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Monthly Archive: August 2018

DIESE WOCHE: 8-11 August 2018


Mittwoch, 08 Aug. >> Greg Cohen and Declan Forde <– HEUTE!
Donnerstag, 09 Aug. >> Naomi Jean Presents AO
Freitag, 10 Aug. >> OKO
Samstag, 11 Aug. >> R O S E M A R I N E

Mittwoch, 08 Aug.
Greg Cohen and Declan Forde

‘Unknown Ellington’

Greg Cohen – Bass
Declan Forde – Piano

In this duo bassist Greg Cohen and pianist Declan Forde explore the music of Duke Ellington.

…curiously enough, for this concert we will play no Ellington. Just some Good Old Good Ones. SURPRISE!


Donnerstag, 09 Aug.
Naomi Jean Presents AO

Naomi Jean – Vocals, Flute, percussion!
Nina Hynes – Vocals and Magic!
Carola Ortiz – Vocals and Clarinet!
Andreas Bonkowski – Bass!
Tomi Simatupang – Guitar!
Sinead Bermingham – harp!
Aine Fujioka – Drums!

and very special guests…

Alice Orchestra is a musical mothership on a mission to open portals and uplift the vibration. Sonic architect Naomi Jean’s unique breed of experimental exotica attracts adventurous collaborators from around the globe, and the AO sound evolves at every port of call.

Serpentine melodies inspired by Ethio-jazz merge with Celtic airs. Modal motifs from the Far East form hypnotic riverbeds to be engulfed by waves of polyrhythmic delirium.

AO is essentially a shapeshifting ensemble that weaves outernational vibrations with a jazz ethos. Artful juxtapositions of pop-mantra, spacious ambience and propulsive beats characterize their playground experimentalism.

Freitag, 10 Aug.

Petra Nachtmanova
Moss Beynon-Juckes
Emma Greenfield

The Berlin based trio combines diverse musical backgrounds with songs inspired by the ancient polyphony from around the Black Sea. The music is centred around the merging of the three female voices, which draw in both traditional harmonies and avant garde composition.

You can hear musical influences from Turkish traditional, English freak folk, Georgian and Bulgarian choral music to progressive rock and Russian disco. OKO uses a multi-instrumental set up including electric guitar, saz and violin, together with synths, loop station and electronic soundscapes.



Samstag, 11 Aug.

Mia Knop Jacobsen – vocal/keys

Igor Osypov – guitar (

Philip Dornbusch – drums/pads

It´s those trashy, grungy vibes combined with electronic sounds of tomorrow, framed by outstanding songwriting of highly acclaimed musicians that makes this band an experience in itself. Formed in 2017, R O S E M A R I N E is about to drop their first EP with a collection of original songs. It´s an artistic statement, a sonical trip, a smack in the face, a recreation of a musical identity that sets the band up into a new artistic journey where a sensitivity for clear pictures goes hand in hand with powerful soundscape and a deep connection to their musical roots.

Mittwoch, 08 Aug. >> Greg Cohen and Declan Forde
Donnerstag, 09 Aug. >> Naomi Jean Presents AO
Freitag, 10 Aug. >> OKO
Samstag, 11 Aug. >> R O S E M A R I N E
Mittwoch, 15 Aug. >>  Two Solo Shows
Donnerstag, 16 Aug. >> Julian Erdem Trio
Freitag, 17 Aug. >> Olga Amelchenko Quartet
Samstag, 18 Aug. >> Jazz Bewegt // Vorwärts/Rückwärts
Sonntag, 19 Aug. >> Interbellum
Dienstag, 21 Aug >> Hans Bilger
Mittwoch, 22 Aug. >> Pauline Peek
Donnerstag, 23 Aug. >> Johannes von Ballestrem Standards Trio
Freitag, 24 Aug. >> Lukas Akintaya & Guests Lukas Akintaya & Guests
Samstag, 25 Aug. >> Hornung Sessions w/ Mahall / Fink / Leipnitz
Mittwoch, 29 Aug. >> Cansu Tanrikulu & Guzests
Donnerstag, 30 Aug. >> ERB Trio
Freitag, 31 Aug. >> Charlottes clandestine Zauberkiste
Samstag, 01 Sep. >> Donau Conversations
Freitag, 07 Sep. >> Karl Ivar Reffseth Duo
Mittwoch, 12 Sep. >> BiWald

DIESE WOCHE: 31 Juli-05 August, 2018


Dienstag, 31 Juli >> Stylish Nonsense (noise aus Thailand!) <– HEUTE!
Mittwoch, 01 Aug. >> The Whisky Sours
Donnerstag, 02 Aug. >> Sebastian Noelle Quintet
Freitag, 03 Aug. >> Practically Married #7: The Clarinet
Samstag, 04 Aug. >> Donau Conversations
Sonntag, 05 Aug. >> Halletsu

Dienstag, 31 Juli
Stylish Nonsense (noise aus Thailand!)

