London based folk-jazz singer-songwriter Monika Lidke creates exciting and original music that truly connects with the audience. Her songs blend jazz and folk with Polish and French roots to create a mesmerizing live show.
Monika third album 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. The depth and the ever-changing moods of the lyrics allowed Monika to express a wide range of emotions and ideas – from oneness to infinity, from empathy to desire, from tenderness to longing, from joyful sun rays to a loving fascination on “Via dell’Amore”. Here we are walking inside the poet’s mind, Monika’s music, performed by Poland’s best jazz musicians and the singer’s UK based band
Monika released her second album ‘If I was to describe you’ in July 2014 on 33 Records in the UK. The album features acclaimed Polish singer Basia Trzetrzelewska and hip bassists Janek Gwizdala and Shez Raja.
A jazz singer of Polish origin, Monika studied classical guitar in Poland, then singing and theatre in Paris. She relocated to London where she released her debut album ‘Waking up to Beauty’ in 2008. Her band has performed at high profile venues and festivals including London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Rhythms of the World Festival, The Forum London, Ronnie Scott’s Bar and Pizza Express Soho.
‘If I was to describe you’ has also been released to critical acclaim in Poland where Monika has been appearing extensively on national TV and radio. One of the songs, featuring Basia Trzetrzelewska (Tum tum song) has been featured on the compilation album Smooth Jazz Café vol. 13 released by Universal, and Monika was nominated Artiste of the Week on Heart FM Spain.