Berlin Concerts

Wir bringen internationale Musikergrößen, aber auch noch zu entdeckende Newcomer auf die Bühnen der Stadt. Vorbeischauen und mit uns spannende Konzerte in den besten Clubs der Stadt erleben!

Pimpy Panda feat. Alana

Pimpy Panda feat. Alana

Funk Neo Soul
2018-08-24

Quasimodo

Pimpy Panda feat. Alana

Pimpy Panda feat. Alana

Funk Neo Soul
2018-08-24
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

When the Panda comes out, everybody gets shaking! With the release of their second album, "Pandrenalin", Pimpy Panda continue their contemporary perspective on Funk, Soul, Jazz and Pop fusion. Shortly after their debut album, "Bamboolicious", in 2016 it was clear that this Panda would set trembling the clubs. Once again, bassist Daniel Hopf has gathered together his thrilling band. "Pandrenalin" is a good reminder of why one shouldn‘t miss a Pimpy Panda concert. At concerts, Panda fans are exposed to some of the most interesting challenges, for example not everyone succeeds in the "Purple Freeze" as it takes an incredible amount of self - control to keep one‘s feet still for even a moment. The Pandas equals a tremendous amount of power, creativity, fun and emotion. "Pandrenalin" will seize not only your legs but your ears as well.

Da Cruz

Da Cruz

world Bossa Drum'n'Bass
2018-08-31

Quasimodo

Da Cruz

Da Cruz

world Bossa Drum'n'Bass
2018-08-31
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Forget Samba. Forget funny football tricks. Just forget all the clichés you know about Brazil. The Berne based group Da Cruz take you to a different place: modern and urban Brazil, a country staggering between revolution and resignation. Da Cruz have translated all the anger and joy, all the hope and despair into extremely danceable songs. On their new album „Eco do Futuro“ singer Mariana Da Cruz has discovering her African roots. Born and raised in Sao Paulo she moved to Switzerland ten years ago, but never actually settled, at least not when it comes to music. On this new record Da Cruz directs an electro-acoustic trip from the subversive communities of Lagos to the favelas of Rio and the townships of Johannesburg, with occasional stopps in the smoke-filled recording studios of Kingston Town and poorly ventilated clubs of London. Blending Kwaito, Baile Funk, Afrobeat, Dub and Hip Hop, „Eco do Futuro“ is a decisively urban „black“ record. Over the past ten years Da Cruz has gained an excellent reputation in the global music scene. Each of its four records has made the Top 10 of the American college radio charts. Newspapers like „The Independent“ and magazines like „Rolling Stone“ have followed and praised Da Cruz's activities.

Ntjam Rosie

Ntjam Rosie

Jazz Soul Afro
2018-09-08

Quasimodo

Ntjam Rosie

Ntjam Rosie

Jazz Soul Afro
2018-09-08
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Soul singer Ntjam Rosie, Cameroon-born and Rotterdam-raised, will shake things up  this summer. She’s elegant, self-consious, a true go-getter and a very talented musician. Ntjam Rosie is Europe’s very own Souldiva to watch. This woman had in her to be that breath of fresh air in today’s music industry and she’s more then ready to proof. Breaking Cycles is the fifth studio album of Ntjam Rosie and the follow-up to The One (2015) which garnered praise from the critics in all the major newspapers and music publications. In March this year she released the single EP Never Give Up, a funky preview to Breaking Cycles. The question “Why am I doing this?” found an answer: to inspire people. “I hope that my songs will give people courage and inspiration. You can overcome anything, break through any difficult situation. But don’t forget that sometimes you have to put in the work. Set yourself goals, but enjoy the ride. If you forget that, a Breakthrough means nothing.”

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-09-13

Quasimodo

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-09-13
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

The Club Band around Cosmo Klein delivers finest Soul and Funk in the tradition of the legendary Berlin Jazzclub Quasimodo. As the cultural heart of west Berlin, being a home to so many great artists, such as Prince, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny or John McLaughlin  for decades, Cosmo Klein and his amazing cast of musicians try to live up to this spirit of the Quasimodo. The concept of the monthly show of singer and producer Cosmo Klein and his Club Band is to set new standards of live club entertainment, taking original live arrangements of Prince, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and many more mixing it up with own material and leaving it‘s audience breathless. The line up of the Band speaks for itself. Each member is exceptional on his instrument and 100 % dedicated to the Funk and nothing but the Funk.

