Witch 'n' Monk

Witch 'n' Monk
Heidi Heidelberg
  • country:Germany
  • region:Central Europe
  • style(s):Latin, World Pop
  • label:Tzadik
  • type:Composer/Songwriter, Duo, Large Ensemble
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:electronic, singer songwriter, pop group, guitar
  • artist posted by:Akamu SAS

Line up

  • Heidi Heidelberg (Vocals and electric guitar)
  • Mauricio Velasierra (Flutes and effects)


Defiantly original duo Witch 'n' Monk combine Mauricio Velasierra's radically electrified Latin American flutes with Heidi Heidelberg's jazz-punk guitar/bass and anarchic soprano vocals. Their music travels seamlessly from structured arrangements to wild improvisations, using a myriad of control pedals and labyrinthine signal paths.
Celebrated in jazz, contemporary classical and DIY music scenes, they have played prestigious venues and festivals such as the Royal Festival Hall, Berlin Jazz Fest, London Jazz Fest, Umea Jazz Festival and Paris' La Cigale.
Latest album was released on John Zorn's label Tzadik (2020) to international critical acclaim. That album was named Contemporary Album of the Month by The Guardian and received the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schalplatten Kritik.
The Wire wrote: «Hard to imagine that voice, guitar and flute could groove so hard and deliver so much... There's nothing else around quite like Witch 'n' Monk. It goes further than just genre-dodging, however. There's real depth, emotional and spiritual heft to these songs. They could hardly be more of the moment».