Birgitta Flick is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Berlin who is especially interested in the intersection of composition and improvisation. She studied saxophone at the Jazz-Institut Berlin (UdK/HfM „Hanns Eisler“) and the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, in 2020 she finished her master studies in Jazz composition at the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm.
One of her larger recent composition works is LYSSNA, music to the words of the biblical psalms 39 and 40, that was her compositional exam project for her master studies in Stockholm. It was made possible by a cooperation of KMH and Svenska Kyrkan, Stockholms stift and Vokalensemblen i Sundbyberg.
Current projects are her Berlin-based quartet and the German-Swedish-Finnish band Flickstick, with whom she won the 2012 Jazz Baltica Förderpreis. Other work includes playing in a duo with New York pianist Carol Liebowitz, Stockholm based Cajsa Zerhouni Quintet and Pål Nyberg Ensemble and the German Women’s Jazz Orchestra.
In 2011-12 her research and composition project on traditional Swedish music was sponsored by the Elsa Neumann Scholarship of the Country of Berlin. The resulting suite for the Swedish singer Lina Nyberg, Silke Eberhard (bass clarinet), Nico Lohmann (alto saxophone, flute) and the Birgitta Flick Quartet was released in April 2016 by Double Moon Records. The quartet’s debut CD, “Yingying” was released in 2013 by Jazz thing Next Generation. Further CD productions both as a leader and side woman include those with Flickstick (“Flickstick” 2018 and “Hymn” 2014), Nico Lohmann quintet (“Merging Circles” in 2016 and “Miraculum” in 2013), Cajsa Zerhouni and Pål Nyberg, amongst others.
Concert tours have taken her to Sweden, the USA, Bahrain and the Middle East, in the winter of 2014- 15 Birgitta spent three months in New York City to study with Connie Crothers. Festival concert appearances include XJazz Berlin, Elbjazz in Hamburg, JazzBaltica, Jazzwoche Burghausen and Cairo Jazz Festival.
Since 2013 Birgitta also contributes to the monthly Psalmton Jazz Pop Services at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche in Berlin – both as a performer, composer and coordinator. Since 2015 she serves as the musical director of the summer concert series „In Spirit“, also at home at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis- Kirche.
In 2017 she received a scholarship of the City of Berlin to realize a new improvisation project together with Carol Liebowitz. After having spent a month in New York City in the fall of 2017 they recorded the music for their new album in the beginning of November 2017 at Octaven Studio. “Malita-Malika” was released by Leo Records in 2018. In 2018 Birgitta and her quartet from Berlin also released their new album “Color Studies” on Double Moon Records/Challenge, supported by the Initiative Musik gGmbH.
In winter/spring 2020/2021 Birgitta is a scholarship holder of German Musikfonds to work on her new project K la n g k ö r p e r and to write a new choir composition in this frame work, based on her improvisational work with the dancers Oktavia Zoe Vöhringer, Cecilia Gil Marino and Lucia Rosso.
Birgitta is available as a teacher for saxophone, improvisation, composition and music theory/ear training in Berlin and online. She is also very experienced in transcribing music and in music engraving. More information on request.
Releases & publications:
Carol Liebowitz / Birgitta Flick Duo “Malita-Malika” (Leo Records)
Birgitta Flick Quartet “Color Studies” (Double Moon Records/Challenge)
Birgitta Flick Quartet feat. Lina Nyberg Nico Lohmann Silke Eberhard “Dalarna“ (Double Moon Records)
“Den signade dag” from “Dalarna” on “Lira: Lyssna. Ljudspår till #3 2016” (Lira, SE 2016)
Birgitta Flick Quartet “Yingying“ (Double Moon Records / “Jazz thing Next Generation“)
Flickstick “Hymn“ (WismART)
Pål Nyberg “Lowlands” (AMP Music & Records)
Antje Rößeler “Stockholm Trio (WismART, guest musician and composer)
Cajsa Zerhouni “Estuary” (DoMusic)
Uwe Steinmetz “In Spirit” (EJK Records)
Agustin Strizzi “P o r n o g r o o v e Vol. 1” (electronic release)
Esther Kaiser “Songs of Courage” (GLM)
guest musician for the songs “Open your Eyes” and “Revolution”
Cantor Aviv Weinberg & Z’lil schel bet haskala, Jazz goes Synagogue (primTON)
Elias Gottstein “VR_Lust” (LP)
guest musician for the song “Tier”
Lewin-Landgren-Björänge Trio “It‘s Freedom“, live at Memorial Church, Berlin (EJK Records)
guest musician for the song “Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich“
Nico Lohmann Quintett “Merging Circles“ (UNIT Records)
Nico Lohmann Quintett “Miraculum“ (UNIT Records)
Robert Keßler Go·ya “Yasmin“ (yvp music)
Christof Griese’s JayJayBeCe “20 Jahre JayJayBeCe“ (BIT)
Berliner Jugendjazzorchester “Berlin – Los Angeles“ (Phonector)
25 years JayJayBeCe – live at Schlot (Bellheim) (“Yingying“)
Andreas Schmidt “slow motion emotion“ (NRW)
Musik für Saxophonquartett [Vol. 1] (BIT)
Du har lärt mig att lyssna: En undersökning av genomsläpplighet i komposition. Master thesis, KMH Stockholm, 2020.
Zur Macht des Augenblicks: Fünf Kompositionen und ihre Aufführungspraxis. Article in cooperation with Dr. Hanno Depner in Macht und Reflexion: Deutsches Jahrbuch Philosophie. Band 6. Hastedt, H. (Ed.). Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2016.