Shakatak

Shakatak

Funk Pop Latin R'n'B
2018-09-19

Quasimodo

Shakatak

Shakatak

Funk Pop Latin R'n'B
2018-09-19
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily for their musicality, enjoying both high “cult” status and instant recognition as a household name due to their numerous hit recordings. Throughout their 38 year career Shakatak have released over 50 CDs. For live performances the band consists of the four original members Bill Sharpe (keys), Jill Saward (lead voc, perc & flt), Roger Odell (dr) and George Anderson (b), augmented with a guitarist and a backing vocalist/saxophonist, producing a musically dynamic and entertaining show from the 6 piece line-up.

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-09-22

Quasimodo

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-09-22
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

The Club Band around Cosmo Klein delivers finest Soul and Funk in the tradition of the legendary Berlin Jazzclub Quasimodo. As the cultural heart of west Berlin, being a home to so many great artists, such as Prince, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny or John McLaughlin  for decades, Cosmo Klein and his amazing cast of musicians try to live up to this spirit of the Quasimodo. The concept of the monthly show of singer and producer Cosmo Klein and his Club Band is to set new standards of live club entertainment, taking original live arrangements of Prince, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and many more mixing it up with own material and leaving it‘s audience breathless. The line up of the Band speaks for itself. Each member is exceptional on his instrument and 100 % dedicated to the Funk and nothing but the Funk.

Pixel

Pixel

Jazz Pop Rock
2018-09-27

Quasimodo

Pixel

Pixel

Jazz Pop Rock
2018-09-27
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Throughout the last years the award-winning Norwegian jazz quartet Pixel has established themselves as one of the leading innovators on the European pop and jazz scene. Playing for sold-out venues across Europe, they continuously push the limits for what a jazz band can be and never stop looking for new ways to tear down the walls between the musical genres of pop and jazz. This is an exciting time in jazz’s evolution, as it expands to embrace other popular musics worldwide. Pixel stands out in this phenomenon, as no one else is melding jazz with the song structure and accessibility of pop and indie rock as they do. All four Pixels are ubiquitous on the fiercely creative Scandinavian jazz scene, which has embraced the quartet as an exemplar of Norway’s populist cutting edge. Slated for a series of major festivals and showcases across the Europe, Pixel is poised to take the jazz world by storm. Like similarly forward thinking groups such as The Bad Plus and Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground, this is definitely jazz, but it's jazz that rock and pop audiences can relate to.

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Germany
Jazz
2018-09-28

Quasimodo

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Germany
Jazz
2018-09-28
Doors
Show
20:00 h
22:30 h
Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Germany
Jazz
2018-09-29

Quasimodo

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Wolfgang Haffner & Band

Germany
Jazz
2018-09-29
Doors
Show
20:00 h
22:30 h
Donny McCaslin

Donny McCaslin

Electronic Jazz Rock
2018-10-11

Quasimodo

Donny McCaslin

Donny McCaslin

Electronic Jazz Rock
2018-10-11
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Three-time Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin is the leading saxophonist, composer, and musical pioneer of his generation, receiving wide commercial and critical acclaim in jazz, rock and electronica circles alike. McCaslin is best known for his collaboration and friendship with the late David Bowie, who tasked McCaslin to work hand-in-hand on his final album, Blackstar. His latest album Beyond Now is dedicated to Bowie. Since its release on Motéma Music in 2016, Beyond Now has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, The New York Times, Associated Press and more. While many have discovered McCaslin for the first time since the release of Blackstar and Beyond Now, his prominent career is over 25 years in the making.

Nina Attal

Nina Attal

Blues Funk Jazz Pop Rock Soul R&B
2018-10-12

Quasimodo

Nina Attal

Nina Attal

Blues Funk Jazz Pop Rock Soul R&B
2018-10-12
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Arriving with style on the Parisian music scene in 2010 with her debut EP Urgency, 26-year-old Nina Attal quickly garnered attention as an artist to keep both eyes fixated on. An electro blues-pop prodigy who takes great delight in introducing fierce funk grooves to spiky pop licks and hooks, all while throwing shapes and riffs inspired by BB King, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Lenny Kravitz from her ever-present electric guitar. This is Nina Attal and she is here to funk up your world.

