NEWS

  • WE’RE BACK, BEHBEE!

    We can now announce that we will restart our regularly weekly schedule (open stage on Tuesday, shows Wed.-So.) effective 15 June, 2021. Check our website or our Facebook page for the most recent updates. The fun gets started with the return of Two-Song Tuesday on the 15th of June. Get tested, show up early, play some songs. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/794080241478661

    Di, 15. Juni Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
    Mi, 16. Juni SECRETSURPRISE SHOW

    Do, 17. Juni Wespel/Gropper/Müller/Black
    Fr, 18. Juni Declan Forde’s SPROGGITS
    Sa, 19. Juni KOLBEINSSON / JERMYN / SANTNER 
    So, 20. Juni Karl Ivar Refseth, solo vibraphone 
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    Di, 15. Juni
    Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //

    ///////////////////////////// TWO-SONG TUESDAY ////////////////////////////////
    [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 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
    — a small terrible PA, accepting guitar/XLR cables (new one coming soon!)

    “But what about Covid-19”
    Yep, we know. 🙁 No more than 25 people may be in our stage area at any time. Those wishing to enter after that capacity has been reached can enjoy a drink or a taco in the back room or outside on our sidewalk seating until more spaces become available.

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


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    Mi,16. Juni
    MUTED

    MUTED
    an evening themed by host tobias christl
    #7: Nick Drakes „Pink Moon“

    Tobias Christl (voc)
    Povel Widestrand (p)
    Matthias Pichler (b)


    Tobias Christl
    http://www.tobias-christl.de
    https://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/aber-hello

    Tobias Christl is a voice artist and all-round musician. He is a songwriter, improviser, voice-over artist, composer and initiator, and plays the piano, keyboards, clarinet and guitar. His musical passion has given his vocal expression an unlimited horizon. He studied Vocal Jazz amongst others with Theo Bleckmann in NY, Michael Schiefel (HfM Weimar), Anette von Eichel (HfM Cologne).
    Tobias Christl sings and plays in numerous bands and projects and his vast stylistic range makes him one of the leading singers in Germany. He is equally in demand as a studio singer.
    He has toured through countries including the USA, Russia, Taiwan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy and has won prizes such as the Jugend Kulturell competition, the Vokal.total competition, the German Music Video Award, was nominated for the Jazz Echo, the Bremen Jazz Prize and was in the final of the Panikpreis competition.


    POVEL WIDESTRAND
    https://www.holontrio.com
    The Swedish pianist Povel Widestrand counts among the aspiring young musicians of the European jazz scene. Following classical piano studies, he studied at the Fridhems Folkhögskola, Svalöv (Sweden) in a one-year program of study in 2011 and continued his piano studies at the Berlin Jazz Institute (UdK/HfM Hanns Eisler) a year later with Wolfgang Köhler, among others. In 2017, he concluded his studies with top marks. He is the laureate of various awards, among them „Jazzkatten – Newcomer of the year 2018“ awarded by the Swedish National Radio, and has performed at festivals such as the Umeå Jazz Festival. He lives at present in Berlin and takes part in many active projects with groups such as Dyki Lys, Mirna Bogdanovic Quintet, Felix Henkelhausen Quintet and the Musina Ebobissé Quintet. In addition, he is currently working on a solo project.


    MATTHIAS PICHLER
    https://matthiaspichlermusic.com
    Matthias Pichler, born 1981, studied classical double bass at the Conservatory in Innsbruck, and jazz bass at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. He received the Hans-Koller Award in 2004, which included a travel grant for a New York residence where he took lessons with John Patitucci, Larry Grenadier and Marc Johnson. In 2006, he gained the Hans-Koller Award in the category “Sideman of the year”. In 2010, he won the first prize in the Jazz Competition of the international Double Bass Congress “Bass2010” in Berlin.
    In 2014 and 2015 he was finalist of the New German Jazz Award. Matthias was a member of the Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio for 8 years, and played with many more internationally renowned musicians. Concerts with these artists brought him to over 30 countries all over the world. Matthias spent the last 3 years living in New York City and just moved back to Berlin. He is part of various formations with a broad range of musical styles.


