Bitch 'n' Monk

Live Act Worldmusic Postrock Alternative Artrock Experimental
Bitch 'n' Monk - Worldmusic Postrock Alternative Artrock Experimental Live Act in London

Bitch 'n' Monk Short Info

"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." - The Guardian

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Bitch 'n' Monk first met in a tent in 2011 and began collaborating musically within a few hours. Improvisers and non-conformists by nature they shared a love of improvisation and differed dangerously on politics. Epic night bus debates were resolved or explored through playing, improvising and composing together and the result is music both spiritual and raw, underlined by a belief that anything - however bizarre - can be spectacular if played with commitment and energy.
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"Exquisite. A kaleidescope of musical forms" - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

"A poison apple sound of jazz, folk and classical [...] One bite of this will send you into a lovesick coma and give you an electrifying kiss of life all at once." - The Quietus

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Both story-tellers and dancers by nature they have taken their music to intimate venues such as London's Green Note and Vortex, as well as the more spacious prestige of the Royal Festival Hall (on Yoko Ono's recommendation), Union Chapel and Paris' La Cigale. They have performed at the London Jazz Festival, live on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and Edinburgh Festival, with upcoming performances at Rich Mix, Barbican Centre and Green Note.

"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." - The Guardian

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Bitch 'n' Monk first met in a tent in 2011 and began collaborating musically within a few hours. Improvisers and non-conformists by nature they shared a love of improvisation and differed dangerously on politics. Epic night bu...

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Past Gigs Bitch 'n' Monk

  • 10 | 2015 Umea Umea Jazz Festival
  • 08 | 2015 London, Barbican Centre MAGMA Collective
  • 07 | 2015 France Pete the Monkey Festival
  • 07 | 2015 London, Rich Mix Smile Acoustic
  • 06 | 2015 Bologna, Oz Bitch 'n' Monk
  • 06 | 2015 Bologna, Xm24 Bitch 'n' Monk
  • 11 | 2014 London, Village Underground London Jazz Festival
  • 08 | 2014 Edinburgh BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
  • 07 | 2014 London, Vortex Bitch 'n' Monk album launch
  • 03 | 2014 Paris, Secret Location Sofar Sounds
  • 03 | 2014 London, Rich Mix Smile Acoustic
  • 02 | 2014 London, Union Chapel Daylight Music
  • 01 | 2014 London, Hootananny Wah Wah 45s presents...
  • 11 | 2013 London, Green Note Bitch 'n' Monk
  • 09 | 2013 London, Royal Festival Hall Friday Lunchtime
  • 03 | 2013 Paris, La Cigale Les Femmes s'en Melent

Discography Bitch 'n' Monk

  • 2014 Fulafalonga Album | Lotus Arts Box

Media

  • Video Bitch 'n' Monk promo '14
  • Video Bitch 'n' Monk - live at Lo...
  • Sound Did He? [FULL MASTER]
  • Sound Worth Your While [live]
  • Video Bitch 'n' Monk - Did He? | ...
  • Video Bitch 'n' Monk - Worth Your...

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2013

Members

  • Heidi Heidelberg Vocalist, guitarist, live orchestrator
  • Mauricio Velasierra Flute-player, effects