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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.

Yemen Blues

Yemen Blues

Blues Funk Jazz Mediterranean Middle East
2018-10-23

Gretchen Club

Yemen Blues

Yemen Blues

Blues Funk Jazz Mediterranean Middle East
2018-10-23
Doors
Show
:00 h
:00 h

Yemen Blues has created a sound that swirls with the Yemenite tradition of Muslims, Christians and Jews, with contemporary overlays of rock & roll, jazz & blues. The charismatic singer Ravid Kahalani has gathered high class musicians around him and the ensemble plays a rousing live music that inspires every audience. One of the most unique percussion set ups and an extreme, very versatile rhythm section are the pulsating, danceable underpinning of this unique musical collaboration.

The band seems to have an unusual appeal, because although still largely unknown, their concerts are always a success.

Location

Gretchen Club

Obentrautstraße 19-21, 10963 Berlin

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.

Mammal Hands

Mammal Hands

Jazz
2018-11-03

Säälchen

Mammal Hands

Mammal Hands

Jazz
2018-11-03
Doors
Show
17:00 h
19:30 h

Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) has carved out a refreshingly original sound from a disparate array of influences: drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own. Hailing from Norwich, one of Britain’s most isolated and most easterly cities, they have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream and their unique sound grew out of long improvised rehearsals. All three members contribute equally to the writing process: one that favours the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos. Their records are entrancing and beautiful affairs, while their hypnotic live shows have seen them hailed as one of the most exciting bands in Europe as they push their unique line-up to the outer limits of its possibilities.

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).

Gato Preto

Gato Preto

Electronic Mediterranean African
2018-11-24

silent green

Gato Preto

Gato Preto

Electronic Mediterranean African
2018-11-24
Doors
Show
:00 h
:00 h

2013 Gata Misteriosas and Lee Bass started the electronic cross-over project Gato Preto and fired up dancefloors all around the globe: In fancy electro-clubs in Paris, at home in Düsseldorf’s Zakk Club or on bigger international stages like the „Nyege Nyege“-Festival in Uganda.

When the furious black cat ‚Gato Preto‘ comes around - nobody is safe! Equipped with a lot of digital hardware and synthesizers – supported by african drums and dancers, Gato Preto knows how to make everybody understand that this magical combination of global bass and progressive grooves is not to be stopped. Next to their energetic live experience Gato Preto also produces high quality videos which show their influences and inspiration like the Steampunk inspired style in their song ‚Barulho‘.

Are you ready for a tropical bass thunderstorm of candy rain and sound clouds?

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Electronic Folk Vocal
2018-12-15

Kantine am Berghain

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Electronic Folk Vocal
2018-12-15
Doors
Show
:00 h
:00 h

Maarja Nuut is available with her solo program as well as with her current main project Maarja Nuut & Ruum.

Estonian duo Maarja Nuut & Ruum operate in a musical interzone; connecting the deep-rooted, intuitive worldview of days past with the hyper-mediated realities and seemingly limitless technological possibilities of the present and future.

Maarja Nuut uses violin, looper, vocal experiments and keyboard to capture that moment when our inner narratives are led by intuition rather than reason.

Ruum is a contemporary electronic musician who provides a complementary, if often abstract framework to Nuut's melodies. His soundscapes might offer a sense of structure at first, but upon closer inspection the sonic landscape he creates forces the listener into contemplating altogether more mysterious afterworlds and interzones.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum’s music often invites us into dialogue; not by addressing us directly, rather by luring us into unimagined conversations with elements of our psychic selves that we may have otherwise forgotten. Finding the way back out of the sonic maze they create can be difficult. Maybe the thought of staying in this magic labyrinth is also tempting.

The duo’s first album Muunduja (Shifter) will be released in October of 2018, on the UK’s 130701 label.

Location

Kantine am Berghain

Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

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.”