Peter Bjorn and John
October 20th, 19:00
Volksbühne

It’s been five years since Peter Bjorn And John have wowed the world with their musical talents. During a fruitful period of disappearance, the trio have built their own studio, started a record label, and toiled to perfect a formula for effortless sounding pop music that (spoiler alert!) has taken them a huge amount of effort.

The gang of childhood friends who once bonded over a love of ’60s baroque pop and Stone Roses famously broke the mould an entire decade ago with one of the catchiest songs to feature whistling ever – ‘Young Folks’. But as bassist and production whizz Bjorn says, ‘Young Folks’ was not a curse upon a career that is on the verge of entering its seventh era with forthcoming album ‘Breakin’ Point’.

‘Breakin’ Point’ is about the band’s newfound search for another career high. “We started with some other album title ideas – like ‘Thriller 2’. Then we realised we were pushing the envelope so got into the idea of a breaking point. If we broke it once, we can break it twice,” says Bjorn. That’s why the album artwork features a hammer with three heads on it, not just to strike your nightmares, but to send a message out to everyone. “It says – ‘We’re back! We’re smashing it!’

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Sven Helbig & Forrklang Quartett
October 21th, 19:00
Volksbühne

Sven Helbig‘s music is a virtuoso combination of traditional classical music, experimental electronica and pop. His ear for simple, captivating melodies, his well-trained classical
arrangement technique and his sure hand for electronic sound creations create fascinating sound landscapes.
Now Sven is on tour with his Forrklang Quartet and is presenting his latest works as well as chamber music versions of well-known pieces.

Lubomyr Melnyk is a true innovator, exploring new directions for contemporary music. Not only is he regarded as one of the world’s fastest concert pianists, his compositions also truly carry the listener to new realms. To witness one of his rare live performances is nothing short of a mind-opening experience.

Melnyk has shown a remarkable devotion to the instrument, always striving to discover new ways of composing music in the continuous mode. His focus is on the actual sound of the piano as much as the harmonies and melodies of the music.

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Y-Otis
October 19th, 19:00
Auster-Club

The Berlin based Swedish saxophonist Otis Sandsjö (Lucia Cadotsch, Farvel) is now premiering his new brainchild Y-OTIS where he is joining forces with keyboardist Elias Stemeseder (Jim Black Trio, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Philm), bassist Frans Petter Eldh (Django Bates, Peter Evans, Marius Neset, Kit Downes) and drummer Tilo Weber (Animate Repose, Clara Haberkamp Trio, David Friedman). The album is a forward-reaching, multilayered collection of eight originals penned by Sandsjö, and the production, signed by Eldh, can be seen as a continuation of his collaborations with the naive computer jazz artist Jameszoo (Brainfeeder). What you get is a form of liquid jazz, born in an era where the understanding of jazz as a musical language has evolved way beyond the concept of the previous modern.

Informed by hiphop and electronic music, Y-OTIS is pure jazz in the sense that the quartet stays true to its constant mission of creating a new form of musical communication. Sandjö’s circular sax riffs, the albums rich production touch, and the chopped-up jazz form creates a musical concept which stays melodic and beat-laden while being free right to the edge of avantgarde. It’s as if the music is sampling itself, constantly keeping ahead of the curve in the musical lineage of jazz. The self-titled debut album is release on Finnish boutique label We Jazz Records.

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Lubomyr Melnyk
October 21th, 19:00
Volksbühne

Lubomyr Melnyk is a true innovator, exploring new directions for contemporary music. Not only is he regarded as one of the world’s fastest concert pianists, his compositions also truly carry the listener to new realms. To witness one of his rare live performances is nothing short of a mind-opening experience.

Melnyk has shown a remarkable devotion to the instrument, always striving to discover new ways of composing music in the continuous mode. His focus is on the actual sound of the piano as much as the harmonies and melodies of the music.

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Hania Rani
October 21th, 19:00
Volksbühne

Hania Rani is a composer and musician who splits her life between Warsaw and Berlin. Her compositions for piano were born out of a fascination with the piano as an instrument, and her desire to interpret its sound and harmonic possibilities in their entirety and in her own way. With her debut album for Gondwana, to be released in 2019, ‘Esja’ is a cycle of pieces which are varied in character and sound – through them, she aims to project a sense of unlimited space and time, and to echo the influence of Icelandic landscapes and the Polish Bieszczady mountains within her music. ‘Esja’ was recorded in Reykjavik and mixed in Amsterdam by Gijs van Klooster (Joep Beving, Niklas Paschburg). Rani, who currently performs with piano and voice, has appeared on concert stages ranging from the National Philharmonic to the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Both in Poland and internationally she has received awards academically and artistically for her varied projects, most recently a special distinction at the International Transatlantyk Festival in Łódź, and as winner of the Firestone Headliners of Tomorrow competition. She has composed and performed her own music for over six years, crossing boundaries of style and genre with projects such as her new arrangements of songs by John Dowland for string quintet and soloists, a musical-acoustic experiment “Prelude and fugue for 3 acoustics”, and her music for film, theatre, art installations and visual projects. Since 2012 she has also been one half of a duo with cellist Dobrawa Czocher (having released their album „The White Flag”, 2015) and founding member of the band tęskno. Classically trained yet with ambitions and collaborations which speak to the future of contemporary compositional music (including projects with the likes of Christian Löffler, Hior Chronik and Misia Furtak), Rani is ever evolving musically, and ever restless in her musical creations, seeking where her next project might lead her.

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Contrast Trio
October 19th, 19:00
Silent Green Kulturquartier

Jazz meets Electronics meet Folk – Contrast Trio’s new creation is intense, danceable, and full of melancholy. For their third album “Letila Zozulya”, the Frankfurt musicians – the youngest winners in the history of Hesse Jazz prize – traveled to Kiev to record with a Ukrainian choir. In ten days of own production, the band shaped a homogenous, stunning record unrelated to any one genre.

Contrast Trio combines Jazz, Ukrainian Folklore, House and Pop (as heard on “In The Bottle” with singer Insa Rudolph) to a compelling mix that never risks being shallow. Anyone listening to the flight of this colorful cuckoo will realize: the most exciting genre-bending music of 2018 is made by Contrast Trio.

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We Jazz DJ Set
October 19th, 22:00
Auster-Club

The We Jazz DJs bring their unique and danceable Jazz Sound straight from Helsinki to Berlin.

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XJAZZ DJ Set
October 21th, 23:00
Volksbühne

We are expecting a night of great musical selections from the XJAZZ resident DJs.

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