Vocalist Monika Heidemann twists together vocal improvisation and jazz sensibility with catchy pop melodies and the grind of rock n’ roll, adding enough subconscious creativity to call into question the origin of her music. Her work simultaneously displays off-beat humor and smart, avant-garde arrangements, strong melodies and remarkable musical vocabularies. Heidermann’s ensemble boasts a brilliant group of improvisers, including Matt Moran, Khabu Doug-Young, Mike Savino and Take Toriyama. Her modern-day art songs tell stories by exploring the colliding worlds of the technical and spontaneous. She is awaiting the release of her first solo album with her band, featuring her compositions and songs by the late saxophonist, Steve Lacy.
Thursday, October 6, 2005. 8:30 pm
Monika Heidemann at Roulette 2005