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-10-18

Quasimodo

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-10-18
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

The Club Band around Cosmo Klein delivers finest Soul and Funk in the tradition of the legendary Berlin Jazzclub Quasimodo. As the cultural heart of west Berlin, being a home to so many great artists, such as Prince, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny or John McLaughlin  for decades, Cosmo Klein and his amazing cast of musicians try to live up to this spirit of the Quasimodo. The concept of the monthly show of singer and producer Cosmo Klein and his Club Band is to set new standards of live club entertainment, taking original live arrangements of Prince, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and many more mixing it up with own material and leaving it‘s audience breathless. The line up of the Band speaks for itself. Each member is exceptional on his instrument and 100 % dedicated to the Funk and nothing but the Funk.

FatsO

FatsO

Blues Electronic Jazz Rock Soul world
2018-10-20

Quasimodo

FatsO

FatsO

Blues Electronic Jazz Rock Soul world
2018-10-20
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Daniel Restrepo, better known to fans as “fatsO”, had a North American childhood and a South American adolescence that marked his life. FatsO grabs the attention of music lovers for his intense narrative, his smoky, dark bar voice and the particular timbre of his wind section. With a sharp lyric-delivery style and full of soul, rock, jazz, and blues – fatsO describes his group as a rock band in a jazz format. FatsO was raised on rock, jazz, African-American and Colombian music, but he sings like a blues singer and plays double bass to narrate about real-life from his own perspective, so all those elements are coming into his compositions. FatsO’s new album will come out on September 21st, 2018 with Jazzhaus, followed by a fall European tour.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets

Funk Fusion Jazz Rock
2018-10-23

Quasimodo

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets

Funk Fusion Jazz Rock
2018-10-23
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

An outgrowth of L.A. Express guitarist Robben Ford’s band founded in 1977, the Yellowjackets came to full buzzing flight four years later with its debut eponymous jazz-funk album, a salient introduction to a new-styled electric fusion of jazz and R&B— a modern take on Weather Report, if you will—for the post Return to Forever/Headhunters decade. The band was an immediate and controversial hit at the time when the jazz pendulum was beginning to swing back in the acoustic direction. Some skeptics didn’t give the Yellowjackets a chance to survive, but here it is 35 years later—hardly trailing the segmented 40-year longevity of MJQ—and the group stretches its impressive longevity by continuing to evolve artistically with its third Mack Avenue Records recording, Cohearence. With two founding members—pianist/keyboardist Russell Ferrante and drummer Will Kennedy—and its longtime reeds player Bob Mintzer (a Jacket since 1990) and a brand-new virtuoso electric bassist, Australia-born Dane Alderson, the Yellowjackets cover a range of jazz flavors, including a rousing Weather Report jazz fusion vibe, a swinging switch-up on John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” a moving rendition of a folk song classic, a funky soul-jazz excursion and a chamber jazz-like grace in the album end-song, “Coherence.” With its pockets of halcyon, buoyance, mystery, tumult and whimsy, Cohearence plays out as a multifaceted documentation of how far the once fusion band has come.

Matt Bianco

Matt Bianco

Bossa Jazz Pop Swing
2018-10-24

Quasimodo

Matt Bianco

Matt Bianco

Bossa Jazz Pop Swing
2018-10-24
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Some things just get better with time. Red wine and self-confidence, for instance, or Matt Bianco. The legendary British group, named after an imaginary Sixties super-spy in the Eighties, is adored around the world for hits like “Half A Minute”, “Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed”, “Whose Side Are You On?”, or “Yeh Yeh”. For their fifteenth album "Gravity”, front-man, vocalist and songwriter Mark Reilly recruited a superb new band. Their mission: reviving and modernizing Matt Bianco’s Bossa- and Jazz-roots, while keeping the easy going swing of former successes, built around the singularly recognizable Dry-Martini-voice of Mark Reilly. The result is an energetic, yet relaxed collection of ten original songs, with enough gravity to please their most sophisticated admirers and plenty of new fans, who might have been bitten by the Jazz-bug via a Gregory Porter or Jamie Cullum.

Nils Wülker

Nils Wülker

Funk Hip-Hop Jazz Pop
2018-10-27

Quasimodo

Nils Wülker

Nils Wülker

Funk Hip-Hop Jazz Pop
2018-10-27
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Bonn native Nils Wülker is one of the most successful jazz trumpet players in Germany. Die Zeit called him a “great melodicist”, and he has made a name for himself with his open musical mind, his pop- and hip-hop influenced songs, and his energetic improvisations. On his latest album, ON, he opens doors to new worlds of sound. A high-spirited and elegant treat uniting hip-hop, pop, and jazz.

