure signal. As for the title, Long Waves refers to the long wave radio frequencies that many of these interrupted signals were broadcast on. Random Pulses represents a method of radio jamming that uses a random pulse noise to override the program broadcast on the target radio frequency. -Annie Gosfield

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  5. Monica Germino talks about Louis Andriessen's La Girò (2011), for violin & ensemble. Andriessen wrote La Girò for a violinist who also sings and speaks. The voice is meant to be untrained and casual in style. This trailer is an initiative of the Asko|Schönberg ensemble; produced by MvdVMedia. Partially subtitled (Dutch to English).

    Andriessen: "In La Girò I am musing about a composer I admire a lot: maestro Antonio Vivaldi. The title refers to Anna Girò, Vivaldi's favourite singer. The piece would not have become the 'performance' it is without its dedicatee, the violinist Monica Germino. The soloist (La Girò, perhaps?) does not only play the violin. She also sings an Italian song, whispers and talks, tells stories and dreams. The ensemble consists of a small chamber orchestra, with an added piano, harp, cimbalom and some percussion. The piece has four parts: the first three form a kind of concertino while the actual musical drama takes place in the fourth, slow part."

    # vimeo.com/39416081 Uploaded

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