"Like Portishead's Beth Gibbons, Heidelberg dishes out dark-hued affairs of the heart with stinging, deadpan poise" 

The Quietus

 

"Spectacular vocals" 

BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

 

"Heidelberg is a fine vocalist: aggressive one moment, tender the next...attitude in spades, a Slits for the new jazz age." 

All About Jazz

 

"Heidelberg’s quasi-operatic vocals are entrancing, and her control of volume and tone, especially at the delicate end of her range, is breathtaking. The echoes span John Lydon to Thomas Adès" 

The Arts Desk

 

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Heidi Heidelberg is an anarchic soprano, an improviser, musician and a composer, bringing together classical coloratura, jazz scat, beatbox and rock vocal influences. She recently won the infamous Nonclassical 'Battle of the Bands' contest and was a selected participant in Serious' prestigious 'Take Five' professional development programme Edition X.

 

A gutsy electric guitarist and master of the loop pedal she has written music for award-winning films and theatre, and collaborated with a number of innovative artists. Her current projects include 'Bitch 'n' Monk' - an experimental/jazz duo project with Colombian flautist Mauricio Velasierra, with whom she has composed and performed live scores for award-winning cinematographers Yuri Pirondi and Ines Von Bonhorst, showcasing at the V&A Museum and other notable galleries. Her current solo repertoire includes work by avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, using her diverse influences to enliven niche repertoire for new audiences.

 

Bitch 'n' Monk have played at London's Royal Festival Hall, Paris' La Cigale, the London Jazz Festival and have performed live on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction. Their critically-acclaimed new album 'We Are Peering Over' was released on September 30th on Lotus Arts Box Records and was supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

 

Heidelberg's other collaborations include work with celebrated composer Lina Lapelyte on 'Candy Shop' which has toured the UK, including performances at Glasgow Counterflows festival and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and 'Mouthpiece' by Jennifer Bell, a performance for a cappella voices which has been performed in Bristol, live on the BBC and at the Houses of Parliament.  

 

She also leads workshops in songwriting and composition, facilitating workshops across the UK, Northern Ireland and India, with a special interest as a mentor empowering young women to express themselves through music.

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