© Florian Japp
Fr, 06/11/2020, 18:00 Uhr

Witch ’n’ Monk with LUX:NM and Jim Black: „FLUID FORMATIONS“

Jazzfest Berlin 2020

Witch ’n’ Monk is the duo of singer-guitarist Heidi Heidelberg and Colombian flutist Mauricio Velasierra, recently relocated to Berlin from London. On its recent album for John Zorn’s Tzadik label the group used free improvisations as a raw material, editing and sampling to produce a rhythmically complex universe drawing upon global sounds, but with an intricacy recalling vintage prog-rock. Yet the richly varied, charismatic singing and melodic invention of Heidelberg and the zigzagging, multi-layer flute patterns of Velasierra eschew empty bombast in favour a fizzy, otherworldly atmosphere marked by pop precision. In a special two-part performance the duo will collaborate with the Berlin contemporary music ensemble LUX:NM and the instantly recognisable drumming of Jim Black. Half of the concert will feature group improvisations based on a series of 3-D video scores created by Swiss artist Florian Japp that mix footage of flora and fauna with computer-generated abstractions inspired by the natural world, among other things reflecting the intersection between the latest discoveries in microbiology and indigenous cosmologies from the Amazon. The second half of the programme will focus on new arrangements of songs from the album, translating the crunchy guitar licks, throbbing grooves and stacked flute lines for the extended winds-and-strings line-up with LUX:NM.

This concert is part of Jazzfest Berlin Outer Spaces

Mauricio Velasierra, flutes, charango
Heidi Heidelberg, vocals, guitar, violin
Ruth Velten, saxophone
Silke Lange, accordion
Florian Juncker, trombone
Zoé Cartier, cello
Vitaliy Kyanitsia, piano
Jim Black, sound design
Martin Offik, sound design
Florian Japp, video


  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: auch um 20:00 Uhr
  • silent green Kulturquartier
  • Gerichtstr. 35, Berlin
  • Ticketpreis: 15 € / ermäßigt 12 €