The Orania.Concerts Events Calendar

The Orania.ConcertsConcerts with great artists living in Berlin.

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    Orania.Grooves

    Marlomusic

    Marque Löwenthal, piano
    Ramani Krishna, bass
    Tilman Person, drums

    Orania.Stage

    Marlomusic is a project of the Berlin-based pianist from Boston, Marque Lowenthal. Together with his two very good friends and "soul" mates of more than 20 years. Ramani Krishna, the baddest bassist from Bangalore, India, as well as Tilman Person, a fantabulous German home-grown drummer/ musician/ groover. Marlomusic will be playing a range of styles: from Funk and Blues to Bossa and Ballads, mainly rejuvenated jazz standards mixed with a few Lowenthal originals, all intended to make you smile and move your body.
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    Orania.Piano

    Agita Rando

    Orania.Stage

    Latvian-born Agita Rando studied church music at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga. A scholarship brought her to Bremen in 2000, where she completed graduate studies in organ playing under the tuition of Hans-Ola Ericsson and Harald Vogel. Whilst working as a musician in the genres church music, classical music and jazz, Agita also studied jazz-piano under Joe Dinkelbach, Ed Kröger, Detlev Beier and Georg Rox. Since 2008, Agita Rando has been working in Berlin as a pianist, composer and organist.
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    Orania.Piano

    Christoph Adams
    Smokin' Piano Joint

    Orania.Stage

    From 1995 to 1998, Chris Adams lived in Malta, where he devoted himself to the piano as a solo instrument after having completed his higher education. The result ‘portraits in black & white’ is an attempt to showcase essential influences in the form of medleys. Nine portraits of well-known jazz musicians and a self-portrait were created. At the same time, he worked on the transfer of rhythmic structures of Latin American percussion to the keyboard. Later he composed with the intention of combining these influences with his German roots. In his current solo project, Chris Adams' SMOKIN' PIANO JOINT, he connects with the original intentions of his TRIO '68 and is focused on the simple attempt to delve into good songs in an improvisational style. To let concise, expressive compositions develop in their essence through a minimum of guidelines. It doesn't matter whether it's an original or a foreign composition to begin with.
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    Orania.Piano

    Wolfgang Köhler

    Orania.Stage

    Wolfgang Köhler worked among others with: Herb Geller, Benny Bailey, Jiggs Whigham, Ack van Rooyen and Till Brönner. Since 1999 he has been professor of jazz piano at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.
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    Orania.Soul

    TAB Collective feat. Ken Norris

    Ken Norris, vocals
    Roland Neffe, vibes
    Tino Derado, piano
    Björn Werra, bass
    Emanuel Hauptmann, drums

    Orania.Stage

    The TAB Collective turns up in a relaxed musical fashion. Their beginning is as casual as their CD titled ‚Back in Town‘. It’s as if you step out of the cab during the first number and are immersed in a soundscape of warm grooves between soul and jazz. The TAB Collective, in its origin usually six people, is performing as a quartet this evening plus the US singer Ken Norris. They aim is not to reinvent a genre, but present titles from their current album. And yet the musicians tread quite different terrains: sometimes palatable with string arrangements, like in ‚Where do we go from here‘, or with reminiscences of Stevie Wonder in ‚Civility‘. Or ‚At Midnight‘, characterized by stride piano echoes and drive, with a counter-pole in the ballad ‚In your way".
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    Orania.Grooves

    Robert Keßler Organ Trio

    Robert Keßler, guitar
    Bernd Spanier, organ
    Kari Paavola, drums

    Orania.Stage

    The international organ trio around the Berlin jazz guitarist Robert Keßler, the organist Bernd Spanier and the Finnish drummer Kari Paavola will come together in this special line-up for the first time this evening at Orania.Berlin. A premiere. The band defines itself both in the cultivation and tradition of the classic Hammond Trio sound and in its continuation. The repertoire includes original compositions by the band leader as well as standards and pieces by Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Larry Young, Dr. Lonnie Smith or Brother Jack McDuff. Pulsating swing and funky grooves, along with blues and rock influences, are the important ingredients for a rousing concert.
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    Orania.Piano

