Archive for May, 2016

Truely Priceless Impact

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by monikaherzig

BasicallyBaker ArtDid you ever wonder how to multiply dollar bills without going to jail? Well here is your chance! (more…)

It’s Here – The Whole World in Her Hands

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by monikaherzig

Layout 1Releasing a new recording is like giving birth or maybe it’s rather like sending your kid off to college – proud of their achievements, but also worried on how they will find their path next to all the other college kids, how they will be perceived by their peers and elders, and what kind of career they will carve out for themselves. The Whole World in Her Hands will be officially released June 10 through Whaling City Sounds with worldwide distribution through Naxos and a full radio campaign – this proud Mama is rooting for success. (more…)

Who Put the Crowd in Crowdfunding?

Posted on: May 27th, 2016 by monikaherzig

Bakerconcert12If you have attended one of my concerts lately you heard me joking about the various creative uses of CDs – the coasters, frisbees, finger decorations etc. What I really mean though is that the role of audiences in creating artistic products has drastically changed. Everyone has an active role in the process as well as determining the outcome. (more…)

The Time Flies

Posted on: May 7th, 2016 by monikaherzig

Anyone remembers BeebleBrox – just in case you forgot, here is a taste. Our slogan was “Jazz that Rocks” – and we sure did! Being children of the Seventies, Peter and myself encountered the exciting music of Weather Report, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and the Headhunters as our first introduction to jazz and it sure shaped our songwriting and love for melting jazz with other genres and unconventional interaction. And of course – we met in a pre-incarnation of BeebleBrox in our hometown Albstadt called “Bubble Gun” when the group needed a keyboard player and the rest is as they say history.  S0 – time flies and nearly 20 years after our last BeebleBrox recording we’re introducing a new project The Time Flies. (more…)

Indiana Jazz Exchange

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by monikaherzig

Burger-und-Hudnut-300x237The exchange between Sister Cities helps foster understanding of cultures, world history, and languages. Cologne and Indianapolis have developed a thriving partnership over the years, exchanging firefighters, mayors, soccer teams, and more. Three years ago, a jazz group from Cologne under the direction of bassist Andre Nendza came to Indianapolis for a series of concertsCologne Group and visits encountering some of the regional jazz legends such as David Baker and Duncan Schiedt as well as learning about the rich Indiana music culture. This year we finally get to reciprocate the exchange by sending a group of three outstanding young musicians under my leadership to Cologne. (more…)

The Big Band Music of David Baker

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by monikaherzig

Bakerconcert11We lost one of our jazz legends a good month ago with David Baker, but his legacy continues. The stories, tributes, and pictures that were shared in the Remembering David Baker Facebook group speak volumes about his impact on the jazz community worldwide and beyond.  In addition, major publications all over the world published beautiful tribute pieces – here are some examples: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. And here is a very special tribute in the making – let me tell you more about it! (more…)

Come With Me – April 2016 Tour

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by monikaherzig

100_Jazzkonzert_AHAs a result of the digital revolution as well as economic circumstances, the consumption patterns of music and the relationship between artists and audiences have changed drastically over the past two decades. Music is now a product that is borrowed on demand – through streaming or similar services – and the desire to own a piece of music or an album is often created through a personal connection to the artist. Hence musicians have to take an increasingly active role in creating those personal connections through concerts and sharing of content and touring has become an essential ingredient in building audiences. I usually plan on three or four larger outings per year and really enjoy the opportunity to connect and reconnect with friends all over the US and internationally. (more…)