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


Di, 28. Januar Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
Mi, 29. Januar Wahnschaffe/Gschlössl-Quartett
Do, 30. Januar
ONA vol.12: Olga Amelchenko Quartet
Fr, 31. Januar Moment’s concept
Sa, 01. Februar Caesar / Caesar / Theodor (Album Release)
So, 02. Februar Orlandi- Kraef- Berkmann

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Di, 28. Januar
Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //

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[sign up 19:00 // start 20:00]
–> Beschreibung in Deutsch weiter unten

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.)

“Anything else?”
Donau115 is a wonderfully weird musician’s musician kind of bar, come expecting oddballs.



Mi, 29. Januar

,,Wahnschaffe/Gschlössl-Quartett plays the Finkwerkeverzeichniss feat. Mathias Ruppnig“

Wie der Name schon sagt, widmet man sich in dieser Band
dem recht umfangreichen Werk von Johannes Fink.
Die 4 aufeinender eingespielten Musiker kreieren eine bunte Pallette an Klängen um die von Johannes Fink vorgegebenen
Johannes Fink bass
Felix Wahnschaffe altsax
Gerhard Gschlössl posaune
Mathias Ruppnik schlagzeug,,Wahnschaffe/Gschlössl-Quartett playing the Finkwerkeverzeichniss feat. Mathias Ruppnig“


Do, 30. Januar
ONA vol.12: Olga Amelchenko Quartet

Olga Amelchenko – Alto saxophone / Composition
Igor Osypov – Guitar
Igor Spallati – Double Bass
Jesus Vega – Drums

Created in November 2015, the Olga Amelchenko Quartet is an international band which brings together active young musicians from the Berlin jazz scene. Crossing barriers and frontiers, they establish a vivid communication through music, and strive for a multicultural form of expression. The bands opens up a field of experimentation, through which the compositions of the young saxophonist blend her modern jazz influences with Folk and Rock.

Photo: Nallelie Vega

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.


Fr, 31. Januar
Moment’s concept

Das Konzept, in welchem der Moment Ausgangspunkt für musikalische Ideen und Entwicklungen ist, scheint in der Improvisation genauso allgegenwärtig wie vielseitig auffassbar zu sein. Gleichzeitig kann dabei der Moment erneut Ausgangspunkt für verschiedene improvisatorische Konzepte sein.

Die Musiker des Trios moment’s concept erforschen diese Doppeldeutigkeit in Ihrer Musik und setzen sie zudem in das Spannungsfeld mit dem Prinzip der Komposition – dem festgehaltenen Moment.

Philipp Rumsch (Klavier), Carl Wittig (Kontrabass) und Tom Friedrich (Schlagzeug) lassen ihre verschiedenen Klangassoziationen einfließen, welche aus dem Jazz, der zeitgenössischen Klassik sowie dem Alternativ-Pop kommen und formen daraus gemeinsam eine eigene, individuelle Klangsprache.

In dieser lotet die Band alle Möglichkeiten zwischen den Extremen der auskomponierten und frei improvisierten Musik sowie der Introvertiertheit und Expressivität aus. Dabei spiegelt sich der hohe Grad an Interaktion sowohl in der Erarbeitung als auch in der Interpretation der Kompositionen wieder.


Sa, 1. Februar
Caesar / Caesar / Theodor (Album Release)

Album Release Konzert!

Thomas Hähnlein – sax
Christian Müller – bass
Clemens Lotz – drums

Puls, Energie, Freiheit. Gemeinsame musikalische Grundwerte stets im Blick, vereint Caesar / Caesar / Theodor ein ständiger Drang nach Entwicklung. Im gemeinschaftlichen Prozess kreiert das Trio einen Sound, unverblümt und mutig einerseits, dennoch eingängig, ohne in Klischees zu verfallen. Inspiration schöpfen Thomas Hähnlein (Saxophon), Christian Müller (Kontrabass) und Clemens Lotz (Schlagzeug), die sich ursprünglich in Amsterdam kennengelernt haben, dabei gleichermaßen aus der amerikanischen Jazztradition wie der lebendigen Berliner Musikszene, die sie mittlerweile ihre Heimat nennen. Auf ganz natürliche Weise führen diese Einflüsse zur Auflösung von Grenzen. Und so treffen sangbare Melodien auf freie Improvisation, Blues-Fragmente auf komplexe rhythmische Strukturen. Wohin sich die Musik von Caesar / Caesar / Theodor noch entwickelt, bleibt dabei offen. So funktionieren Prozesse -stetiger Wandel, Stillstand vermeiden.