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    Do, 17. Juni 
    Wespel/Gropper/Müller/Black

    Jo Wespel (git, fx)
    Phil Gropper (sax)
    Kaspar Müller (analog synth, fx)
    Jim Black (drums)

    Jo and Kasper from Subwater Beats Kollektiv invite Phil and Jim from the Berlin Jazz and Impro scene. One can be sure that a lot of stuff will happen. Yippie!


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    Fr, 18. Juni 
    Declan Forde’s SPROGGITS

    DONAU LIVES!

    After a long hiatus it’s wonderful to return to Donau115 with a new band and some new music. We’ll play one set of music written for the night, and one set of standards.

    Fabiana Striffler – Violin
    Declan Forde – Piano/compositions
    Paul Santner – Bass
    Jordan Dinsdale – Drums

    http://www.fabianastriffler.com/
    https://declanfordemusic.com/
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Santner
    https://www.instagram.com/jordandinsdale1994/


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    Sa, 19. Juni 
    KOLBEINSSON / JERMYN / SANTNER 
    Sölvi Kolbeinsson – Alto Saxophone
    Simon Jermyn – Bass
    Max Santner – Drums

    Sölvi Kolbeinsson, Simon Jermyn and Max Santner will present a collection of original compositions and free improvisations. An exploration between composed ideas and open form structures.

    maxsantner.com
    www.simonjermynmusic.com
    solvikolbeinsson.bandcamp.com


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    So, 20. Juni
    Karl Ivar Refseth, solo vibraphone 



    Ein Vibraphonist zwischen melodischer Schönheit und seelenvoller Intensität.
    Mit seinem unverkennbar persönlichen Sound ist Karl Ivar Refseth als Solist, Bandleader und Sideman bekannt geworden. Seit rund sieben Jahren spielt der Vibraphonist bei Deutschlands innovativsten Indierockern The Notwist, aktuell brilliert er auch an der Seite von Songschreiber Gisbert zu Knyphausen. Im unkonventionellen Tied & Tickled Trio mit Drum-Legende Billy Hart setzen Refseths harmonische und rhythmische Kaskaden ebenso Akzente wie in den ersten Produktionen des Andromeda Mega Express Orchestras. Zudem komponierte und spielte Refseth neben Console alias Martin Gretschmann für Andreas Ammers Hörspiel Gott. Vor gut zwei Jahren veröffentlichte der in Berlin lebende Norweger sein zweites eigenes Album Praying (Traumton Records), aufgenommen mit Saxophonist Christian Weidner und Kontrabassist Matthias Pichler. Die von Refseth geschriebenen Stücke fesselten mit einer individuellen Ästhetik, die zwischen melodiöser Kontemplation und subtilem Kammer-Jazz changierte. „Eine staunenswerte Reise für die Sinne und Emotionen“, befand etwa das Schweizer Radio SRF und Tor Hammero konstatierte: „there’s a hidden Norwegian jazz-treasure in Berlin.“ Das Trio gab gefeierte Konzerte u.a. bei den Festivals Enjoy Jazz, X-Jazz Berlin und Anjazz Hamar.
    „Musik kann starke Aussagen machen, manchmal gerade in leisen, meditativen Momenten“, ist Karl Ivar Refseth überzeugt. Nach dem sensiblen Album Prayer geht er mit seinem neuen Soloprogramm noch einen Schritt weiter. Seine Kompositionen setzen auf die Schönheit einfacher Melodien, sein Spiel berührt durch eine in der Ruhe liegende Kraft und beseelte Tiefe. Auf dieser Basis changiert Refseth zwischen rhythmischen Mustern, anschwellender Dynamik und längeren improvisierten Passagen, die harmonische Strukturen erweitern. Bewusst verzichtet er auf elektronische Effekte, entwickelt rein akustisch eine umso stärkere, lebendige Intensität – und überraschend vielfältige Klanglandschaften. Zuweilen setzt er auch seine Stimme ein, vor allem aber erweiterte Anschlagstechniken. Er bringt die Metallplatten des Vibraphons mit Geigenbögen zum Schwingen, nutzt Schlagzeug- und andere Sticks, lässt Töne durch spezielles „bending“ vibrieren, erzeugt flirrende Obertöne und Flageoletts. Refseths fein ziselierte Stücke fesseln durch warmherzige Atmosphäre und spannende Variationen.
    1977 wurde Karl Ivar Refseth in Lillehammer geboren. Als Jugendlicher spielte er in einer lokalen Blaskapelle und entwickelte eine Liebe zum Jazz. Trotzdem studierte er in Oslo zunächst Klassik, um sein Spektrum zu erweitern. Nach dem Examen 2005 konzentrierte sich Refseth überwiegend auf improvisierte Musik. Gleichzeitig zog es ihn ins Ausland. „Mein Wahl fiel auf Berlin, weil David Friedman hier war.“ Von dem einst aus New York in die deutsche Hauptstadt umgesiedelten Vibraphon-Großmeister hat Refseth Raffinesse im Detail gelernt. „Ich kam als Schlagzeuger zu David und wurde bei ihm zum Vibraphonisten. Er lässt das Instrument dreidimensional werden.“
    Die Erfahrungen der letzten zwei Dekaden prägen Refseths persönlichen Stil. Er liebt Bach, Beethoven und Brahms, die Beseeltheit von Albert Ayler und Svjatoslav Richter, den persönlichen, tiefgründigen Ton von Dexter Gordon und John Coltrane. Ebenso schätzt er die wegweisenden Elektronik-Visionen Martin Gretschmanns. Was er nicht mag sind Genre-Denken und musikalische Einschränkungen, insbesondere im Bereich der klassischen Musik. Für Karl Ivar Refseth steht fest: „das Vibraphon kommt mehr zu seinem Recht, wenn man auch seine Möglichkeiten für Melodien, schwebende Klangfarben und Transparenz nutzt.“ Das gelingt dem klugen Individualisten herausragend. Auf eine Art, die Fans von Jazz und Pop, Minimal- und Groove-Music gleichermaßen beeindruckt.

