June 12, 2008 Concert
In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.
Since then Monika has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland's Nighttown, Louisville's Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus' Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
Recently she has received her third "Individual Artist Grant" from the Indiana Arts Commission in support of her newest CD project. Her previous release In Your Own Sweet Voice – A Tribute to Women Composers has received much praise. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, "I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout". As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition "Let's Fool One" and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.
The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as Carole King's "You've Got a Friend", Kern/ Hammerstein's "The Song Is You", and Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite". The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Thursday and Saturday at Rick's Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.
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Peter was born in Metzingen, Germany, and has been playing guitar since age 13. He studied two semesters of Jazz School in Munich, and founded the band BeebleBrox in 1983 in Albstadt, Germany. Peter has accomplished extensive studio work as musician, engineer and producer, and is a private guitar instructor. Peter has toured southern Europe with mallet player Bill Molenhof in 1987 and 1988, and moved to Tuscaloosa, AL, USA in 1988 where a new incarnation of BeebleBrox recorded two cassettes. BeebleBrox reformed and recorded one more cassette and five CDs, and he has performed with BeebleBrox around the midwest. Peter has composed about 600 tunes in many styles, 50 works for classical guitar and several instruction manuals for guitar. He also works as a music copyist for David Baker, Bill Banfield, Fred Hersch and many others.
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