The „Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic“ pays tribute to the Jewish baroness Pannonica (Nica) de Koenigswarter. The concert, on 6 February 2019, thirty years after her death, focused on pieces by the musicians whom the “Jazz Baroness” supported over many years with money, accommodation, advice and friendship, and who often dedicated compositions to her to express their gratitude: Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Bud Powell and Sonny Rollins.
A single moment can change a life forever. That happened to the Jewish baroness and heiress Pannonica (Nica) de Koenigswarter (1913-1988), née Rothschild. On hearing Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight’ on a trip to New York at the beginning of the 1950s, she was so totally captivated by the music, she turned her back on her native Europe and on all the glamour of her previous existence, and became one of the great supporters of American jazz.Siggi Loch experienced a similarly decisive moment in his life when, at the age of just 15, he heard a concert by Sidney Bechet and decided that his life from then on would be dedicated to jazz. This decision had a profound effect not just on him, but also on the way this music has developed in Europe, most notably in the years since he founded ACT in 1992.So it was above all a feeling of affinity w...line up
Recorded live in concert by Klaus Scheuermann, at the Berlin Philharmonie (KMS), February 6, 2019
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Curated and produced by Siggi Loch
Produced by Siggi Loch
Package design (collage) by Siggi Loch: photo Pannonica © Rothschild Archive & artwork © Uwe Kowski, Selber (2015), ACT Art Collection, courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin