Jannina Norpoth
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Jannina Norpoth

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
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"Interview with Modern Media"

When Jannina Barefield, 24, takes the stage with her Bronastow Cison violin for the annual Sphinx Competition at Detroit's Max M. Fisher Music Center this week, it will be a homecoming.

It's not just because the student at Mannes College of Music in Manhattan is a Detroit native, but she's also a product of the Sphinx music organization's competitions, having competed as a teen.

For the past 10 years, the Detroit-based Sphinx organization has run a competition to identify the best young, multicultural artists in the land. Some of the nation's most elite young musicians will gather in Detroit and Ann Arbor for the event, which starts Feb. 7.

- www.modelmedia.com

"Palmer Woods Concert Site"

Celebrate our grand finale with Detroit-born violist Jason Amos, and New York violinist Jannina Barefield, who grew up in Palmer Woods. Amos is a 2007 Sphinx Competition Laureate. Barefield has soloed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and performed with Itzhak Perlman’s youth ensembles in NYC and Israel. Both artists have toured and performed with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Detroit’s Orchestra Hall and throughout the U.S. and are part of the resident faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy. - www.palmerwoods.com

"Indianapolis Star"

Osso proved Stevens is a master at detailing flesh-and-blood behavior by covering six of his songs to open the show. The group's "Run Rabbit Run" project is a string-quartet interpretation of his all-electronic "Enjoy Your Rabbit" album released in 2001.
"Year of the Monkey" featured two violins, a viola and a cello grating against one another in futility, finally getting together for one triumphant chord at the song's conclusion. "Year of the Boar" was aggressive, repetitive and dissonant in the tradition of iconic movie composer Bernard Herrmann. Solo passages by violin player Jannina Barefield were as abrasive and unhinged as a listener might expect from Sonic Youth guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo.
-David Lindquist for the Indianapolis Star - http://www.indystar.com/article/20091102/ENTERTAINMENT/911020368/1005/ENTERTAINMENT/Eclectic+music+a

"New York Post: Osso Quartet"

By Meredith Deliso
What started out as a friendly collaboration among Brooklyn neighbors has blossomed into a critically acclaimed album, nation-wide tour and handily sold-out shows.
The backstory: In 2005, musician Sufjan Stevens moved to Ditmas Park, a community not lacking in instrumentalists.
Soon, he became friends with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the latter of whom suggested Stevens rearrange his 2001 sophomore album “Enjoy Your Rabbit,” a collection of 14 electronic instrumental pieces each inspired by a different animal of the Chinese Zodiac, for neighbors Rob Moose, Olivier Manchon, Marla Hansen and Maria Bella Jeffers – collectively known as the Osso Quartet – who had recently collaborated with Stevens on his 2005 release “Illinois,” as well as My Brightest Diamond’s “Bring Me the Workhorse.”

Rework they did, and over the next few years they recruited young composers including Nico Muhly, Michael Atkinson, Maxim Moston and Gabriel Kahane to rearrange the pieces for live instruments.
Those efforts have culminated in the album, “Run Rabbit Run,” out earlier this month on Stevens’ own Asthmatic Kitty Records, which imaginatively captures the glitches and white noise of the original album in squeaks on the bow and a crescendo of hissing, while adding a human, and thus more emotional, element to the source material.
Today, the quartet is comprised of Jeffers (cello) and Hansen (viola), as well as violinists Jannina Barefield and Brooke Quiggins, as they tour the country in support of the album, including a stop at the Bell House in Gowanus November 7.
With other local shows on the tour, which also include a screening of Stevens’ 2007 documentary “The BQE,” a symphonic and cinematic homage to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, selling out, the musicians looked around for another location to add and fell on the Bell House. There, they will play selections of “Run Rabbit Run,” followed by a screening of the film.
“We’re looking forward to that one a lot,” says Jeffers of the Bell House show. “Other spaces, you have to be there and be serious. This one, you can be there and have fun.”
The shows weren’t easy to arrange, as the four women all have full performance careers, going between the experimental and classical worlds, with members of the quartet linked with DM Stith, Mocky, My Brightest Diamond, the New Pornographers, Jay-Z and Kanye West. And though the musicians are juggling multiple projects, the quartet hopes to create original material and continue the collaboration.
“It’s so fun to be a string quartet that is a band. You’re not backing anybody up, you’re not augmenting some idea, but being the central idea. It’s just a really different animal,” says Jeffers. “This is our chamber music thing where we get to be our own selves and rock out.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/osso_quartet_instrumental_harmony_MLDRFNmvkeJGNSGF7K3wnL#ixzz0X9D6M7U0 - http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/osso_quartet_instrumental_harmony_MLDRFNmvkeJGNSGF7K3wnL