So, 2. Februar
Orlandi- Kraef- Berkmann

Paolo Orlandi (drums)
Ben Kraef (tenor saxophone)
Tom Berkmann (bass)

This trio of internationally acclaimed musicians gets together to interpret jazz standards in their own way,
constructing and deconstructing classic songs and performing jazz in it’s raw and improvised form.

Paolo Orlandi:
A tour of the world that starts from Milan and ends in Geneva, passing through the United States and the Middle East. Back in Europe after almost 15 years, Paolo Orlandi begins his musical studies between Milan\and New York. During his New York years he shares the stage with numerous artists, among which stand out the collaborations with the groups of John Patitucci. He also plays with Anthony Wonsey, Ray Gallon, Ed Cherry, Marco Panascia, Marco Pignataro, the CCNY orchestra of Mike Holober and many others. His drums studies continue under the tutoring of Nasheet Waits, Adam Cruz, Portiño and Tony Moreno. Also active in the academic field, Paolo is an adjunct professor of jazz history and drums instructor at the City College of New York. In 2013 Paolo moves to Beirut establishing partnerships with musicians from the MENA region performing in Lebanon, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. He continues his academic activity as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of BeirutSince 2016 he lives in Geneva and keeps his schedule busy playing with many international musicians including Ben Kraef, Moncef Genoud, Giovanni Ceccarelli, Nicolas Masson, Andrea Dulbecco, Alessio Menconi, Larry Porter, Franco Cerri, Gregor Ftičar and the trio of Simone Daclon. Currently drum teacher at the ETM of Geneva, consultant at the Conservatoire Populaire of the Swiss city, Paolo is also guest faculty with Jazz Education Abroad founded by Gene Aitken, writes about jazz drumming on Drumhead Magazine and endorses Canopus Drums.

Tom Berkmann :
Tom Berkmann is a German musician based in Berlin. He studied double bass at the Jazz Institut Berlin and at Manhattan School of Music in New York as a DAAD scholar. He was a semifinalist in the International Double Bass Competition “Bass 2010″, received the German Academy Award for “Best Film Score” in 2013 and won the German Critics Award at the Berlin Film Festival for the Soundtrack of the feature movie “Oh Boy”. The Album of his latest project “Scopes” – that he is co-leading with drummer Mathias Ruppnig – was highly praised by “Downbeat Magazine” and “All About Jazz” among others. It was released on the British label Whirlwind Recordings in 2019 and features Ben van Gelder and Tony Tixier. As a sideman Tom can be heard on various Albums, including Tobias Meinhart’s Berlin People featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Ben Kraef:
Ben Kraef is a German-Montenegrin saxophonist and composer based in Berlin.
Ben graduated from the University of Music “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin. In 2007 he relocated to New York City on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and obtained a Master of Arts from The City College of New York in 2009.
In the past years Ben has won international acclaim in form of several prizes and awards, among these most notably the Biberacher Jazzpreis (2006), the “Concours International de Jazz de Fribourg” (2007), the Yamaha Saxophone Contest (2007), and the Billie Stoller Scholarship to an outstanding scholar and musician from The City College of New York (2008).
Ben’s activities as a performer have included his membership in the renowned National German Youth Big Band (BuJazzO), where he was part of the concert line-up for a total of three years.
He has had the chance to perform throughout Europe, the Middle East, as well as southern Africa and Japan.
The list of internationally renowned musicians Ben has been performing and recording with includes Lalo Schifrin, Archie Shepp, Phil Woods, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, Gunther Schuller, Tania Maria, Jim McNeely, David Gilmore, Jeff “Tain” Watts, George Garzone, Ari Hoenig, Lonnie Plaxico, Charles Tolliver, and Yoshiaki Masuo. Ben has also performed with several well-known pop groups, among these “Wir Sind Helden” and Joy Denalane.
He recorded two albums as a leader. The first one, ‘Berlin – New York’, was released in 2010 on ACT and features bassist John Patitucci, drummer Marcus Gilmore, and pianist Rainer Boehm.
His second record, ‘Think of One’ (shoebill music), was recorded in a trio setting with drummer Albert Tootie Heath and John Patitucci.

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Di, 4. Februar Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
Mi, 5. Februar Gropper/Aaron/Henkelhausen/Black
Do, 6. Februar
Andi Haberl meets Balloon Pilot
Fr, 7. Februar Sk#10: Floating sound, Lebanese indie-pop, saxophone salvos
Sa, 8. Februar Lucas Dorado & Yacarandá
So, 9. Februar Lined – the acoustic sessions