Monika Lidke - Songwriter & Jazz-folk singer
Monika Lidke is a singer-songwriter of Polish origin, currently living in London. She creates exciting and original music that truly connects with the audience. Her songs blend jazz, folk and Latin grooves with Polish and French roots to create a mesmerising live show. After many years spent in Paris, Monika moved to London in 2005, and her debut album, “Waking up to Beauty” was released in 2008. Here’s how the famous radio presenter Marek Niedzwiecki (National Radio 3 in Poland) describes Monika’s music: ”Beautiful, delicate, addictive. I can’t get this music out of my head. It’s so good. My sincere congratulations Monika, I am a big fan of yours.”
Monika’s second album “If I was to describe you” was an opportunity for the artist to collaborate with two outstanding guests: Basia Trzetrzelewska (vocals) and Janek Gwizdala (bass guitar). Her band recently played a show at the Polish Radio House Agnieszka Osiecka Studio. They have performed at numerous well known jazz clubs (Ronnie Scott’s Bar, Pizza Express Jazz Club) and festivals: London Jazz Festival, Rhythms of the World Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival. Monika is often invited on TV and radio shows and her music is described as a very intimate affirmation of life with soothing and healing qualities. Marek Niedzwiecki has put two of her songs on the Smooth Jazz Café Compilation CD’s Vol. 10, 13 and 17.
Monika Lidke has recently released her third album on the american label Dot Time Records. It is her first ever project exclusively in Polish, her native language. In this love-letter to her mother tongue, Monika takes us on a journey, having created sublime musical arrangements to the poems of contemporary Polish poet – Andrzej Ballo. Performed by Poland’s best jazz musicians and the singer’s UK based band, the depth and the ever-changing moods of the lyrics allowed Monika to express a wide range of emotions and ideas. The album, featuring Dorota Miśkiewicz, Anna Jurksztowicz, Krzysztof Napiórkowski, Marek Napiórkowski, Michał Tokaj and Łukasz Żyta - is now gathering fantastic reviews in Poland.