    Daniel Stawinski

    Orania.Stage

    Daniel Stawinski began classical piano lessons at the age of 6. A few years later, he switched to jazz, taught by Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase. From 2001 to 2005 he studied jazz piano at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music and was a member of BuJazzO. From 2005 he lived in Paris, performing in France and neighbouring countries in the spectrum between jazz and Latin American music. Since 2015 he has been back in Berlin, where he formed both the Kammerjazz Kollektiv and a new piano trio (with Igor Spallati on bass and Diego Pinera on drums). He has performed all over the world, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Movimentos Arts Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival de Port-au-Prince and Jazz Festival de Saint-Louis. With Clave Azul he won the 1st prize at the Berlin Jazz & Blues Awards in 2005.
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    Orania.Piano

    Béla Meinberg

    Orania.Stage

    Béla Meinberg is a German pianist, based in Hamburg and Berlin. He has worked with some of the finest Jazz musicians around including Billy Hart, Seamus Blake, Matt Penman, Chris Cheek, Doug Weiss and John Stowell. His playing characterises a lyrical approach, always swinging and a good sense of humour - constantly aiming to build on his musical ability. Whilst respecting the tradition of jazz, his priority is always searching for something new, both as an instrumentalist and as a composer. Béla has been featured in great festivals and locations during his career, such as the ElbJazz Festival, JazzBaltica, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus Las Palmas and Jazzsommer Augsburg. He was awarded first prize at the Steinway solo piano competition of Hamburg, as well as third prize at Yamaha solo piano competition Nuremberg. With trio MMO he released the album „MMO feat. Chris Cheek - the hiker“. The „Béla Meinberg Trio“ released its first album „It’s a Game“ on Bandcamp.com in May 2020.
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    Orania.Piano

    Johannes von Ballestrem

    Orania.Stage

    Johannes von Ballestrem is a German pianist living in Berlin. He is known for his diversity, being able to perform in a variety of traditional and modern jazz styles. With different bands he regularly performs in Germany and internationally. He has shared the bandstand with jazz greats like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen, Norma Winstone, Eric Harland, Kurt Elling, Jim Black and Till Brönner.
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    Orania.Soul

    Cosmo Klein & The Campers feat. Dirk Berger

    Cosmo Klein, drums, vocals
    Connor Fitzgerald, keys
    Thomas Stieger, bass
    Special Guest: Dirk Berger, guitar

    Orania.Stage

    It is almost impossible to escape the Berlin artist Cosmo Klein and at the same time it is not easy to follow him. Cinema, TV series, pop star colleagues and even Disney all swear by his work as a songwriter, producer & singer. Cosmo Klein & The Campers take you across 20 years of musical creativity and prove that Cosmo has never been anything but a true soul man. With Cosmo himself on drums and vocals as well as an excellent trio, the Berlin songwriter & producer invites high-caliber guests into his mobile studio and onto the stage. The music videos recorded live in the Cosmobil No 5, entitled THE CAMPERS SESSIONS, now have cult status in the scene. Tonight's guest is Dirk Berger, who is, among other things, a band member of Peter Fox.
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    Orania.Voices

    Sean Haefeli Trio

    Sean Haefeli, vocals
    Francesco Beccaro, bass
    Mathis Grossmann, drums

    Orania.Stage

    The uniquely talented, Indianapolis-born, Chicago-chiseled and Berlin-based vocalist/emcee/pianist, Sean Haefeli, has been on the music scene for two decades. He has gained a reputation as an adept lyricist, versatile vocalist and skillful keyboardist, receiving the attention of international tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson and Lefto. The author, Kalamu ya Salaam writes, “he takes unexpected twists and turns, puts lyrics you have to listen to at least thrice in order to decipher the deeptitudes being discussed...sometimes it swings, sometimes it grooves but there is always something emotionally moving going on.” Sean’s music bridges the gap between the classic and cutting-edge. With his distinctive skill set and compositional flare, he inhabits a space all his own.
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    Orania.Grooves

    Giorgio Crobu Trio
    Jazz von Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Cole Porter etc.

