Monthly Archive: March 2019
ONA is a Slavic word which
translates as SHE. ONA is Mirna Bogdanovic from Slovenia and Olga Amelchenko from Russia, two Berlin-based musicians who met at the Jazz Institut and have been friends ever since. Both active in the Berlin jazz scene, a mutual inspiration led to the idea of
sharing a monthly series at their favourite club in Berlin, Donau115. Every month one of them will perform with some of their favourite musicians, either with existing bands or brand new projects – and you never know, they might even play together sometimes.
Olga Amelchenko was born in Russia. She
started singing in choir at the age of 5, and playing piano and Dombra two years later. At 15 after a year spent studying choir conducting, she switched to saxophone. After living and studying in several different cities such as Abakan, Novosibirsk, Moscow,
Paris and Cologne, she finishes a jazz master degree in composition at the Jazz Institut Berlin in February 2019. Gathering experiences from concerts and tours all over Europe, Olga Amelchenko is now involved in the Berlin’s dynamic jazz scene, where she combines
musical collaborations and her personal projects.
Her debut album ” Shaping Motions ” was
released on Unit Records on the 11.05.2018.
Mirna Bogdanović is a Slovenian jazz singer-songwriter
based in Berlin. She has graduated from the Jazz Institute Berlin in the class of Judy Niemack, Greg Cohenand Kurt Rosenwinkel. In 2015 she has won the Downbeat Student award for “outstanding performance”. She has taken private lessons from many renowned jazz
musicians across the globe, was a member of the German National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO) and is an active member of the Berlin jazz scene. This year she is recording her debut album with the support of Elsa Neumann scholarship (NaFög).
The series will continue with a concert
organised by Olga, and features:
Olga Amelchenko – Alto sax
Mette Nadja Hansen – Vocal
Anna Wohlfarth – Piano
Thomas Kolarczuk – Double Bass
Freitag, 29. März
John Davis solo show playing songs from recent albums – (Forthcoming LP / El Pulpo / Spare Parts) – and older ’90’s JD/FI tunes. In one of our favorite cities. With one of my favorite poets / musicians, Mike Ladd.
Samstag, 30. März
Wanja Slavin – sax
Felix Henkelhausen – bass
Fabian Rösch – drums
Roman Klobe – guit
A fine selection of tunes. Acoustic in-your-face music from people like Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Ornette Coleman,… you know what i mean.
Plus maybe a few originals from some bandmembers.
Come by Good music / good hang!
Tausend Deutsche Diskotheken – Live-Hörspiel
Mit: Laura Eichten, Fabian Raabe und Anton Weil
Regie: Michel Decar
Beginn: 21 Uhr
„Um mich herum war der ganze Raum voller Haare und Haaransätze, Girls mit amerikanischen Augenaufschlägen, Girls in fleckigen Leggins, Girls mit Meinungen, Girls, die wippten und kippten. Unterleiber rieben gegeneinander, zirkulierten durch den Raum, die Räume, die Unendlichkeit.“
So schnell kann es gehen: Eben noch sitzt Privatdetektiv Frankie wie jeden Montagabend bei Bacardi Cola in der Koralle, im nächsten Moment ist er mitten drin in seinem nächsten Auftrag: Bahnvorstand Mauke wird von einem anonymen Anrufer erpresst und der einzige Hinweis auf dessen Identität ist, dass er aus einer Diskothek anrief, in der Madonnas „White Heat“ gespielt wurde. Frankie wirft sich in seinen zucchinigrünen Opel Admiral und zieht seine Kreise, erst durch München, dann durchs Umland und schließlich durch ganz Westdeutschland. Bald ist ihm klar, dass der Teil eines Spiels ist, in dem es um Industriespionage, Verrat und Täuschung geht.
(mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Brechtfestivals)
Florian Fleischer -Gitarre / Comp.
Fabian Timm – Bass
Alessandro D’anna – Schlagzeug
Florian Fleischer (Born 1988 in NRW, Germany) is a guitarist, improviser and composer who is active in jazz as well as pop and rock music. He studied from 2008 to 2010 with Frank Sichmann in Arnheim NL. As from 2010 he continued his studies with Frank Möbus in Weimar. He is a member of the avantgarde trio Massive Schräge as well as a leader of Florian Fleischer und das Gelbe vom Ei. With his new band he combines the music of his childhood with new compositions and material from the Great American Songbook. Together with berlin bass player Fabian Timm and Alessandro D’anna from Rome he joins forces to create beautiful and exciting music.