    Videolinks:
    Karl Ivar Refseth Solo: https://vimeo.com/265220727
    Karl Ivar Refseth Trio: https://youtu.be/GQLc22AH-J0

    Appearing with
    -The Notwist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0kbgYx0yOc
    -Gisbert zu Knyphausen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j6N-Cpx3XU&feature=share
    -Enders Room: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NecNXRb5Pis&feature=youtu.be


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    OPENING HOURS:
    TUES-SUN FROM 18.00 -00.00 // // // // //

    Plague Fun: Corona Rules

    Case numbers are low, but the bug’s still around so we will be taking many measures to make sure we’re all doing our part to end the pandemic once and for all.

    1: OUTSIDE SEATING- To join us outside, you must provide contact tracing information. We will keep this information safe for the required amount of time and destroy it with fire once that time has ellapsed.

    2: INSIDE SEATING- To join us inside, you must provide contact tracing information as above. Additionally, you must provide either a negative test result from the previous 24 hours or proof of full vaccination, without exception. If you want to see a show inside, plan accordingly.

    3: NO STANDING ROOM- If you are inside, you must be either seated or moving. Absolutely no standing will be allowed. A maximum of ten people, from a maximum of five households, may sit at a table pod.

    4: TABLE SERVICE- Please do not come up to the bar. One of us will come to your table and take your drink order.

    6: MASKS- wear one when walking around the space

    5: CLOSING TIME- We will shut down the bar at midnight (00:00), which means last call for drinks will happen around 11:30. Please treat our staff with patience as they enforce this rule. We hope to be able to party with you without time limits soon, but for a bit longer we must follow these rules. Be patient. It will be worth the wait.

    6: BE PATIENT AND FLEXIBLE- These rules are subject to change. We follow the directions of the Berlin Senate and when they provide new guidelines we will follow those. Always check the FB event or the website prior to coming to the concert to make sure you’re prepared for any government limitations that may have been imposed since last time you checked.

  • Choot choot! Get on that Jazzwoche Streamboat.

