"In the intriguing Anglo-Colombian duo Bitch ’n’ Monk Mauricio Velasierra plays assorted flutes, Heidi Heidelberg plays guitar, sings and beatboxes, while the two transform their sound into junkyard electronica through the ingenious use of looping pedals. You’ll spend a while pondering how to classify them – prog folk? Operatic post-punk? Gothic reggae? – but they know how to write melodies." - The Guardian
"Exquisite. A kaleidescope of musical forms" - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3
Bitch 'n' Monk first met in a tent in 2011 and began collaborating musically within a few hours. Improvisers and non-conformists by nature they shared a love for jazz and differed dangerously on politics. Epic night bus debates and public arguments in Paris were resolved or explored through playing, improvising and composing together and the result is music both spiritual and raw. Angular melodies and seemingly irrational harmony may come from nights listening to Prokofiev and Wayne Shorter, or just from a shared fetish for the tritone. Inexplicable groove on the strangest of bar lengths might reflect their affinity with West African rhythms, or just a belief that anything - however bizarre - can be spectacular if played with commitment and energy. Electric guitar, beatboxing soprano and traditional Andean flutes - electrified with effects pedals - may not be a typical duet, but their collaboration is an inevitable meeting of minds.
Bitch 'n' Monk gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation