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Indiana Jazz Exchange

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Once upon a time a youngster in a little town in Germany became fascinated with jazz harmonies and improvisation and decided to drive with her red Ford Fiesta and her brand new DX7 keyboard on the Autobahn north for five hours to attend a summer workshop in Remscheid, close to Cologne. It was a live-changing experience which put her on the path of becoming a professional jazz musician and relocating to the United States. (more…)



Time Flies – When You’re Having Fun

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by monikaherzig

timeflies-logo-400It all started with a silly pun at one of our holiday shows for the Jazz Fables Series – wouldn’t it be fun to have a band called Time Flies and have a logo with little flies and clocks – six months later a German producer invited us to do a project based on recordings we did with Bob Berg in 1998 bridging two continents, two generations, and two decades of great musicians and compositions. (more…)



Music, Festivals, Heritage

Posted on: May 28th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Greetings from Siena, Italy where I spent the last three days convening with researchers from all over the world – Sydney to New Orleans, Helsinki to Capetown and everything in between – discussing, presenting, and listening to presentations on music festivals. It’s been fascinating and inspirational to consider so many different perspectives on the idea of festivals and here is my summary, some of the central discussion points, and some food for thought for presenters, musicians, audiences, and organizations. (more…)



‘Tis the Season – Of Weddings

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by monikaherzig

This is the 30th year of my music career – in the summer of 1988 Peter and myself sold our belongings, bought one-way tickets, and left our German home to make music our careers and take advantage of a one year exchange scholarship to the University of Alabama. We quickly realized that playing club gigs for the door with our original music would not generate enough income to pay the rent and groceries. (more…)



Time Flies LP Release Tour

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by monikaherzig

We’re very excited to announce the release of the Time Flies LP, recorded last July in Germany and featuring new takes of tracks with legendary saxophonist Bob Berg as well as collaborations with German saxophonists Peter Lehel, Sandi Kuhn, und Lutz Häfner. The initial release tour is May 30 – June 9 in Europe, followed by a series of concerts in the US. As many are aware, Bob Berg was killed in a car accident during a New York Blizzard in 2002. We had the fortune of recording three of our originals with him in 1996. During last year’s recording session, we reworked those tracks and added new music featuring some of Europe’s leading players. The LP was produced by Michael Fetscher and Lothar Landenberger – here are the concert dates – and a taste from our Germany concert with fog machine! (more…)



Spring Tour Diary

Posted on: April 30th, 2017 by monikaherzig

Dear Diary

I’m in Pennsylvania at the Farmhouse Retreat run by vocalist and healer Barbara Montgomery – the final stop of our Spring Tour – before heading into Philadelphia for a weekend of Jazz and Poetry. It’s time to take a deep breath after seven days of non-stop driving, concerts, clinics over five States with some of the world’s most amazing jazz musicians and write down the memories while they are still fresh. (more…)



It’s All About the Music

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by monikaherzig

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What goes up must come down – laws of physics – I sure hope I don’t have to come down from this wonderful experience of creating musical magic for these past three days. While it’s still fresh in my memory I’ll try to capture some of the moments. (more…)



Berlin – Symbolism

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by monikaherzig

We just returned from a week in Berlin attending a conference, performing two concerts, and other lectures and activities. This is the third time over the course of one year that I ended up in Berlin – a concert and workshop last July at the IU Gateway Office, a week working on creativity and jam session research in October and this past week. Even though I grew up in Germany, I had been to Berlin only once before – in 1985. Yes, that was before the wall came down and we had to travel there on a highway that was enclosed by barbed wire and were forced to exchange a certain amount of money into DDR currency for a day visit to East Berlin. (more…)



What About Ingrid?

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by monikaherzig

For the past three years, The Whole World in Her Hands has been my advocacy project for instrumental women in jazz but also to create unique original music with a female touch. I’ve been discussing the issues many times, the missing role models, the psychological and historical barriers, and the current danger of losing our hard-earned privileges and steps towards equality – read a great blog on the issues here. So one more time with feeling – in March 2017 we’ll celebrate Women’s History again – and we’ll do it in style with a series of concerts and events with the amazing trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

And just in case you haven’t heard  – who is Ingrid Jensen? (more…)



With Or Without Words

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by monikaherzig

IMG_1176We have a recent and fun tradition on Sundays. My 15-year old daughter helps me cook up some rice, eggs, and veggies and we stuff Tortillas for lunch. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on the week’s happenings and chat about life. Today she exclaimed, how her best friend had casually mentioned something that she found quite disturbing. (more…)