films, Performances

Rainbow Book Screening | Birdboxes

On June 11, 2007, I’ll be making an installation and giving a live performance for OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music) at The Jam Factory, Oxford.

The installation will be AN AUDIENCE WITH THE TREES (2005). Using six, musical birdboxes, this work transforms Vivaldi’s Four Seasons into birdsong, via my violin concerto of 2003, Vivaldi’s Menagerie.

I’ll also be performing my 1999 pianowork, THE RAINBOW BOOK, for which I’ve recently made a series of short videoworks. Each video is designed to be controlled by the live performance of each piece of music. Overall, the work addresses the physiological effect of colour on the human eye, according to Goethe’s Theory of Colours.

For event information on the OCM website, click here.

films, Performances

The Bravery of Women : Canada, April 2007

Information about Monica Germino’s forthcoming performances of THE BRAVERY OF WOMEN in Canada next month can be found here.

The work is a transdisciplinary 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. THE BRAVERY OF WOMEN comprises sung and spoken text, video, choreographed movement, electronics and live violin. It is the latest in my series of works that explores that nature of musical experience using both musical and non-musical media.

THE BRAVERY OF WOMEN features as part of Monica’s new solo programme, PLUGGED & UNPLUGGED, for violin, electric violin & voice with soundtrack, effects, samples, film, movement and installations. The programme includes pieces written especially for Monica, such as Louis Andriessen ‘s XENIA, Heiner Goebbels’s BAGATELLEN FUR VIOLINE as well as a version of Michael Gordon’s INDUSTRY for adapted violin and Philip Glass’s STRUNG OUT.