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Rosie Hertlein

Rosie Hertlein violin, voice Staten Island, NY

Rosi Hertlein's musical background is divided equally between the worlds of improvisation and contemporary classical music. She began serious study of both violin and piano in the late 70's, before switching her focus to violin and vocals in the 80's. She earned a degree in Sociology in 1989, subsequently traveling to Ghana to study the links between society and music in Western Africa. After returning to Germany, she began teaching and working as a composer, violinist, singer and percussionist in a variety of settings.

Her work in recent years includes collaborations with multi instrumentalists Joe McPhee and Daniel Carter and performances with composer Pauline Oliveros' “New Circle Five”. In June 2002 she premiered Cecil Taylor's “With Blazing Eyes and Open'd Mouth” with the “Sound Vision Orchestra” and Mr. Taylor on piano. She performed with Reggie Workman's “African-American Legacy Project” and with the “Jump Arts Orchestra”, conducted by Butch Morris, she collaborated with guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil on original music and other projects. She performs with her band “The Improvising Chamber Ensemble (ICE)”, with Howard Johnson, Dave Taylor, Vincent Chancey, Jay Rosen, Charlie Burnham and herself on violin and vocals. This project features her particular compositions and concepts

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