A VERSATILE MUSICIAN WITH A PASSION FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC.

©Barbara Barefield photo

©Barbara Barefield photo

HOLLANDS: John-Paul and Jannina Norpoth. ©Barbara Barefield photo

Illustration by René Bull, 1898, London,  [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, from the stories for Arabian Nights Entertainments by Andrew Lang.

Illustration by René Bull, 1898, London,  [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, from the stories for Arabian Nights Entertainments by Andrew Lang.

Jannina Norpoth made her debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Since then she has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist with a passion for contemporary music, genre bending and improvisation. Her string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, was the 2013 New Music/ New Places winner of the Concert Artist's Guild Competition and was recently awarded the 2015 Adventurous Programming Award by Chamber Music America and ASCAP. 

Deemed "Leader's of the New School" by Symphony Magazine and "Independent Minded" by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet has performed this season at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, SubCulture, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Compositions from their programming concept MIND | THE | GAP: which melds musical genre's through improvisation were dubbed "ingenious hybrids" by Strad Magazine.

"Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 in an engaging,
pizzicato-laced transcription by Jannina Norpoth, one of the group's
violinists — so natural sounding that it could have been the
composer's original version."
                                                              —Bruce Hodges, Strad Magazine

A versatile musician, Ms. Norpoth performs and writes alongside her husband bassist/guitarist/songwriter John-Paul Norpoth in the folk/rock group HOLLANDS. Praised for their multi-faceted sound, HOLLANDS has been described as "provocative poetry sung over instrumentals laid out with such compositional intent" by Relix Magazine and  "a is cherry mix of folk punk and free noise ... breezy melodies and whimsical cuteness" by Christopher Weingarten of the Village Voice. HOLLANDS has released two EPs; their recent LP debut was profiled by BBC as "pulsing indie pop that really puts a spring in your step ... mixing fun, folk, rock and elements of classical." HOLLANDS was recognized internationally as one of six top bands by the Banff Centre in Canada, where it completed a two-week artist residency working with Canada's DJ Champion. Past highlights include the NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, shows in support of Dean and Gene Ween, Christina Courtin, and Dean and Britta, as well as live radio performances, Breakthru Radio Live @ Pianos NYC, Jezz Harkin's "Get in the Van," Pratt University's "The Rodent Hour," WICB Ithaca College Radio, and "Open Tunings" on WXXI in Rochester.

"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

Ms. Norpoth has performed internationally, including appearances at the Detroit Art X Festival, Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival,  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival,  VH1’s Save the Music, IFC's Dinner with the Band, Palmer Woods Music in Homes, Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall, and 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 Orchestra, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, Casalmaggiore International Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble 212, and Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra.

"Further local color came in the form of Villa-Lobos’s Bachiana Brasileiras no.5,
arranged by PUBLIQuartet violinist Jannina Norpoth.The doubling of the violin
and viola in place of the wordless soprano part gave a full-bodied,
textured sound and an easy swing to the work."
                                                           — Robert Leeper, Feast of Music

She has been a featured performer alongside such acclaimed musicians as Jay - Z, Beyoncé, Regina Carter, violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Pamela Wise and the Latin Jazz All-Stars, jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, bassist Dave Young, virtuoso pianist/producer Mike Garson, jazz guitarist/composer A. Spencer Barefield, Foxy Brown, Sheila E., Boys II Men, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Michael McDonald, 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, Bob Stewart's Connections - Mind the Gap and with her ensembles HOLLANDS and PUBLIQuartet. 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.

Ms. Norpoth lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with her husband John-Paul and their puggle Vegas. Upcoming projects included self-titled debut with PUBLIQuartet, a duo recording of Prokofiev's Sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Maria Meirelles, and The Scheherazade Project, a collaboration between HOLLANDS, PUBLIQuartet and artist Amy Khoshbin that will create multimedia song cycle for rock band, string quartet, electronics, and projections based the stories of One Thousands and One Nights, and taking inspiration from Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade