SIDE-WAYS SERIES: EDITION 8
Poster design by Grycja Rd
26.09.19 – Dima Bondarev Quintet
Dima Bondarev Quartet
Attila Muehl – guitar
Igor Spallati – bass
Dima’s dedication to jazz has been around since early childhood. In his early twenties, he became part of two well-known Ukrainian jazz bands, Magnifika Group and Acoustic Quartet. After moving to Berin in 2013 Dima formed his own international band, which has shared many happy and glorious moments together. Some of the highlights are : the 2nd price of ’50. Jazz and Odra festival’ in Wroclaw (Poland, 2014), the 1st Price of Festival de Jazz à Montauban (France, 2014) and JIB-Jazz-Preis Der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Gestiftet von Toni und Albrecht Kumm (Germany, 2015), 2nd Price of Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy, 2017). On September 2017 Dima’s Quintet released his debut album under the Unit Records called I’m Wondering. In beginning of 2018 Dima formed his new Quartet. This project played many concerts in Germany and Poland. On January 2019 Band got grant from Berliner Senat for recording album. Dima has been collaborating with many outstanding musicians of European and American scenes, among them – Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, NDR Big Band, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig and many others.
Photo © Victoria Vico
10.10.19 – Kleppan Project
Kleppan Project .
Julius Gawlik (DE) – saxophone/clarinet
Tal Arditi (IL) – guitar
Tom Berkmann (DE) – bass
Kleppan Project is a new group with international up-and-coming jazz musicians. The Norwegian jazz drummer Amund Kleppan recorded his debut album «Venture» earlier this year, which will be released in November. There will be presented music from this record in addition to other originals from the band members.
Amund Kleppan currently studies at the Jazz Institute Berlin and last year he won a Danish Music Award with his band Aloft Quartet. He has played with artists such as Arild Andersen, Marius Neset, Randy Ingram and Marcin Wasilewski.
Youtube: Amund Kleppan “Venture”
24.10.19 – Harry Vetro’s “Northern Ranger” (CAD)
Harry Vetro – Drums
In 2017, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation, 23 year old Hamilton drummer Harry Vetro took to the road. He traveled coast to coast, visiting communities in the six Indigenous cultural areas in Canada (Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands), in an effort to connect with musicians and artists from different cultural backgrounds, and to better understand the land’s long cultural history. Harry Vetro released his debut CD Northern Ranger on October 20, 2018 at Gallery 345 in Toronto, Ontario.
Vetro’s debut album – tells the story of his travels. A jazz musician by training, Harry melded his own style of improvised music with folk and classical influences to create a deeply personal statement, one that speaks to the country as a whole.
07.11.19 – Off The Record
14.11.19 – Julius Windisch Quartet
Julius Windisch – piano/comp
Felix Henkelhausen – bass
Max Santner – drums
Julius tries to think outside of categories and to combine different kinds of music that inspire him.
Complex rhythmical structures, playful, quick change of roles, free improvisations, simple and catchy melodies as well as a special harmonic language meet. He is lucky enough to have his compositions executed by one of the most sought-after players from the Berlin scene. Even though many parameters are set through the compositions there is still a good amount of freedom that makes the music sound different each time.
28.11.19 – Fyodor Stepanov’s “Legion Live in Us”
Sölvi Kolbeinsson– clarinet/alto,
Joschka Oßke– keys,
Danil Zverkhanovsky– guitar,
Fyodor Stepanov– bass/comp,
Philip Dornbusch– drums.
Legion Live in Us is the ensemble and the collaboration of different artists set to interpret the music of a Russian composer and bass-player Fyodor Stepanov.
This project is dedicated to the songwriting as a form of storytelling, as, perhaps, one of the most ancient forms of art.
The music draws its sonic vocabulary upon a vast array of sources, as diverse as the early XX-es century classical music (in particular, the works of pre-serial Stravinsky and Schoenberg, Charles Ives and the members of Les Six), with a good portion of pop and rock influences and some elements of free-improvised music, although without prescribing itself to any specific genre.
The sources of literary inspiration behind the lyric writing sometimes may range between old science-fiction novels and the works of magical realism authors.
Every song is a distinct character and, like the heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa (whose poem has lent its title to this project) coexisting under the cover of the same volume of selected poetry, every one of them lives its own life within the time of a concert.
05.012.19 – Olga Amelchenko Quartet
12.12.19 – Lindhorst/Pringle/Williams/Santner
Mark Pringle – piano
Huw V Williams (UK) – bass
Max Santner – drums
An international collaboration of musicians from Canada, the UK, and Austria, dating back over 10 years when they first met at the JIMS Improvised Music Workshop in Salzburg, this stellar group presents original music that rests somewhere between the avant-garde corners of modern classical, free jazz, and art rock.