Donaustrasse 115, Berlin 12043 ... Öffnungszeiten: 19:30-0?:00


Di, 17. Dezember Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
Mi, 18. Dezember Greg Cohen and Declan Forde: A to Z
Do, 19. Dezember Richard Koch Quartett – Wald
Fr, 20. Dezember Practically Married #22
Sa, 21. Dezember Felix Hauptmann Trio

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Di, 17. Dezember
Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
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[sign up 19:00 // start 20:00]

Calling all songwriters!
Calling all composers and instrumentalists and synth wizards!
Calling all poets and writers and storytellers!

Do you have new solo or duo material you’re itching to present?
Join us for Donau115’s semi-regular open stage series, Two-Song Tuesdays.

Your set may include TWO SONGS or last TEN MINUTES.

“How do I get booked?”
Just show up // There is no pre-booking // Sign up opens at 19:00 (first come, first booked) // The first performer will begin at 20:00 // No soundcheck – so be ready: Slip on, blow minds, slip off.

“What can I play?”
This is entirely up to you. Out of respect for our neighbours:
You may NOT use loud percussion and loud bass-heavy signals into the PA.
You are welcome to use our backline, which includes: piano // generic vocal microphones // small PA, accepting guitar/XLR cables (NO RCA OR MINIJACK INPUTS, so if you need converters you’ll have to bring them.)


Mi, 18. Dezember
Greg Cohen and Declan Forde: A to Z
Donau115's photo.
Greg Cohen – Double Bass
Declan Forde – Piano

26 pieces of music across two sets.
“Mr Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx”.
“Fjord Nymphs XV beg a quick waltz”.
“Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz”.
A linguistical journey; a logistical nightmare.

* Five of the letters in the English Alphabet are vowels: A, E, I, O, U.
* The remaining 21 letters are consonants: B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Z, and usually W and Y. Written English includes the digraphs: ch ci ck gh ng ph qu rh sc sh th ti wh wr zh. These are not considered separate letters of the alphabet.
* Two letters, “A” and “I,” also constitute words.
* Until fairly recently (until 1835), the 27th letter of the alphabet (right after “z”) was the ampersand (&).
* The English Alphabet is based on the Latin script, which is the basic set of letters common to the various alphabets originating from the classical Latin alphabet.


Greg Cohen is a bass player. He has also worked as an arranger, producer, musical director and composer for the theatre, film, television and recording studios. The recordings he has been a part of have received various critical acclaim – including the Pulitzer Prize (Ornette Coleman), gold records and many album of the year awards.

He has worked with a variety of artists in many styles of music.

From A (Woody Allen, Laurie Anderson, Fiona Apple)

To Z (John Zorn, Tom Ze)

Some of the artists in-between are Susana Baca, Danny Barker, Bar Kokhba, Hal Blaine, Brian Blade, David Byrne, Carlinhos Brown, Bono Gal Costa, Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Conte Condoli, Sheryl Crow, Uri Caine, Holly Cole, Chas ’n Dave, Rosanne Cash, Vinicio Caposselo, James Carter, Bob Dylan, Dave Douglas, Donovan, Francesco De Gregori, Eddy Davis, Kenny Davern, Teddy Edwards, Brian Eno, Marty Ehrlich, Hamid El Kasri, Bill Frisell, Marianne Faithfull, Mark Feldman, Victor Feldman, Crystal Gayle, Ben Goldberg, Gypsy Kings, Marty Grosz, Bebel Gilberto Jesse Harris, Billy Higgins, Herbert Hardesty, Keith Ingham, Norah Jones, Antony Johnson, Joe Jackson, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Dr. John, Lee Konitz, Haino Keiji, Kronos Quartet, Dagmar Krause, Jim Keltner, Gary Lucas, Greg Leisz, Awa Ly Shelly Manne, Marisa Monte, Masada, Masada String Trio, Mischa Mengelberg, Geoff Muldauer, Bette Midler, Giovanna Marini, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Odetta, Madeleine Peyroux, Ken Peplowski, Marc Ribot, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Annie Ross, Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Springsteen, Tim Sparks, Sting, Little Jimmy Scott, Ed Sanders, Chango Spasiuk, Jamie Saft, The Surfers, David Sanborn, Dino Saluzzi, Tricky, Tommy Tedesco, James Taylor, Gianmaria Testa, Tom Waits, Victoria Williams, Charlie Watts, Loudon Wainwright, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wollesen, Dhafer Youssef Karim Ziad.

