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Monika Herzig

3375 E Old Meyers Rd

Bloomington, IN 47408





Imagine – Indiana in Music and Words by Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf and Monika Herzig, contains 15 tracks totaling 61+ minutes, including tributes to the late Hampton Sisters (recited by NEA Jazz Master David Baker), various Indiana Avenue jazz greats, and poet Etheridge Knight of Indianapolis, Hoagy Carmichael of Bloomington, and the southern Indiana hill country, the setting of many of Norbert’s poems. The CD also includes poems in response to work by John Lennon, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan. A 20-page booklet includes the texts of all 14 poems on the CD, collages of color performance photos, and images related to the subjects of the poems.  Late jazz great Bob Berg can also be heard on a track dedicated to the trauma of losing an unborn child.  



Herzig and Krapf think of what they are doing as a contemporary Indiana form of chamber music, an accessible combination of jazz and poetry. Some of what they do can be traced to Beat Poetry and jazz of the 1950s, but they take it in their own direction, with their individual sensibilities and everyday concerns shining through. At the core of their collaboration is a love of Hoosier heritage. Included are Beethoven’s “Für “Elise” and the German folksong “Frühling,” paired with the poem “Song of the Black Forest,” and “Lazybones Wannabe” meditates whimsically on the German work ethic.



For a complete track listing, complete audio file of the first two tracks, and samples of the other tracks, go to and click on the CD image on that page.  Click on “Performance Content” for the audio file of Norbert’s version of “On the Road with the Hampton Sisters.” For the text and complete audio file of “One Long Love Song,” go to” Other tracks can be heard at  



The new CD is now available in Bloomington, IN at Barnes & Noble, TIS Music Shop, Monroe County Historical Society Gift Shop, Waldron Arts Center Gift Shop, Wandering Turtle Arts Gallery, B-ton Visitors Center; in Indianapolis at The History Center Gift Shop, Luna Music, and Indy CD & Vinyl and soon at Barnes & Noble and Borders stores; in Jasper at the Gift Shop of the Dubois County Museum; and Online at and at You can also send an order request to or to ACME Records, 3375 E Old Meyers Rd, Bloomington, IN 47408 - costs for up to three CDs is $15 each plus $2 shipping and handling, after that add $1 s&h per CD.



Reviews and Previews 

Krapf and Herzig’s sound owes something to the best of the ‘50s and ‘60s-era collaborations between poets and jazz musicians, recalling, for instance, Hammond, In.-raised storyteller Jean Shepherd’s work with Charles Mingus on the 1957 track “The Clown,” or the inconsistent but always inspired musical experiments conducted by Allen Ginsburg that are collected on the box Holy Soul JellyRoll. But there’s a whole lot of other material from that period that hasn’t remained fresh, so it’s remarkable that Imagine avoids the pitfalls of unfocused improvisation and verbose, stream-of-consciousness poetry that plague those forgotten records.”

                                                Scott Shoger, NUVO, 1/9/08 Click to read entire feature


“Monika Herzig, jazz pianist/composer, and Norbert Krapf, Pulitzer-nominated poet, have resurrected a form of the 1950s Beat poetry and jazz with a strong Hoosier flavor.”

                                                            Chuck Workman, “Jazz Notes, NUVO, 9/28/07


“[Imagine is] lyrical and poetic, a love letter for Indiana and its roads unseen, unknown, everything from Etheridge Knight to Crown Hill to southern Indiana landscapes. Separately the poems and music stand strong; leaning on each other they are a gestalt larger than the sum of its parts, finding a distinctive rhythm in playing off each other.”