Kennedy Administration

Kennedy Administration

Funk Hip-Hop Jazz Pop Soul
2018-10-30

Quasimodo

Kennedy Administration

Kennedy Administration

Funk Hip-Hop Jazz Pop Soul
2018-10-30
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Kennedy Administration with credits ranging from Stevie Wonder, Gregory Porter and Andra Day to Lauryn Hill and a roster of acclaimed «musician’s musicians» in between, Kennedy Administration’s instrumental trio has seen, heard and played a lot of great music over the past few years. The band has been refining their sound and irresistible stage presence for three years at their Groove residency in NYC. With this quartet's singular namesake at the microphone, Kennedy, you’ll experience right away how hard it is not to be captured by her joy and energy. Forging a sound and identity for itself, Kennedy Administration is creating sensory, soulful modern jazz with elements of R&B, hip-hop and pop judiciously applied. You will move to the rhythms of Nat Townsley and feel every vibe Ondre J plays when the funk, jazz and R&B sounds leave the keys.

Ida Nielsen & Band

Ida Nielsen & Band

Funk Hip-Hop Reggae Worldmusic
2018-10-31

Quasimodo

Ida Nielsen & Band

Ida Nielsen & Band

Funk Hip-Hop Reggae Worldmusic
2018-10-31
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Ida Nielsen is a Danish bass player and multi-instrumentalist & composer who might be mostly known for the honourable task of holding down the low end for the legendary artist Prince. She joined his band the “NPG” in 2010 and started touring immediately after. In 2013 the 4 piece powerhouse rockband “3rdeyegirl” was thrown into the mix as well and added a whole new row of venues and recordings. Ida was part of his bands until his tragic and untimely passing in April 2016. But Ida also has a very funky project of her own and has just released her third solo album “turnitup” on which she produced, programmed and (except for the live drums) played everything herself. The music is best described as a mixture of old school funk and hiphop with elements of reggae and world music -with ear catching melodies and lots of bass. Her first single: “Showmewhatugot” was hand picked personally by Prince to be “Purple pick of the week” on Tidal when it was released. Ida promises to deliver a smashing high energy funk show packed with good vibes and tight grooves. You can’t fake the funk!

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-11-01

Quasimodo

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Quasimodo Club Band feat. Cosmo Klein

Funk Pop Soul
2018-11-01
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

The Club Band around Cosmo Klein delivers finest Soul and Funk in the tradition of the legendary Berlin Jazzclub Quasimodo. As the cultural heart of west Berlin, being a home to so many great artists, such as Prince, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny or John McLaughlin  for decades, Cosmo Klein and his amazing cast of musicians try to live up to this spirit of the Quasimodo. The concept of the monthly show of singer and producer Cosmo Klein and his Club Band is to set new standards of live club entertainment, taking original live arrangements of Prince, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and many more mixing it up with own material and leaving it‘s audience breathless. The line up of the Band speaks for itself. Each member is exceptional on his instrument and 100 % dedicated to the Funk and nothing but the Funk.

Avishai Cohen - 1970

Avishai Cohen - 1970

Jazz Pop
2018-11-05

Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei

Avishai Cohen - 1970

Avishai Cohen - 1970

Jazz Pop
2018-11-05
Doors
Show
:00 h
:00 h

Avishai Cohen is not only a world class bass player, he is also an exceptionally gifted composer and singer.

Cohen has reached his own star in the international music scene: He is capable of selling-out the Olympia in Paris with 2000 seats twice in less than a year, get overwhelming reactions in Montreux Festival and other main international stages, selling more than 200 CDs after a club show in Ancienne Belgique and sell out the prestigious big hall at Wiener Konzerthaus weeks in advance.

As recent stellar performances at the world’s major venues have shown Israeli double-bassist-composer-vocalist Avishai Cohen is at the peak of his creative powers. Cohen plays and sings magnificently, and often gives vent to his love of melody as well as the art of improvisation. Cohen’s new album 1970 highlights the more accessible side of his talent without compromising his artistic integrity. “It’s not a jazz record,” he explains. “I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a connection to pop. I like pop as much as I like Bach and Charlie Parker. Singing has become very serious in my life over time. I’ve been asked by many people, when is the vocal album gonna come? Well, this is it, right here."