"Chicago Time Out"

From the orchestral crescendos in the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” to Radiohead’s Messiaen-inspired ondes Martenot, pop music has pilfered ideas from the classical world for years. Recently, there’s been a noticeable spike in young musicians straddling the line between indie and symphony. This year, hotshot composer Nico Muhly contributed arrangements to Grizzly Bear’s adored Veckatimest and lush swells of strings to Antony and the Johnsons’ The Crying Light.
New York City–based string quartet Osso rides a similar line. Members Maria Jeffers (cello), Brooke Quiggins (violin), Jannina Barefield (violin) and Marla Hansen (viola)—pictured above, left to right—have their feet in the classical sector (Quiggins is associate principal second violin of the Miami Symphony) but they’ve also worked with a cluster of rock’s critical darlings, such as the National, the Walkmen, My Brightest Diamond and the New Pornographers.
“Crossover is rampant these days,” says Hansen, a University of Wisconsin grad and a Madison native. “Sometimes it’s literally putting on different outfits. Many of the bands we’ve worked with like to wear costumes. But it also feels like that musically. My own musical language has become richer.”
This month, the quartet released its debut album, Run Rabbit Run, a stunning re-arrangement of Sufjan Stevens’s Enjoy Your Rabbit, an electronic concept album from 2001 based on the Chinese zodiac. A strong cast of young composers, including Michael Atkinson, Rob Moose and the ubiquitous Muhly, penned the 13 insightful arrangements, which Osso will saw through at Lakeview joint Schubas. “We tend to spend most of our time in indie venues,” says the 32-year-old. “But we’re playing in a lot of different venues: small art galleries, theaters and museums.”
Though Hansen now resides in Prospect Park, a collabo with Brooklyn native Jay-Z still wouldn’t have seemed likely. “There was a rumor that since Kanye had an orchestra for a high-profile gig, Jay-Z decided he needed an even bigger orchestra,” Hansen says. She and Barefield backed the MC formerly known as Shawn Carter at the 2006 Radio City Music Hall concert celebrating the tenth anniversary of his seminal Reasonable Doubt. “It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had, musical or otherwise,” Hansen gushes. “?uestlove played drums, Beyoncé sang, Diddy stopped by rehearsal to say hi. It was totally surreal. I wouldn’t believe I had done it if I didn’t have pictures.”
Kanye West’s people then came calling for Hansen’s help with a Saturday Night Live performance in 2007. The flashy rapper wanted an all-girl group of string players and a harpist in silver dresses. “We all had the same crazy makeup: a red stripe across our faces,” Hansen recalls. “We looked kind of dorky, but we tried to rock it.”
Run Rabbit Run is out now on Asthmatic Kitty Records. Osso plays Schubas with DM Smith on Wednesday 28.

Read more: http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/opera-classical/79720/osso-plays-run-rabbit-run-at-schubas#ixzz0X9DXyV1c - http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/opera-classical/79720/osso-plays-run-rabbit-run-at-schubas


Black Dahlia Murder - "Everblack" (Metal Blade/2013)

Keyshia Cole - "Woman to Woman" (Geffen Records/2012)

Black Dahlia Murder - "Ritual" (Metal Blade/2011)

Sphinx Virtuosi - "Live in Concert" (White Pine/2011)

Keri Hilson "No Boys Allowed" (Interscope/ 2010)

HOLLANDS "Mother" EP (independently released/2009)

Akron Family "Set em' Wild/ Set em' Free" (Dead Oceans/2009)