Stille Kammer #4
Le Ton Mité (Brussels/USA) + Jacken Elswyth (UK) + Nicolas Melmann (Buenos Aires/AR)
LE TON MITÉ- ‘too experimental for the pop world, too pop for the experimental world- perfect for everyone else’
The project of USA-born McCloud Zicmuse (sometime bassoon-player for MOUNT EERIE and touring band member for MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ) inhabits a multilingual world of punk rock, european folksongs, tunes about going to the store to buy some vegetables, and the joys of crab burgers. Self-made instruments, humour and wild sweet melodies.
JACKEN ELSWYTH is a London-based banjo player. She takes traditional clawhammer banjo and feeds it through noise and experimental sensibilities, coming out with something new and riveting. She also runs the tape label ‘betwixt and between’, a series of collaborative cassette releases paired with her own hand cut lino prints.
MELMANN is the solo project of Nicolas Melmann.
A musician from Buenos Aires, Melmann combines different musical dimensions, from electronics, through children’s music, as well as composing for theatre, film and installations, to its latest foray as a singer, always innovating from the composition, making test formats, exploring different sounds, resources and instruments.
Freitag, 22. März
Aarón Castrillo 5tet
Weitere Infos folgen bald!
Samstag, 23. März
Fabiana Striffler / Ugo Alunni / Declan Forde
>>PLAY THE BLUES<<
Fabiana Striffler – violin
Declan Forde – piano
Ugo Alunni – drums
“FABIANA STRIFFLER is a very talented violinist who plays directly from the heart. Her beautiful sound is a reflection of herself. Fabiana has a unique balance of keen Intuition and Intellect that allows her to make pure music no matter what creative situation she finds herself in.“ New York 2016, Garry Dial (Grammy “live at the Village Vanguard”)
Her early years she spent with her lovely family in Italy. During her childhood she was encouraged to engage in a variety of artistic and musical activities. She studied Jazz and Classical violin in Berlin (UdK and HfM Hanns Eisler).
In 2016 she got a New York City – sponsorship to be able to work on her own music and get inspired by the New York music-scene. A year earlier she got the “Elsa-Neumann”- scholarship for compositions/performance with an modern and improvising string-quartet.
She is considered both, a brilliant violinist and a robust fiddler.
Born in Perugia, there he attended the Conservatory “F.Morlacchi” after which he investigated further the drums at the Collective School of Music in New York City.
He currently resides in Berlin where he attended the Jazz Institut under the guidance of John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen and David Friedman.
He has played with Rossano Emili, Perugia Jazz Orchestra, Pietro Tonolo, Joe Chambers, Dan Kinzelman, Elias Stemeseder, Phil Donkin, Uli Kempendorff, and many others.
DECLAN FORDE is pianist based in Berlin and originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Since 2014 he has established himself as one of the city’s most versatile and sought-after pianists. He has performed with John Hollenbeck, Tobias Delius, Max Andrzejewski, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Michael Griener, Vide&Inga, plays in the duo ‘Unknown Ellington’ with legendary American bassist Greg Cohen and in various projects with bassist James Banner. He has also recorded and toured with singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni and was a finalist in the 2015 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition.
Pic: Ugo Alunni by Dovile Sermokas, Fabiana Striffler by Dovile Sermokas, Declan Forde by Olga Baczynska
Dienstag, 12. März
Rory Lavelle – piano, vocals
Rory Lavelle is a Canadian singer-songwriter currently based in Berlin. His lyrical piano ballads have evoked comparisons to 70s troubadours like Randy Newman and Tom Waits, while his politically charged lyrics puts him squarely in the tradition of pop radicals like John Lennon and Bob Marley. His debut EP ‘Just Watch TV and Worry’ was released on November 8th, 2016, on the eve of Trump’s election. 2017 saw the release of the ‘Cassini’ EP, a space-themed psychedelic song cycle about our precarious planetary situation.
His latest effort, the 12-song LP ‘CUL-DE-SAC’, was recorded at Berlin’s renowned Funkhaus studios, and marks his first release since moving to Berlin a year ago. “My motto for this record was taped to the wall of my home studio while I was writing the songs,” he says. “It’s a fragment of a poem I wrote, and it came to seem like a mission statement: ‘Articulating, in a single breath, / the hopelessness of our predicament / and the certainty of our escape.’ The whole movement of the album is from kind of a bleak outlook on Side A toward something more hopeful on Side B. I hope I managed to somehow enact that movement on this album.” The record is his most eclectic offering yet, incorporating elements of R&B, Soul and Gospel, in addition to the piano ballads he’s become known for.
