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!