                                                            Paul Pogue, NUVO preview, 9/20/06

Nuvo article on the Krapf-Herzig collaboration

Nuvo performance preview

Interview with Norbert Krapf and Monika Herzig about their collaboration and Imagine CD


Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry’s hour-long program on the CD Imagine



Monika Herzig Bio

Herzig has been performing as a professional jazz pianist for more than fifteen years and has completed a Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Bloomington's Indiana University. Currently she teaches in the Arts Administration program at IU. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland=s Nighttown, Louisville=s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus= Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few.  Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.  As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition "Let's Fool One" and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has gathered international recognition for her writing skills. More info and sound samples from her numerous releases at


Norbert Krapf Bio

Krapf moved with his family to Indianapolis in 2004 after over 30 years of living and teaching in the New York area, where he directed the C.W. Post Poetry Center of Long Island University. His poetry collections include Somewhere in Southern Indiana, The Country I Come From, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Looking for God's Country, a recent collaboration with Darryl Jones, Invisible Presence: A Walk through Indiana in Photographs and Poems, and the forthcoming Bloodroot: Indiana Poems

(IU Press). Since moving to Indianapolis, Krapf has collaborated with singer-songwriters Kriss Luckett and Greg Ziesemer at the Indiana Poetry Festival and at other venues. Winner of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Krapf is emeritus Professor of English at Long Island University and serves on the board of Etheridge Knight Inc.





  • Wed. & Thurs. June 25 & 26, recitation of Kerouac’s “On Hearing Shearing,” with backing by David Amram, Frank Smith, and Kenny Phelps, as part of the Indy Art Museum opening of the scroll MS of On the Road owned by Colts owner Jim Irsay.

  • Wed., June 18, 6:30 p.m., pre-show with Tasha Jones and Carl Hines before the Ice-T, Ron McCurdy Quartet, and the Indy Symphony Orchestra performance of Langston HughesAsk Your Mama.

  • Sat., May 10, 7:00 p.m., Queen Anne Concert Series, Norbert & Monika, Ferdinand, IN, $10 cover, contact Rock Emmert,, 812.367.1155.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m., “Collaborations in Poetry & Jazz” with Jack Gilfoy and Bam Miller, Monika Herzig and Norbert Krapf, new Indianapolis Marion County Central Library, 40 E. St. Claire St., Indy, no charge, 317.275.4085.

  • Sunday, April 13, “Home Fields Advantage” house concert series, Indy, Norbert and Monika, 6:00 p.m., $10 contribution plus pitch-in.

  • Mon., April 7, 7:00 p.m., jazz and poetry with Jack Gilfoy and Bam Miller, Monika Herzig and Norbert Krapf, IT Bldg., auditorium, IUPUI (corner of West & Michigan Streets, 535 W. Michigan St.) Indy, $5 admission fee, 317.274.4000.