CUL-DE-SAC is available for pre-order now at https://rorylavelle.bandcamp.com and the first single from the record, ‘Matter Of Time’, is available now on all streaming platforms:
This performance will be an intimate solo set, with Rory Lavelle on piano and vocals.
Mittwoch, 13. März
The Furiant String Quartet was formed in 2011 by four very young musicians from a honest joy and love towards chamber music.
Different nationalities are found in this formation. With Nika being Slovenian and Mladen Serbian, Stefano coming from Italy and Vlad from Romania, it is altogether a very interesting cultural mixture.
The four members first met in Austria where they where all pursuing individual studies. Elisabeth Fister was their first mentor, and after only two years the four Furiants were accepted in the class of Professor Eberhard Feltz and Tim Vogler at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler“ Berlin, where they graduated in 2016. Since October 2018 the quartet is studying with Professor Heime Müller in Lübeck.
Their participation in several chamber music competitions has resulted in winning the first prize in the ”Boris Pergamenschikow” Competition in Berlin. They are also prize holders in the International Chamber Music Competition in Majano (Italy) and the ”Irene-Steels-Wilsing Stiftung” Competition.
Since 2014 they have been under the patronage of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin e.V.
The Furiant Quartet have held concerts in Spain, Austria, South Africa, Holland, Italy, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, France and Lithuania. Additionally, through the Lincoln Center Stage Programme they have also performed extensively in other parts of Europe and the USA in the Summer of 2017.
Their musical impulses have been enriched through lessons and cooperation with some of the greatest musicians of our time, such as the Casals Quartet, Heime Müller, the Belcea Quartet, Rainer Schmidt, William Coleman, Günter Pichler, Donald Weilerstein and Gerhard Schulz. The Furiant String Quartet founded their own chamber music series in 2015 in Berlin, called“Kammermusik im Konvikt” with up to six concerts each year. In 2018 the Quartet has been selected to take part in “Le Dimore del Quartetto”.
In regard to new music, the four members are eager to perform and support new compositions. They have a close relationship with the german composer Helmut Lachenmann, and have performed and recorded his first string quartet “Gran Torso”.
Furthermore in 2019, the renowned composer Marton Illes will write a string quartet dedicated to them.
W. A. Mozart: String quartet KV 387 in G Major
György Kurtag: 12 Microludes
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: String quartet Op. 44, No. 2 in E Minor
Donnerstag, 14. März
Hier ein Liveclip der Band, sowie ein Musikvideo und ein Videoporträt:
Weitere Informationen, Musik sowie Videos der Band findet Ihr auf www.edi-nulz.com.
Freitag, 15. März
Practically Married #14 featuring Meschiya Lake
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.
For this concert they will be joined by two integral parts of the New Orleans Jazz Scene; Meschiya Lake and Leo Forde. Completing the line up are the great Berlin based Eldar Tsalikov and Ugo Alunni.
This is sure to be a busy one, so come early to grab a seat!
“Meschiya Lake rocks back on her heels, lifts her chest, and opens her throat like an air raid siren to croon in a thrilling pre-microphone style that…can make you feel by turns as though you were shivering around a campfire in a railroad yard or drinking in a Budapest nightclub in 1938.”
— DAN BAUM, THE NEW YORKER
“Close to the end of the set, she sang a Bessie Smith blues with the line, ‘I’m as good as any woman in your town.’ In New Orleans music, that’s a bold statement – but she is, and better, too.”
— ALISON FENSTERSTOCK, NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE
Samstag, 16. März
Eintauchen ins Unbekannte. Träumen und Wünschen nachgehen. Irrnis und Wirrnis erleben. Dort im verborgenen Dunkel den Deckel anheben und staunen: Hier spielen 4 Jazzmusiker um ihre Seele. Sie lassen sich ein auf den Swing Amerikas, die populäre Musik Europas, schauen ebenso ins hier und jetzt wie in die Zukunft. Es entsteht eine neue Ästhetik aus Leidenschaft, Tiefe und Nostalgie, Glanz und Strahlkraft. Und alles das nahm seinen Ursprung am Hermannplatz…
Charlotte Joerges- Saxophon
Béla Meinberg- Klavier
Christian Müller- Bass
Nathan Ott- Schlagzeug