Chris Jarrett meets Luca Ciarla
World-class piano and violin. 30 January
‘Beatboxing soprano’ & guitarist Heidi Heidelberg and experimental flute-player Mauricio Velasierra first met in a tent in Taunton, fought over melodies in Paris, and are now gaining an eclectic set of fans from Yoko Ono to Ray Davies (The Kinks).
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. Since forming they have been known to roam the stages of London’s Royal Festival Hall, Paris’ La Cigale, Rich Mix and the V&A Museum.
From the bedroom to the chapel Bitch ‘n’ Monk release their debut short album ‘Fulafalonga’, which documents the raw free improvisations that gave birth to a series of songs and compositions recorded at London’s Union Chapel.
Heidi Heidelberg – Vocals, guitar & live orchestration
Mauricio Velasierra – Traditional flutes & effects
“… for enjoyable astonishment, nothing quite beats the singer-cellist Laura Moody. She plays lyrically; then as if it was a box for sound effects. She sings her own almost-pop songs, gurgles, hoots, wails, taps her throat with the bow. Yet it’s all seamless, as if she, the cello and the music are a single organism.” The Irish Times