  • Sun., Feb. 24, 2008. 3:00 p.m., Waldron Art Center, 122 S. Walnut (corner of 4th), Bloomington, IN, “A Call for Peace,” Krapf-Herzig and Tom  Roznowski and The Living Daylights, $5.00 entry.
  • Fri., Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m, Boulevard Place Café, 4155 Boulevard Place, Indy,  May 11, 2007, 7:00 p.m., $5 cover.
  • Mon., Dec. 17, 8:00 p.m, Chatterbox Jazz Tavern, Massachusetts Ave., Indy.
  • Sun., Dec.9, 2:00 p.m., Dubois County Museum, Jasper, IN
  • Fri., Dec. 7, 6:00 p.m., Jazz at the Station, Walnut St., Bloomington, IN
  • Sat., Dec. 1, 12:00-4:00, Holiday Author Fair, CD signing, Indiana History Center, Ohio St., Indy.
  • Fri., Nov. 30, 7:00 p.m., CD release party, Earth House Coffee, Central United Methodist Church, New York & East Streets, Indy
  • Thurs., Nov. 29, 7:00 p.m., Indy Jazz Foundation Holiday Showcase, Madame Walter Theatre, Indiana Ave., Indy.
  • Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00-3:000 p.m, the new Linton Public Library, 955 S.E. 1st St., Linton, IN., 812.847.7802, free.
  • Fri., Oct. 26, 7:00, Earth House Coffee, Indy
  • Sun., Oct. 21, 2007 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Artsgarden, Circle Center Mall, Washington and Illinois Streets, Indy, Jazz and Poetry with Monika Herzig and Peter Kienle. Free.
  • Thurs., Oct. 25, 8;00 p.m., The Waldron Art Center, 122 S. Walnut (corner of 4th St.), Bloomington, a short set of jazz and poetry as the conclusion to “A Harvest of Voices,” with area poets reading, $7 for adults, $3 for students, 812.334.3100.
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Earth House Coffee, (Central United Methodist Church, corner of New York and East Streets, Indy), free parking in lot to the south and along the east side of the church complex. $7.00 cover, with portions going to Etheridge Knight, Inc. and Earth House Coffee, 317.637.2716. We’ll premiere our Kurt Vonnegut tribute poem, to the backing of German music arranged by Monika of Swabia.
  • Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00-3:000 p.m, the new Linton Public Library, 955 S.E. 1st St., Linton, IN., 812.847.7802, free.
  • Fri., Nov. 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Earth House Coffee, CUMC (see above), CD release party for Norbert Krapf and Monika Herzig’s Imagine - Indiana  in Music and Words. $7.00 cover, with some proceeds going to Etheridge Knight, Inc. and Earth House Coffee, 317.6367.2716.
  • Boulevard Place Cafe', 4155 Boulevard Place, Indy,  May 11, 2007, 7:00 p.m., $5 cover. To be filmed.
  • The Chatterbox Jazz Tavern, Mass. Ave., Indianapolis, May 1, 2006; May 15, 2006
  • “In the Fields” house concert series, Indianapolis, April 15, 2007, filmed for DVD.
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 600 Paul Hand Blvd., (C.R. 400 N.), Franklin, IN, Jan. 21, 2007 3:00 p.m, suggested donation $10 (benefit for St. Thomas Clinic, which ministers to the underserved). Map:
  • Boulevard Place Cafe', 4155 Boulevard Place, Indy,  Jan. 19, 2007, 7:00 p.m., $5 cover.
  • Duncan Community Church 4100 Yellowwood Road., 6 miles west of Nashville, IN and 8 miles east of Bloomington, 1/3 mile north of Hwy 46. Family-style evening of jazz and poetry from Imagine: Indiana in Music and Words. Contribution requested. Fri, Nov. 3, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
  • House concert at home of Dr. Alan Smith, Bloomington, IN, Oct. 15, 2006"
  • Boulevard Place Cafe', 4155 Boulevard Place, Indy, Sept. 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m., $5 cover
  • Indy Hostel, 4903 Winthrop Ave. Fri., July 14, 2006, 8:00 p.m., $10 cover, 317.727.1696
  • Jazz on the Point Series," WYJC FM, 100.9 Smooth Jazz, Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, June 15, 2006
  • House Concert hosted by Cary Fields, Fishers, IN, June 4, 2006

Click on the thumbnails for larger versions.

Norbert Krapf recites poetry with the musical accompaniment of
Monika Herzig at the Indy Hostel

Norbert and Monika, Duncan Community Church.

Norbert Krapf with Monika Herzig at the Boulevard Place Cafe'

Norbert Krapf with Monika Herzig Trio: Larry Clark,
drums; Peter Kienle, bass; Monika Herzig, keyboards.

Norbert Krapf performing with Monika Herzig Trio.

View of the water from the stage at Eagle Creek Park.

View of the Eagle Creek Park stage from the lawn.

Bloomington house concert, with Carolyn Dutton on violin, Monika on piano, Norbert reciting poems.  Not visible: Peter Kienle on bass.

Norbert & Monika at Earth House Coffee, Indy
Monika & Norbert with singer-songwriter Tom Roznowski.
Peter, Monika’s husband, at Dubois County Museum
Norbert at Dubois County Museum
Scott Russell Sanders and Norbert, Waldron Art Center, A Call to Peace
Norbert recites "Fire and Ice"
Tom Roznowski sings

Larry Clark and Peter Kienle rehearse

Tom & Monika rehearse
Monika’s girls and their friends sing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
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Updated February 27, 2008