    Tal Balshai, organ
    Giorgio Crobu, guitar
    Andrea Marcelli, drums

    Orania.Stage

    A tribute to guitarist Wes Montgomery and organist Jimmy Smith by Sardinian guitar virtuoso Giorgio Crobu and his organ trio with Tal Balshai on Hammond organ and Andea Marcelli on drums. Groove jazz, blues and swing merge into a magical, life-affirming evening. Catchy melodies, fast progressions and natural sounds accompany the listener through a concert guaranteed to soothe the body and soul.
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    Orania.Piano

    Benedikt Jahnel

    Orania.Stage

    The well-balanced combination of minimal music, complex rhythms, vocal melodies, and multidimensional harmonies characterize the play of Benedikt Jahnel. With his compositions, the Berlin-based pianist and composer creates delicate structures that create an almost enchanting attraction for the listener. His second passion, mathematics, flows into his music in the best sense of the word: crystal clear transparency and large forms design the framework for intense moods. Concert tours to nearly 50 countries, appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Baltica, Carnegie Hall New York, as well as numerous sideman and soloist recordings at ECM and ACT show his boundless creativity and drive.
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    Orania.Piano

    Ludwig Hornung

    Orania.Stage

    Ludwig Hornung began his education at the age of six with classical pianolessons and drumlessons, during the following years he won several prizes at jazz and classic competitions. In 2006 he began to study Jazz-Piano in Stuttgart, in 2008 he transfered to the Jazz Institut Berlin, where he finished his studies with top grade, taking lessons with Prof. Hubert Nuss, Prof. David Friedman and Prof. Kurt Rosenwinkel. At the same time he took classical lessons with Prof. Susanne Grützmann. He appeared with the Dima Bondarev Quintet at the competition of the Festival „Jazz à Montauban“ in France, where the group won the first prize. Tours led this group to the Festival „Jazz Bez“ in L'viv (Ukraine) and to „Jazz nad Odra“ (Poland). Other Festivals, where Hornung appeared, were the Jazzopen Stuttgart, German Jazz Nights in Brussels (Belgium), Jazz Festival Lyons (France) and the Nachwuchs-Jazzfestival Leipzig. His musical activities led him to France, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Czechia, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Austria, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, Netherlands, Turkey and in the USA.
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    Orania.Unplugged

    Matti Klein meets Tayfun Schulzke

    Matti Klein, piano
    Tayfun Schulzke, percussion

    Orania.Stage

    Always spontaneous, full of surprises, with great joy in playing and a fat groove. This duo performs 'all time favourites' and their own compositions. Matti Klein is a brilliant jazz pianist and was a founding member of the German jazzfunk cult band Mo' Blow. His passion for vintage instruments like Wurlitzer and Rhodes Bass are the main inspiration for his own current project Soul Trio. Since 2013, he has been the musical director and keyboardist for worldwide performances with Brazilian soul-jazz icon Ed Motta. Tayfun Schulzke uses a wide range of unusual percussion instruments. He learned African rhythms and expanded his skills especially with Indian tabla (Prof. Sankha Chatterjee / Calcutta), Cuban conga (rumba with J.A.Mehnert) and cajon. In addition to studio work, acting and television appearances, Tayfun Schulzke has also performed at various festivals.
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    Orania.Soul

    Mike Russell´s Funky Soul Kitchen

    Mike Russell, vocals, guitar
    Lionel Haas , keyboard
    Sir Charles Williamson, bass
    DiCarlo, drums

    Orania.Stage

    Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen is one of the best funk/soul bands in Europe. The band consists of international musicians, and plays original songs by singer/guitarist Mike Russell from Washington, D.C. Members of this "All Star Band" have played with The Michael Jackson Immortal Band, The Weather Girls, John Lee Hooker Jr, Eddie Harris, TM Stevens, Oneida James, and Joachim Germany. The latest CD from Mike Russell ´s Funky Soul Kitchen "The Quasimodo Sessions" is available on iTunes, Amazon and many others.
  • Photos: Dovile Sermokas
    Orania.Piano

    Declan Forde

    Orania.Stage

    Declan Forde is a pianist from Scotland and has been living in Berlin since 2014. In these past five years Forde has become the pianist of choice in Berlin across a broad spectrum of musical situations. From Early Jazz like Igor Spallati’s Musicomaniacs, to performing the music of Duke Ellington with American bassist Greg Cohen (Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Woody Allen, etc). Forde also performs solo and was invited by the Berliner Festspiele to perform as part of American artist Rashid Johnson’s installation Antoine’s Organ at Berlin’s Gropius Bau from July-December 2019. He curates a monthly series at the club Donau115, named ‘one of the best jazz clubs in Europe’ by The Guardian, with bassist James Banner. The duo released their first album ‘Circus’ featuring João Lopes Pereira in October 2018.
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    Orania.Piano