Billy Cobham Band

Billy Cobham Band

Fusion Jazz
2018-11-05

Quasimodo

Billy Cobham Band

Billy Cobham Band

Fusion Jazz
2018-11-05
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s-as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer. In 1969 Cobham co-founded the fusion group Dreams, which also featured Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Don Grolnick, Barry Rodgers, and Will Lee. The following year he was invited to join Miles Davis’s group and contributed to four pivotal recordings by the trumpeter, including Bitches Brew (where he collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin) and Tribute to Jack Johnson. Mahavishnu Orchestra was formed by McLaughlin in 1971 with Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird. They released three acclaimed albums (beginning with Inner Mounting Flame) before the band was dissolved and Cobham chose to launch his solo career with Spectrum, one of the definitive albums of the jazz-rock era. By the start of the 2000s Cobham had introduced “The Art of Jazz” series, recording and touring extensively first with the Art of 3 (Kenny Barron, Ron Carter), then the Art of 4 (Carter, Donald Harrison, James Williams) and the Art of 5 (Harrison, Guy Barker, Eric Reed or Julian Joseph, Orlando Le Fleming). Of late, Billy had working on a series of recordings that are a tribute to his parents and his roots. The project is call “Fruit From The Loom”. The first CD, of the same name, was released in 2009. The second CD – “Palindrome” was released in 2010. In 2013 was released the third recording entitled “Tales From The Skeleton Coast”. Vol. 4 will be presented at Quasimodo.

Mike Stern Band feat. Darryl Jones, Keith Carlock & Bob Malach

Mike Stern Band feat. Darryl Jones, Keith Carlock & Bob Malach

Blues Fusion Jazz Rock
2018-11-06

Quasimodo

Mike Stern Band feat. Darryl Jones, Keith Carlock & Bob Malach

Mike Stern Band feat. Darryl Jones, Keith Carlock & Bob Malach

Blues Fusion Jazz Rock
2018-11-06
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Simply put, Mike Stern is a living icon. To contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

Eivind Aarset

Eivind Aarset

Drum'n'Bass Electronic Jazz Rock Ambient
2018-11-10

Quasimodo

Eivind Aarset

Eivind Aarset

Drum'n'Bass Electronic Jazz Rock Ambient
2018-11-10
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

By exploring sound textures rather than traditional melodies, Eivind Aarset is rethinking the role of the electric guitar in jazz. His debut solo album from 1998 was described by the New York Times as one of the best albums of electric jazz in the post-Miles Davis era. Like many did, he bought his first guitar at 12 after listening to Jimi Hendrix. He then discovered jazz through Miles Davis, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Weather Report, and worked as a studio musician for Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Jan Garbarek. His latest album, I.E., combines surgical riffs and electronic dreaminess in an audacious, nu jazz style. This guitarist came to the Festival thrice with trumpet player Nils Petter Molvaer, and will now perform solo on the same stage as Tunisian Dhafer Youssef. The two musicians know each other by heart, having collaborated on stage and in the studio many times.

Ghost Note feat. Robert Sput Searight & Nate Werth

Ghost Note feat. Robert Sput Searight & Nate Werth

Funk Jazz world Trip-Hop House
2018-11-14

Quasimodo

Ghost Note feat. Robert Sput Searight & Nate Werth

Ghost Note feat. Robert Sput Searight & Nate Werth

Funk Jazz world Trip-Hop House
2018-11-14
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves. Ghost-Note’s impressive rotating roster of heavy hitters combine their decades of experience to create a night of unforgettable musical madness. Band members include Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) on flute, tenor, and baritone sax, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on flute, alto, and tenor saxophone, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass and guitar. In addition to touring across the United States, Ghost-Note will tour in europe for the first time in Fall 2018 with their second album released in april 2018. Ghost-Note is an instrumental explosion like you’ve never heard before — prepare yourselves for a neck breaking and booty shaking night that will keep you on your feet all night long.

Ed Motta

Ed Motta

Funk Pop Soul Groove
2018-11-15

Quasimodo

Ed Motta

Ed Motta

Funk Pop Soul Groove
2018-11-15
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

“Ever since the late 1980s Ed Motta is the reference for jazzy soul from Brazil.”, says Rolling Stone about The Colossus of Rio, who, in his 40s, is a living music legend in Brazil already. Amongst others, colleagues & friends like Gilles Peterson, Roy Ayers, Seu Jorge, Bo Diddley & Ryuichi Sakamoto worked with him in the past. The internationally acclaimed singer, composer, entertainer and bon vivant has always had a soft spot for soul, jazz, funk & rock music and the songs on his early Brazilian albums outranged the complexity of his radio hits by far. “Dwitza” and “Aystelum” set standards, ranging from “space jazz to Broadway musical pastiche, throwing in ballads, funk, soul-dance and pop-samba” (The Guardian). With his voluminous baritone, his amazing talent on piano and Fender Rhodes, his great sense of humor and his tight and funky band, Ed’s live shows always are an exciting journey through his boundless musical world. His new Album “ Criterion of the Senses ”will be released in fall.

