Jazz Kollektiv Festival


What is jazz anyway? I don’t think anyone really knows. To a lot of us it’s Miles Davis or John Coltrane, or it’s black dudes in the thirties with sharp suits and trumpets and sweat beneath a spotlight, to some jazz is embodied by people staring at the ground with rapt expressions, nodding their head slightly as if having just conceived the beauty of Einstein’s last unproven thesis, grinning for no apparent reason from time to time, while a small band of equally concentrated musicians on stage look like they’re also plugged into some current that the rest of us mere mortals just don’t have access to.

Happily – in my opinion – the Berlin Jazz Kollektiv defies all of these definitions and comes up with their own – a music not defined by its limitations but by an open panorama of possibilities, by stylistic and personal openness. Or as Wolf Kampmann put it, “jazz is finally allowed to be both intelligent and fun”.

The upcoming 12th Kollektiv Nights festival will showcase a range of bands that reflect this approach, with a special spotlight on Swiss bands, and runs from the 7th to the 9th September. Below are some of the bands that you can look forward to hearing:

Jazzkollektiv Berlin

Fokus Schweiz

7. – 9. September 2015

Alte Jakobstraße 12
10969 Berlin

Beginn jeweils 20 Uhr

U-Bahn: Moritzplatz, Kochstraße, Hallesches Tor
Bus: M29 Waldeckplatz, 248 Jüdisches Museum
Eintritt: 18€ (ermäßigt 12€), Festivalpass: 40€ (ermäßigt 25€)

Montag, 7.9.15

Christian Weidner Quartett (D/CH)
Christian Weidner – as
Achim Kaufmann – p
Henning Sieverts – b
Samuel Rohrer – dr

Aberratio Ictus (D/CH)
Ronny Graupe – git
Rea Dubach – voice
Laura Schuler – vl

Lauer Large (D/CH)
Matthias Schriefl – tp/flg
Mats Spillmann – tp/flg
Andreas Tschopp – tb
Gerhard Gschlößl – tb
Silvio Cadotsch – tb
Johannes Lauer – tb
Christian Weidner – sax
Florian Trübsbach – sax, fl, ,cl, ob
Wanja Slavin – sax, cl
Reto Suhner – sax, cl, fl
Ronny Graupe – git
Philipp Schauffelberger – git
Henning Sieverts – b
Daniel Schröteler – dr
Laura Robles – perc

Dienstag, 8.9.15

Schapitzki (D/DK)
Felix Wahnschaffe – sax
Marc Schmolling – p
Andreas Lang – b
Moritz Baumgärtner – dr

Julian Sartorius Solo (CH)
Julian Sartorius – dr

Mats Up (CH)
Matthias Spillmann – tp/flgh
Reto Suhner – sax
Marc Méan – p
Raffaele Bossard – b
Dominic Egli – dr

Mittwoch, 9.9.15

Ein Gschlößl Pöschl mit Cavenati (D/I)
Gerhard Gschlößl – sousa/tb
Alberto Cavenati – git
Sunk Pöschl – dr

SchnellerTollerMeier (CH)
Andi Schnellmann – b
Manuel Troller – git
David Meier – dr

Reich Durch Pfand (D)
Rudi Mahall – bcl, cl
Gerhard Gschlößl – tb
Johannes Fink – b
Björn Lücker – dr

Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a 'recovering musician', he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.

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