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
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,
http://www.acmerecords.com/frontpage.html 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 http://www.krapfpoetry.com/xmascard.htm.”
Other tracks can be heard at
new CD is now available in Bloomington,
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
http://cdbaby.com/cd/krapfherzig and at
Amazon.com. You can also
send an order request to email@example.com
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.
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
read entire feature
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.”
“Jazz Notes, NUVO, 9/28/07
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
Nuvo article on the Krapf-Herzig collaboration
Nuvo performance preview
Interview with Norbert Krapf and Monika Herzig about their collaboration and
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
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:
(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 Hughes’ Ask Your Mama.
Sat., May 10,
7:00 p.m., Queen Anne Concert Series, Norbert & Monika, Ferdinand,
IN, $10 cover, contact Rock Emmert,
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,
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,
- 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: http://www.stthomas.indydio.org/
- 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
recites poetry with the musical accompaniment of
Monika Herzig at the Indy Hostel
Norbert and Monika, Duncan Community
with Monika Herzig at the Boulevard Place Cafe'
with Monika Herzig Trio: Larry Clark,
Kienle, bass; Monika
Krapf performing with Monika
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.
Monika at Earth House Coffee, Indy
Norbert with singer-songwriter Tom Roznowski.
Monika’s husband, at Dubois County Museum
Dubois County Museum
Sanders and Norbert, Waldron Art Center, A Call to Peace
Norbert recites "Fire
Tom Roznowski sings
Larry Clark and
Peter Kienle rehearse
Tom & Monika
and their friends sing
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
Updated February 27, 2008