Collaborations include artists such as:

Wim Wenders, Francis Coppola, BBC Philharmonic, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Altman, Hal Wilner, Chicago Symphony, Penn and Teller, William S. Burroughs, Tokyo Philharmonic, Ruhrtrienalle Ochestre National de Lyon, Robert Wilson, Alan Watts, Laurie Anderson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tom Waits, Ethan Hawke, Irmin Schmidt.

As leader, Cohen can be heard on the recordings Golden State (with Bill Frisell), Moment to Moment and Way Low.


Declan Forde is a pianist from Scotland and has been living in Berlin since 2014. In these past five years Forde has become the pianist of choice in Berlin across a broad spectrum of musical situations. From from Early Jazz with Igor Spallati’s Musicomaniacs, to performing the music of Duke Ellington with American bassist Greg Cohen (Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Woody Allen, etc.); original music with James Banner’s Usine to freely improvised music with the likes of John Hollenbeck, Tobias Delius, Max Andrzejewski, Cansu Tanrikulu, Rudi Mahal, Jan Roder and Michael Griener.
Forde also performs solo and was invited by the Berliner Festspiele to perform as part of American artist Rashid Johnson’s installation Antoine’s Organ at Berlin’s Gropius Bau July-December 2019 (part of the exhibition Garden of Earthly Delights).
He curates a monthly series at the club Donau115, named ‘one of the best jazz clubs in Europe’ by The Guardian, with bassist James Banner. The duo released their first album ‘Circus’ featuring João Lopes Pereira in October 2018.
Beyond the world of Jazz and improvised music, Forde has performed, toured and recorded for over ten years with the Scottish singer and artist Rachel Sermanni.


Do, 19. Dezember 
Richard Koch Quartett – Wald

Richard Koch (AT) – Trompete,
Komposition Michael Hornek (AT) – Klavier
Igor Spallati (IT) – Kontrabass
Moritz Baumgärtner (DE) – Schlagzeug

“Der Wurm lockert den Boden, bloß um wenige Minuten später im Schnabel eines Vogels zu landen. Der Vogel trällert zum Dessert eine Melodie. Und zwischen den Bäumen in einer kleinen Lichtung, da steht Richard Koch mit seiner Trompete, aufmerksam zuhörend, das Naturschauspiel genießend, bevor er begeistert mit einsteigt in das wilde Nahrungskettenensemble. Ist das Jazz?
Unbedingt. Das Richard Koch Quartett ist eine der großen Entdeckungen des Berliner Jazzjahrs 2018 und hoffentlich noch weit darüber hinaus.”
Maurice Summen.

„Mit seinen … songhaften Melodien und spielfreudigen Soli zeigt das Richard Koch Quartett, wie sich gewitzte Kunst und kluge Unterhaltung perfekt vereinen lassen.“ Norbert Krampf, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
„Ich bin sehr angetan von der Frische, vom Elan, von der Originalität … Es macht mir großen Spaß zuzuhören, und das passiert mir gar nicht mal so häufig.
Kurzum: Klasse.“
Bert Noglik

Richard Koch spielt u. a. mit dem Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Jimi Tenor, den Beatsteaks und Nils Frahm.


Fr, 20. Dezember
Practically Married #22

Declan Forde – Piano
James Banner – Bass

+ special guests

Matthew Herd – Alto Saxophone
Ugo Alunni – Drums

Matthew Herd is a Scottish songwriter, composer and saxophonist living in London.

Ugo Alunni is an Italian drummer, philosopher and food critic living in Berlin.
“Life without passion is disgusting” – Ugo Alunni circa. 2017


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 jazz, improvised music and swing dance scenes. They also perform as part of other acts including the award-winning Rachel Sermanni, James Banner’s USINE, The Good Old Good Ones and have performed sold out shows at Spiegesaal and Konzerthaus Berlin (with Fabiana Striffler and Mirna Bogdanovic) and Leeds Jazz Festival in 2018. Upcoming releases are planned for 2019 with Jordan Dinsdale & Will Howard (UK), as well as Toby Delius & Max Andrzejewski playing the music of Herbie Nichols.

They curate a monthly series at Berlin’s Donau115, named ‘one of the best jazz clubs in Europe’ by The Guardian, and released their first album ‘Circus’ featuring João Lopes Pereira in October 2018.


Sa, 21. Dezember
Felix Hauptmann Trio
Donau115's photo.
Felix Hauptmann – Piano
Reza Askari – Bass
Fabian Arends – Drums

Felix Hauptmann was born in 1993 in southwest Germany.
Besides the occupation as a sideman he has been composing and arranging music for piano trio also featuring Christian Weidner on alto for couple of pieces.
Recorded in Summer 2019 at the Saarländischer Rundfunk Saarbrücken, the music will be released as an album in Spring 2020.