Intriguing Anglo-Colombian duo Bitch 'n' Monk have been described as "if Prokofiev and Wayne Shorter had met at a punk night in Africa". In fact, they first met in a yurt and began composing together within a few hours.
Their intense collaboration has produced compositions which fuse traditional Colombian music with the eccentricity of the British DIY sound, rooted in the creative spirit of jazz with the theatrical power of opera.
Their instrumentation is a unique combination of; virtuosic Mauricio Velasierra on traditional flutes from the Andes, and pioneering soprano Heidi Heidelberg on vocals and electric guitar, producing music which The Guardian called "ingenious...you'll spend a while trying to classify them but they know how to write melodies".
They have performed across Europe and UK, including the London Jazz Festival, La Cigale (Paris) Sweden's Umea Jazz Festival and live on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. Their unusual style has gained them fans as diverse as Ray Davies (The Kinks) and Yoko Ono. Their debut album 'We Are Peering Over' was released on Lotus Arts Box Records on September 30 2016 to critical acclaim.
"In the intriguing Anglo-Colombian duo Bitch ’n’ Monk. Mauricio Velasierra plays assorted flutes, Heidi Heidelberg plays guitar, sings and beatboxes, while the two transform their sound into junkyard electronica through the ingenious use of looping pedals. You’ll spend a while pondering how to classify them – prog folk? Operatic post-punk? Gothic reggae? – but they know how to write melodies."
"Work of uncompromising novelty - dense but exhilarating"
“The musicians are expressive and playful, the lyrics powerful and unpredictable, elegant and crude sounds alternate. Bitch n Monk sounds like no other group and only because of the musical quality the duo is an enrichment of the musical landscape.”
Sound and Colours Magazine
"One of the most exhilarating Latin American albums that has been heard in some time...A new and rather incredible project, quite sincerely creating a new musical language out of flute and vocals."
BBC Radio 3 - Late Junction
"Exquisite! A kaleidoscope of musical forms!"
"An electrifying kiss of life!"
Aug 2 - Manchester Jazz Festival,
Aug 6 - The Holy Roast, Leeds (UK)
Nov 19 - WORM, Rotterdam (NL)
Nov 20 - Venue tba, Lille (FR)
Nov 21 - EarMusic, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov 23 - Huset, Aarlborg (DK)
Nov 24 - Westwerk, Hamburg (DE)
Nov 25 - Musik i Syd, Helsingborg (SE)
further dates tbc