    Get on board the Jazzwoche Streamboat, launching in +/- 2 hours. https://www.field-notes.berlin/de/festivals/56975/jazzwoche-berlin-3/59536/streamboat/

    Direct YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8GYut6ofwc

  • WE’RE BACK ON JUNE 11TH!

    We will post more details here as they become available.

    June 11th

    Jazzwoche: Scheitern in der Krise (discussion, STREAM ONLY during discussion but the bar will be open after the stream at +/- 9pm)

    More info: https://www.field-notes.berlin/de/festivals/56975/jazzwoche-berlin-3/58955/diskurs/58956/11-juni-18-30-uhr-panel-scheitern-in-der-krise

    June 12th

    A special performance from the back of a rickshaw organized by Jazzwoche — more info here: https://www.field-notes.berlin/de/festivals/56975/jazzwoche-berlin-3/58533/konzerte/

    June 15th

    Two-Song Tuesday is back! (I have been wanting to type that for so so so so long. -CM) Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/794080241478661/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%7D]%7D

    …UND WEITER?

    We’ll post more info ASAP. You can check our Facebook page, which we will start using again in the coming week. We will also post updates here. You can also sign up for our email list if you want to get emails about concerts at Donau115.

    SEEEEEEEEE

    YOUUUUUUU

    SOOOOOOON

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DEUTSCHER JAZZPREIS — DONAU115 NOMINIERTE FÜR CLUB DES JAHRES?!?

    Wir sind ganz überrascht, entspannt, und dankbar, Deutscher Jazzpreis!

    Wir druck die Daumen, nicht nur für uns aber auch für unsere Kollege Jazzclub Unterfahrt in München, Loft in Köln, und alle andere Musikladen Deutschlandweit, für eine bessere 2021 und eine grenzelose Zukunft.

    // Mehr info von Deutscher Jazzpreis hier //

  • DIESE WOCHE: 27. OKTOBER – 1. NOVEMBER 2020

    Di, 27. OktoberTwo-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
    Mi, 28. OktoberBanner/Merlo/Leibson/Attias

    Do, 29. Oktober Johannes Metzger Quartett
    Fr, 30. Oktober Christoph Möckel/Peter Meyer/Andi Haberl
    Sa, 31. Oktober Mirna Bogdanovic Group
    So, 1. November Nora Eleven

    Unfortunately TACO KWEEN isn’t there this week, but he’ll be back next TUES, FRI & SAT 18.30-22-00
    Come try the best Mexican food in town!

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    Di, 27. Oktober
    Two-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //

    ///////////////////////////// TWO-SONG TUESDAY ////////////////////////////////
    [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 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
    — a small terrible PA, accepting guitar/XLR cables (new one coming soon!)

    “But what about Covid-19”
    Yep, we know. 🙁 No more than 25 people may be in our stage area at any time. Those wishing to enter after that capacity has been reached can enjoy a drink or a taco in the back room or outside on our sidewalk seating until more spaces become available.

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

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    Mi, 28. OktoberBanner/Merlo/Leibson/Attias

    Michaël Attias – Saxophone
    Santiago Leibson – Piano
    James Banner – Bass
    Fermín Merlo – Drums

    original and improvised music

    As a leader, Michael Attias has released six critically acclaimed albums since 2005: Credo, Renku, REnku in Coimbra, Twines of Colesion, Spun Tree and Nerve Dance. As a sideman, he has performed and recorded all over the world alongside some of today’s most compelling musicians: Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Anthony Coleman, Masabumi Kikuchi, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Oliver Lake, Tom Rainey, John Hébert, Nasheet Waits, Sean Conly, Ken Filiano, Kris Davis, and many others.
    Santiago Leibson is an Argentinian pianist living in New York since 2014. In 2019 Santiago made his Carnegie Hall debut playing a solo concert of original and classical compositions at the series “Sophia Rossoff Presents”. He also has worked with artists such as Guillermo Klein, Francisco Mela, Drew Gress and Tony Malaby, among others.
    Michael and Santiago met in New York and have worked together in different projects including Shawn Lovato Microcosms, Javier Moreno Sextet and a collective band formed by Attias, Leibson, Matt Pavolka, Mark Ferber and Kenny Warren.
    They are joined by two Berlin-based improvising musicians Fermín Merlo and James Banner.