Jay-Z "Kingdom Come" (Roc-a-Fella Records/ 2006)



Jannina Norpoth is known for her versatile musicianship performing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Radio City Music Hall and New York City's Mercury Lounge. She is comfortable in an array of musical genres and settings, ranging from the orchestral stage as soloist and section leader to small jazz clubs and rock/pop gigs with her electric violin and amplifier displaying a unique talent for all kinds of music. Classically trained she surprises listeners with her poise and creative use of sound. David Lindquist for the Indianapolis Star writes " Solo passages by violin player Jannina Barefield(Norpoth) were as abrasive and unhinged as a listener might expect from Sonic Youth guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo."

Ms. Norpoth made her concert debut at age 11 at Detroit's Orchestra Hall for the Detroit Chamber Music Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala alongside performances by the Beaux Arts Trio, Cleveland String Quartet and Guarneri String Quartet. Just a few years later at age 13, Ms. Norpoth made her solo debut at Orchestra Hall performing Wieniaski’s Second Violin Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and again in 1999 performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

She has been a featured performer alongside such acclaimed musicians as Jay - Z, Beyonce, Regina Carter, violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Pamela Wise and the Latin Jazz All-Stars, jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Dave Young, virtuoso pianist/producer Mike Garson - (NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie), and jazz guitarist/composer Spencer Barefield, Foxy Brown, Sheila E., Boys II Men, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, My Brightest Diamond, Alexi Murdoch, and DM Stith. As an arranger she has written and arranged strings for Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson, Black Dahlia Murder, Akron Family, John Legend, and Never Shout Never. Her recording credits include Keyshia Cole's "Woman to Woman", Keri Hilson's "No Boys Allowed", Black Dahlia Murder's "Everblack" and "Ritual", Akron Family's "Set em' Wild / Set em' Free", Sphinx Virtuosi "Live in Concert" and with her own band HOLLANDS. She may also be heard as a member of the "Hustla' Symphony Orchestra" on the bonus tracks for Jay-Z's live concert release on his 2006 Def Jam release, "Kingdom Come." As a studio arranger and performer she has worked under grammy winning producers Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis and Bryce Goggin.

She has performed internationally, including appearances at the Detroit Art X Festival, Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival, Steamboat Springs Chamber Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, VH1’s Save the Music, IFC's Dinner with the Band, Palmer Woods Music in Homes, Texas Music Festival Young Artists Series, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and a Concert Tour of Tuscany, presented by the International Academy of Music in Castelneuvo di Garfangnagna. As a soloist she has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, Casalmaggiore International Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble 212 and Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Ms. Norpoth performs in the folk rock band HOLLANDS alongside her husband bassist/guitarist/songwriter John-Paul Norpoth in the folk/rock group HOLLANDS. Relix Magazine describes HOLLANDS as "provocative poetry sung over instrumentals laid out with such compositional intent." Christopher Weingarten of the Village Voice says "(Hollands) is cherry mix of folk punk and free noise... made from a little bit of "grizzly Bear's "While you Wait for Others," and a whole lot of breezy melodies and whimsical cuteness.. a great mythical escape from the bustle of New York." Hollands recently released their second EP "Mother" and is also scheduled to appear on FOX's "Fearless Television" this winter. Ms. Norpoth's responsibilities include recording, arranging, and touring, either in a folk duo setting or with her electric violin in a large rock band.

Ms. Norpoth recently joined PUBLIQuartet (www.PUBLIQuartet.com) as there new violinist. The group has carved out their reputation presenting both standard and rare music from the classical repertoire, as well as contemporary compositions and open-form improvisations that expand, explore and extend the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. She has also served as the first violinist of indie rock string quartet Osso on the Asthmatic Kitty Record Label started by Sufjan Stevens. Ms. Norpoth joined Osso on their debut tour to promote their first record, an acoustic revision of Sufjan's electronic instrumental album "Enjoy Your Rabbit." The successful two week tour consisted of sold out shows at the 92nd street Y Tribeca, Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and others. Osso has be praised for their unique sound and ability to bridge Indie Rock and Classical music by the New York Times, Strad Magazine, Time Out, New York Post, Pitchfork and others.