Birgitta Flick



Birgitta Flick is a saxophonist and composer and lives in Berlin. She studied saxophone and Jazz at the Jazz-Institut Berlin (UdK) and the Royal College of Music, Stockholm. 

Current ensembles where she plays and composes are her Berlin-based quartet that was supported by the German Initiative Musik in 2018/2019 and the German-Swedish-Finnish band Flickstick, with whom she won the 2012 Jazz Baltica Förderpreis.
Her other work includes playing in a duo with New York based pianist Carol Liebowitz, the Nico Lohmann Quintet, the German Women’s Jazz Orchestra and being guest saxophonist for singers Esther Kaiser from Berlin and Cajsa Zerhouni from Stockholm.

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 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, in the fall of 2018 the quartet released Color Studies, the band’s third album with Birgitta’s compositions. Further CD productions include those with Flickstick, Esther Kaiser and the Nico Lohmann Quintett, amongst others.

Her concert tours have taken her to Sweden, the USA, Bahrain and the Middle East, and in winter 2014- 15, to New York for a three month stay including private studies with Connie Crothers.Festival concert appearances include 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 also serves as the musical coordinator of the summer concert series „In Spirit“ 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 “Malita-Malika“ that was released by Leo Records in 2018.

Since 2018 Birgitta is a master student in composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and right now working on her degree composition projekt LYSSNA, music to psalm 39 & 40 for choir and octet. More information coming soon!

Birgitta teaches saxophone and improvisation in Berlin.

Listen to Birgitta‘s music on:

Releases & publications:

as saxophonist/composer:

Carol Liebowitz / Birgitta Flick Duo „Malita-Malika“ (Leo Records)

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)

as saxophonist:

Cajsa Zerhouni „Estuary“ (DoMusic)

Antje Rößeler "Stockholm Trio"

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)

Guest Composition:
25 years JayJayBeCe – live at Schlot (Bellheim) (“Yingying“)

Music Engraving:
Andreas Schmidt “slow motion emotion“ (NRW)

Transcriptions for:
Musik für Saxophonquartett [Vol. 1] (BIT)

Article “Zur Macht des Augenblicks: Fünf Kompositionen und ihre Aufführungspraxis“ in cooperation with Dr. Hanno Depner, published in:
“Macht und Reflexion: Deutsches Jahrbuch Philosophie. Band 6“, Hastedt, H. (Hg.), Felix Meiner Verlag, Hamburg 2016

Tags Free Jazz, Modern Jazz