Lisa Bassenge Trio

Lisa Bassenge Trio

Blues Jazz Pop
2018-11-17

Quasimodo

Lisa Bassenge Trio

Lisa Bassenge Trio

Blues Jazz Pop
2018-11-17
Doors
Show
21:00 h
22:30 h

Lisa Bassenge is one of the best vocalists in Germany. In addition to recording with her trio she has worked with musicians such as Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, Nicola Conte, Dembanabe, Stuart Staples (Tindersticks) and the WDR Big Band. In 2015 Lisa began her association with producer Larry Klein (author, among the many gold and platinum albums, the Grammy for album of the year with "The Joni Letters," Herbie Hancock).

House Of Waters

House Of Waters

Jazz Worldmusic
2019-03-02

Quasimodo

House Of Waters

House Of Waters

Jazz Worldmusic
2019-03-02
Doors
Show
20:00 h
22:00 h

“In today’s world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound.

Five years after their groundbreaking Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. Featuring Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and newly added percussionist Argentinian-born Ignacio Rivas-Bixio rounds out the touring trio. The album also features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky and the singer Priya Darshini.

“Our music is a constant melting pot, which is so relevant to now,” says Max. “It’s like that last D’Angelo record or Kendrick’s Butterfly you know, that wasn’t just rap, or hip-hop, or jazz, or soul, but it had all of that. It’s an amorphous thing. It’s how the future is going to be.” Moto agrees: “We always just say what we do is ‘good music.’  If I need to say something to someone who’s never heard of us, I just say, ‘Please come to our show!”

House of Waters’ music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds. One of those sounds is that of Max’s instrument, the hammered dulcimer, a percussion/stringed instrument that takes years of study and spans dozens of cultures around the globe. Most often associated with traditional American and Irish folk music, Max has taken the instrument in entirely new directions.  “I’ve been playing it since I was 7,” says Max. “And my folks reminded me I first fell in love with it when I was 2: I saw it performed at an exhibit opening, walked up to it, sat underneath and just listened to it for hours.”

Moto had a similar experience with the 6-stringed bass and it has defined his life ever since. His study of Western Classical music, Japanese traditional music and the African inspired musical sensibilities of South America, coupled with his undeniable virtuosity, adds a breath-taking element to the group’s total sound.  Max studied with traditional musicians in Senegal and continues to learn from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and like his rhythm section counterpart Moto Fukushima, Ignacio Rivas-Bixio is a Berklee College of Music graduate, and a much sought after percussionist on the genre bending world music and ‘new’ rock scene.

The album House of Waters marks the band’s first record for GroundUP, the artist-friendly label started by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. “There was a lot of mutual respect and interest there,” says Max. “I think we bring something unique to their roster.” He laughs. “Not a lot of dulcimer trios out there.”

Their GroundUP debut is a broad, cinematic piece, ranging from the slow burn of “La Semana,” to the grand “Patience” and—a first for the band—a beautiful vocal assist by Priya Darshini on album standout “Hamza”

Moto picks “Francesco” as his favorite. “That song was my first time writing parts for classical music styles and instruments in the band,” he says. “And the song goes full arena rock at the end: I’m happy how we could connect delicate/complicated and hard/simple aspects with both organic and modern sound. Also, Max’s solo in the middle is killer.”

The album’s first available track, “17,” encapsulates the record’s complex nature. “It’s a time signature: 17/8,” says Max. “It’s definitely odd, but we played at this traditional folk festival and people lost their minds! It’s a pretty rockin’ loud, aggressive song in an odd meter that hasn’t really been heard in the West. It’s fun, fast energy, and it plays into our virtuosity.”

But to truly experience House of Waters, see them live. “It’s the benefit of this band’s versatility—we fit in so many different fields,” says Max. To that end, you might experience the band at any number of huge jazz or folk fests. Possibly at an Indian classical show. And maybe opening for the likes of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Cliff or the performing arts ensemble KODO.

With musical and cultural influences that stretch from India and Senegal through Ireland and the heart of New York City, you have, as one critic noted, “The most original band on the planet.”