Stylish Nonsense is a transcendentally odd Thai noise pop duo. They’ll be stopping by Donau115 on their EU tour for an evening of thrilling, other-worldly improvised acoustic music.


More info:

Mittwoch, 01 Aug.
The Whisky Sours


Mirna Bogdanovic – voc
James Banner – Bass
Declan Forte – Piano
Will Howard – Saxophone

Good old Whisky Sours playing good old good ones for us!

We like them the way we like our whisky sour – which will be drink of the night of course. So sweet yet so sour

Donnerstag, 02 Aug.
Sebastian Noelle Quintet

Johannes Lauer – Posaune
Sebastian Noelle – Gitarre
Rainer Boehm – Klavier
Josh Ginsburg – Bass
Peter Gall – Schlagzeug

Guitarist-composer Sebastian Noelle has spent much of his life traveling the elusive path between two worlds. In life, he travels back and forth between his native Germany and his adopted home of New York City; in his art, he navigates the more fluid boundaries between the abstract and the emotional. Throughout that nomadic existence, music has provided a constant source of shelter, an idea that unifies the wide-ranging music on Noelle’s third CD.

On Shelter, Noelle leads a stellar quintet that brings together some of the most forward-thinking and limitless musicians in modern jazz: saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Amina Figarova, Armen Donelian), pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Darcy James Argue, Donny McCaslin), and drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney).

Noelle’s own impressive credentials since arriving in New York in 2002 include more than a decade with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop Orchestra, the Chris Potter Big Band, the Aaron Irwin Quintet, and the New York Jazzharmonic.

The compositions on Shelter spotlight Noelle’s far-reaching interests, bringing together disparate musical influences, inspiration from documentary film and German literature, and his studies of North Indian rhythms. The album’s ten compositions also manage the tricky feat of melding ambitious complexity with emotional communication.

press quote:

“A guitarist probably best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger” – Nate Chinen (New York Times)

Freitag, 03 Aug.
Practically Married #7: The Clarinet

Practically Married #7

This month we invite these celebrated musicians to Donau115 to celebrate everyone’s favourite instrument, the clarinet, in its various sizes, sounds and shapes!

Uli Kempendorff – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Rudi Mahall – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Julian Erdem – Drums

James and Declan have been ‘Practically Married’ since April 2015, a name proudly awarded to them due to their ability to spend time together almost every day with only minor frustrations, and the fact that they play almost every concert together.

Since 2015 they have collaborated with Vilde&Inga, Tobias Delius, John Hollenbeck, Max Andrzejewski, João Lopes Pereira, Eric Vaughn and many more, and have become a regular fixture on the Berlin swing dance scene, performing with Ugo Alunni, Eldar Tsalikov, Charles Fréchette and Dima Bondarev. Associated acts include the award-winning Rachel Sermanni, jazz trio The Good Old Good Ones with Mirna Bogdanović and improv-trio FROG with Fabiana Striffler.

From 2018 they curate and perform a monthly concert series at the very special place where their relationship originally bloomed – Donau115! Since the honeymoon phase is over, each month in 2018 will feature a different special guest to spice things up. Come one come all!

Samstag, 04 Aug.
Donau Conversations: Osypov / Tixier / Berkmann / Ruppnig

our friend Tony came all the way from San Diego!
original music feat.

Igor Osypov – git
Tony Tixier – piano
Tom Berkmann – bass
Mathias Ruppnig – drums

Donau Conversations is a monthly concert series presented by Berlin-based drummer Mathias Ruppnig. Each event will feature groups of varying styles and personnel, performing jazz standards, original music or free improvisation.

“For me, Donau115 is a place that allows new musical and personal friendships to form, as well as a place to experiment with innovative musical concepts in front of a respectful and attentive audience.“

Sonntag, 05 Aug.

Halletsu is a high-energy, description-defying genre smash blending traditional Japanese music with theatrical, improvisational, and performance art components. This quiet-but-overwhelming concert is not to be missed!