In 2016, Monica Germino was given the news that she would have to protect her hearing by stopping or adapting how she played the violin. This unexpected and harrowing news would have halted most musical careers overnight, but instead, fired by optimism and curiosity, Germino wondered how she could adapt her playing instead of just giving up.
Inspired by Germino’s strength and determination, four of the world’s leading composers – Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang (co-founders of Bang on a Can) and legendary composer Louis Andriessen – joined forces to create MUTED. This collective composition features what Germino calls ‘whisperviolin’ and a part for Monica’s singing voice (in settings of texts from the 1930’s New York Post cult column Archy and Mehitabel).
“I’m going to write you a piece so soft, I don’t care if no one can hear it.” This was composer Michael Gordon’s response to Monica Germino’s news that she would have to protect her hearing by stopping or adapting how she played the violin.
Taking audiences to the thresholds of audibility, this intensely theatrical piece is conceived for small groups of listeners in intimate spaces.
Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. With the support of Dutch Performing Arts.
MUTED is presented by De Doelen Rotterdam (executive producer), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Oranjewoud Festival, Music on Main, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.