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Indiana Jazz Exchange: Wes Montgomery


Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of the AmerikaHaus NRW,
Together with the Freundeskreis Köln-Indianapolis e.V., we cordially invite you to our annual concert highlight: 


Indiana Jazz Exchange 2024:
Wes Montgomery
with Monika Herzig - piano
Peter Kienle - guitar
André Nendza - bass
and Mareike Wiening - drums
Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 6.00 p.m.
Altes Pfandhaus 
Kartäuserwall 20 | 50678 Cologne 

In 2024, the twelfth edition of the Indiana Jazz Exchange will take place in Cologne. An internationally renowned group of musicians under the direction of German-American Monika Herzig will present a concert celebrating the centennial of Indianapolis guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Wes Montgomery set the standard for harmonic and technical jazz guitar-playing with his subtle reharmonizations, flowing melodic lines, and trademark octave playing style. For this year's Indiana Jazz Exchange concert, guitarist Peter Kienle from Bloomington, Indiana, will take on Wes Montgomery's role and embody the legendary guitarist's unique style of playing and composing. He will be accompanied by the German-American pianist and Indianapolis jazz historian Monika Herzig as well as the Cologne-based musicians André Nendza and Mareike Wiening on bass and drums.


Monika Herzig has lived in Indiana since 1991 and has recently been appointed Professor of Artistic Research at the Jam Music Lab University in Vienna. She leads international touring ensembles, most notably the instrumentalist ensemble Sheroes with colleagues Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Reut Regev, Rosa Avila, Gina Schwarz, Camille Thurman, Lakecia Benjamin, Ingrid Jensen and guests for the past 10 years. Their more than 20 recordings have received 4-star reviews in DownBeat Magazine, high rankings in the US JazzWeek charts, and for their 10th anniversary the group has been invited to the 2024 Jazzmandu Festival in Nepal, among others. Herr book publications include David Baker: A Legacy in Music, Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener's Companion and The Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender.

Peter Kienle grew up in Germany and attended the Jazz School in Munich. Before emigrating to the USA in 1988, he taught at several music schools. In the USA, he established himself as a versatile guitarist and bassist in the studio and various formations. Together with his wife Monika Herzig, he led the popular fusion group BeebleBrox. More than 1200 original compositions for classical guitar and his various groups Kwzjibo, Splinter Group, Nutpicker, and The Time Flies are published in the Level3Publishing catalog.

André Nendza is one of the most distinguished musicians on the German music scene owed to his continuous work both with a number of his own projects and as a sought-after sideman. In 1997, Nendza was awarded the Cultural Promotion Prize of the Sparkassenstiftung NRW. In 2009, the duo Angelika Niescier and André Nendza qualified for the final of the “New German Jazz Award”. In 2012, Nendza received the ECHOJAZZ in the category “Bass, national” for his album “Rooms restored” and in 2014, he won the final of the “New German Jazz Award” with “Tria Lingvo”. Nendza's bass playing has been documented on over 80 recordings (14 of them under his own name) as well as in various radio and TV recordings. He has his own label “Jazzsick records” with Philipp van Endert. 

Mareike Wiening lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York, for six years. She has been commuting between America and Cologne since 2019. In addition to her freelance work as a jazz musician in various international projects and ensembles in New York and Europe, she leads her own jazz quintet. With this band, she exclusively plays her own compositions, with which she processes and narrates her previous musical and personal experiences. She has been teaching jazz drums at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2022.

 Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/indiana-jazz-exchange-2024-tickets-911357032417


Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We kindly ask you to only reserve the number of tickets that you will definitely use. Please note that the Altes Pfandhaus has both seating and standing capacity.

We cordially thank the Freundeskreis Köln-Indianapolis e.V. for their cooperation and the City of Cologne for generously supporting this event.