    https://outofyourheadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chos-la-nuit

    https://santiagoleibson.bandcamp.com/album/la-cancel
    https://michaelattias.com
    https://www.santiagoleibson.com
    https://jamesbanner.com
    https://www.facebook.com/ferminmerloahora/

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    Do, 29. Oktober 
    Johannes Metzger Quartett

    Marc Doffey – Saxophon
    Morten Duun Aarup – Gitarre
    Fabian Timm – Bass
    Johannes Metzger – Schlagzeug/Komposition

    Die vier Jazzmusiker aus Berlin haben sich 2017 zu einem Ensemble zusammengefunden,
    dass die Möglichkeiten von Komposition und Improvisation im zeitgenössischen Jazz neu
    auslotet.
    „Ungeachtet etlicher solistischer Ausflüge, in denen die Interpreten ihre ausnahmslos
    bemerkenswerte Qualifikation unter Beweis stellten, bestimmte das gleichberechtigte
    Miteinander den Gang der Dinge “ – Schaumburger Zeitung
    Angestoßen durch die aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Debatten, beschäftigt sich das Johannes
    Metzger Quartett in seinem neuen Programm mit dem Begriff „Heimat“. Was ist Heimat
    überhaupt? Welche Rolle spielt „Heimat“ im musikalischen Kontext unserer Zeit, speziell
    im zeitgenössischen Jazz? Was kann ich als Jazzmusiker*in der Diskussion hinzufügen?
    Diesen Fragen stellt sich die Band bei jedem Konzert aufs Neue und nimmt das Publikum
    auf eine Reise mit, bei der es nicht nur die vier Musiker kennen lernt, sondern vielleicht
    auch ein kleines Stückchen neue Heimat.
    Einflüsse wie die Traditionen des Jazz, Folklore und auch europäische Klassik, die
    gegensätzlich wirken mögen, vereint das Ensemble zu einem Ganzen, in dem das Quartett
    eine musikalische Heimat gefunden hat, in der aber auch über die Musik hinaus keine
    Grenzen gesetzt sind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA-gf8aw4Xk

    https://www.johannes-metzger.com

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    Fr, 30. Oktober 
    Christoph Möckel/Peter Meyer/Andi Haberl

    Christoph Möckel – Saxophone/Bassclarinet/Fx
    Peter Meyer – Guitar/Fx
    Andi Haberl – Drums

    An evening full of exciting and electronic improvised Music with
    3 of Berlins finest jazz-musicians.

    www.christophmoeckel.com

    Foto by www.richterkoeln.de

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    Sa, 31. Oktober 
    Mirna Bogdanovic Group
    Mirna Bogdanovic – voc/efx
    Peter Meyer – guit/efx
    Povel Widestrand – pno/synth
    Felix Henkelhausen – bass
    Philip Dornbusch – drums

    Original music somewhere between instrumental and vocal, jazz mixed with electronic and pop! After studying piano at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana Mirna Bogdanović pursued studies in jazz vocals, graduating from Jazz Institute Berlin. Soon to debut as a recording artist, Bogdanović’s album in the making involves a subtle interlacement of classical vocal techniques and contemporary methods.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrX-heUQEDE

    https://vimeo.com/426055275/3886c3dea9
    mirnabogdanovic.com

    Photo: Dovile Sermokas

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    OPENING HOURS:
    TUES-SUN FROM 18.00 -23.00

    2 SHOWS PER NIGHT:
    1ST SHOW 20.00
    2ND SHOW 21.30
    APPROXIMATELY 25 people fit inside our bar per show & there is no reservation system, so come early if you want to get a place 
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    WAS DEMNÄCHST PASSIERT

    Di, 3. NovemberTwo-Song Tuesday // OPEN MIC //
    Mi, 4. NovemberONA Series

    Do, 5. November Phillip Dornbuschs Projektor
    Fr, 6. November Evan Parker is my hero
    Sa, 7. November MutedSo, 8. November Julia Bilat