Volume V, 2022
The highest aim of art is interpretation rather than realism. Of course, one must present truth, but the highest is interpretation.
T.C. Steele

Relive the 2021 Indiana Jazz Exchange with MoReJasPIg, a highly expressive lockdown project that we were able to present despite all odds against us and the rest of the world- our 2022 project brings together interpretations of Hoosier Impressionist T.C. Steele's work and spirit, May 3, Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne
Dear Friends

Who will I see at Jazz Ahead in Bremen this weekend? Please send me a note if you're there and let's connect!

Only two more weeks and this incredible Sheroes incarnation will be on the road: Kristin Korb on bass and Mareike Wiening on drums with special guest Jasna Jovicevic as well as core members Jamie Baum and Reut Regev. Tour dates and links are below - college students, consider joining in Halle for the Generation Next Workshop, May 12-15. Applications are still open, more info here. The tour is supported by a USArtist International Grant by the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation. Our music is available on all streaming services - Eternal Dance, Sheroes, The Whole World in Her Hands
SAVE THE DATE: The annual Gemini party/ jam session will be Sunday, June 5, 5pm at our house including driveway music. All my Gemini friends, their families and friends, and anyone who wants to join is more than welcome - just send me a note for address and directions. And all of you who know where we are, just come by!
Join us live from anywhere to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Indiana Jazz Exchange and the "House of the Singing Winds" project. Save this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgYpLay9ZZU and join the free livestream on Tuesday, May 3, 7pm in Germany, 1pm EST or whatever your time zone is! Inspired by the paintings of T.C. Steele, we will share compositional sketches capturing the moment with a focus on color and interaction. The sketches will be captured in a live recording on May 7 with invited audience in Trochtelfingen/ Germany - send me a note for details to attend. All concert dates and ticket links are below, the group includes Jamie Baum - flute, Peter Lehel - saxophone, Peter Kienle - guitar, Monika Herzig - piano, Andre Nendza - bass, Mareike Wiening - drums. The project is sponsored by Amerikahaus NRW, the city of Cologne, and the Indianapolis/ Cologne Sister City Committee.
It's a great honor to be one of the recipients of the inaugural New Works Commission by the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel for our family collaboration Fly High. The process of transformation will be captured with Cyr Wheel choreography by Zackary Herzig to music by the family band. The performance and talkback is June 4 at the Tarkington Theater - here is all the info. And enjoy this recent IU performance by Zackary, who is also one of the winners at the Indiana Comicon costume contests.
And finally - the projected release date for the Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender is July 13. Together with James Reddan (Western Oregon University) and Michael Kahr (KUG, Graz/ Jam Lab, Vienna) we edited (and contributed our own) 40+ chapters discussing the topic from historical, social, philosophical, and pedagogical perspectives. This comprehensive resource provides knowledge and action items for practitioners, educators, and advocates. Together with members of the German Jazz Union, I will lead a discussion on the book and the topic at Jazz Ahead in Bremen on Saturday, April 30, 1pm. Another presentation will take place May 4 in Frankfurt. Please contact me via email to schedule talks and presentations and work on further initiatives. More info on the book is here.

Happy Spring
Monika
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Saturday April 30, 1pm Jazz Ahead Bremen - presentation on Jazz and Gender with Jazzunion Deutschland

Wednesday, May 4, Jazz is my Democracy? Frankfurter Salon with Nina Hacker and Johanna Schneider

House of the Singing Winds Project - Impressions in Pictures and Music
featuring Jamie Baum, Monika Herzig, Peter Lehel, Andre Nendza, Mareike Wiening
May 7, Live Recording White Fir Studio, Trochtelfingen - email me for personal invitation
May 9, Workshop, Hochschule Karlsruhe

Sheroes Europe Tour featuring Jamie Baum, Reut Regev, Jasna Jovicevic, Monika Herzig, Kristin Korb, Mareike Wiening
Supported by a USArtist International Grant by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
May 12-15 Generation Next Workshop, Halle - Registration still possible
May 15 Jazzclub Erfurt, Kaufmannskirche
May 20 Amerikahaus Nürnberg, Suedpunkt
May 23 Workshop Dublin University
May 25 Lost Lane, Dublin, Ireland

June 4 New Works: Premiere Performance, The Tarkington, Carmel
featuring Cyr Wheel Choreography by Zackary Herzig, Music by Monika Herzig & Peter Kienle - this year's Commission Winner

June 5 Gemini Party - email me for details

June 12 Jazz Girls Day Vienna
Talking Jazz - conversations and guided listening with today's leading jazz artists - can now be heard every Thursday 11am and Monday 7pm on WETF 105.7 South Bend, IN, Fridays 8pm on WICR, Indianapolis, IN. Many episodes are also available on youtube and my website - subscribe to my channel for weekly episode updates. THIS EPISODE FEATURES DRUMMER FOR THE UPCOMING TOUR: MAREIKE WIENING - let me know if you'd like to broadcast some of the episodes!
Submissions for Volume 4 of JAZZ are open until May 15, more info here. Volume 3 of Jazz Education in Research and Practice is now available! JAZZ is a new journal with a variety of peer-reviewed articles exploring different aspects of jazz as an art form. Subscriptions or single copies can be ordered here. All full JEN members now have access to a digital copy here, after signing into the website.