Thursday June 13, 2013 at 7:30PM
Austria Cultural Forum – New York, NY (with a workshop Friday June 14, 2013 at 2:00PM)
Sunday June 16, 2013 at 1:00-9:00PM
Bang on a Can Marathon, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts – New York, NY
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.
Bang on a Can returns to lower Manhattan’s River to River Festival with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe.The 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 9 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative pioneering musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s newest exciting young artists.
Violinist Monica Germino (USA/NL) is on the cutting edge of new music. Hailed by The Sunday Times (UK) as a ‘striking presence’ whose ‘virtuosity was exhilarating’, she has premiered innovative works in leading venues and festivals worldwide. Germino is co-founder of the international four-member ensemble ELECTRA, which commissions composers from all over the world. She has recorded for Attacca Records, Basta Music and BMOP, and on numerous discs with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch and Philips. Germino has worked with many composers, including Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Heiner Goebbels, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, and Julia Wolfe. Together with sound engineer Frank van der Weij, she presents revolutionary recitals. Her performances often feature singing and playing, a skill she developed in recent years. A versatile artist, Germino has performed with Europe’s leading dance and theatre companies, and broken barriers in exciting collaborations with choreographer Nanine Linning, singer Cristina Zavalloni, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, and many others. She holds diplomas with honors from New England Conservatory, Yale University, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Germino plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin, on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, and a custom-made ‘Violectra’.