Thursday 27th February 2020 - 8:30 pm
Music Charge: £12.00
BBC Radio London
A singer-songwriter of Polish origin now living in London, Monika Lidke blends jazz, folk and Latin grooves with influences from her Polish and French roots to create an enchanting and eclectic style, evoking comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Norah Jones and even Joni Mitchell. Since releasing her first album, “Waking up to Beauty” in 2008, Monika has built an international following, working with high profile artists including singer Basia and bassist Janek Gwizdala, who collaborated with her on her second album, “If I Was to Describe You”. In 2017, renowned Dutch/US label Dot Time Records picked up her third record and now she’s back in the studio working on her fourth. With a reputation as a mesmerising live performer, Monika has appeared at numerous well known jazz clubs such as Ronnie’s and Pizza Express, as well as festivals including the London and Manchester Jazz Festivals and Rhythms of the World. Tonight’s show will mark the release of Monika’s new single, “My Reverie” (the classic 1930’s tune with music by Debussy and lyrics by Larry Clinton), and she’s put together a truly standout band for this occasion: guitarist Matt Chandler, bassist Jakub Cywiński, cellist Adam Spiers and drummer Adam Teixeira, joined by very special guest, the wonderful harpist Alina Bzhezhinska.
“Here's an artist who knows how to invade our dreams!” JazzFM; “Beautiful, delicate, addictive. I can’t get this music out of my head. It’s so good.” Poland National Radio 3; “Absolutely beautiful.” BBC Radio London