    Marque Löwenthal

    Orania.Stage

    After learning classical music for 10 years Marque caught the jazz "bug" and has been trying to understand and perform this art form for some 40 odd years. “I've been lucky enough to play with some phenomenal musicians such as Tony Scott, Bireli Lagrene, Ira Sullivan, Ernie Watts, the cult group Embryo, Paramashivam, as well as my best friends Chris Hirson and Geoff Goodman. I've played with many accomplished and enthusiastic musicians in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany, as well as in the USA, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, etc. For the past 13 years I've been primarily working with and accompanying Lyambiko, who has developed into one of Germany's premier jazz singers.” At solo piano concerts Marque plays primarily his own arrangements of old "classics" and standards, or bossa nova and blues-oriented pieces, as well as his own compositions.
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    Orania.Piano

    Agita Rando

    Orania.Stage

    Latvian-born Agita Rando studied church music at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga. A scholarship brought her to Bremen in 2000, where she completed graduate studies in organ playing under the tuition of Hans-Ola Ericsson and Harald Vogel. Whilst working as a musician in the genres church music, classical music and jazz, Agita also studied jazz-piano under Joe Dinkelbach, Ed Kröger, Detlev Beier and Georg Rox. Since 2008, Agita Rando has been working in Berlin as a pianist, composer and organist.
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    Orania.Piano

    Kenneth Berkel

    Orania.Stage

    Kenneth Berkel was born in Berlin in 1996. He started playing the piano at the age of 6. With 10 years he began to explore the world of Jazz. He graduated at one of Germany’s most popular music schools 'C. Ph. E. Bach in Berlin'. Afterwards he studied Jazz-Piano (Prof. Köhler) and Classical Piano (Prof. Grützmann) at Jazz-Institut Berlin (UdK/HfM). Kenneth Berkel lives in Berlin where he works as both a Pianist and Composer/Arranger. He has played concerts with the Big Band der Deutschen Oper and performed in the Youth Jazz Orchestras of Berlin, Brandenburg and Hamburg and has even played for the president of the German parliament. Kenneth performs concerts all over Germany and Europe. He has been granted a scholarship by Y. Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin since 2018.
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    Orania.Piano

    Declan Forde

    Orania.Stage

    Declan Forde is a pianist from Scotland and has been living in Berlin since 2014. In these past five years Forde has become the pianist of choice in Berlin across a broad spectrum of musical situations. From Early Jazz like Igor Spallati’s Musicomaniacs, to performing the music of Duke Ellington with American bassist Greg Cohen (Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Woody Allen, etc). Forde also performs solo and was invited by the Berliner Festspiele to perform as part of American artist Rashid Johnson’s installation Antoine’s Organ at Berlin’s Gropius Bau from July-December 2019. He curates a monthly series at the club Donau115, named ‘one of the best jazz clubs in Europe’ by The Guardian, with bassist James Banner. The duo released their first album ‘Circus’ featuring João Lopes Pereira in October 2018.
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    Orania.Piano

    Lionel Haas

    Orania.Stage

    Lionel Haas was born in Bonn on 27 December 1971. He took his first piano lessons at the age of nine and developed an early interest in jazz, blues and rock. At the end of 1999 he moved to Berlin, where he began to make a name for himself by performing in Berlin's jazz venues. In spring 2002 he founded the Lionel Haas Quintet. This evolved into the sextet formation BLOWING FRONT in 2007, which features three-horn arrangements of his original compositions in the style of straight-ahead jazz and groove music. Blowing Front won the 'Jazz and Blues Award' in 2007. In addition, Lionel Haas works as a supporting artist in various notable band projects in Berlin and continues to develop his musical versatility.
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    Orania.Voices

    Maxim Vaga

    Maxim Vaga, vocals, piano
    Special Guest, guitar
    Hal Strewe, bass
    Michael Fromme, drums

    Orania.Stage

    „A new talent from Berlin leaps compellingly from a stationary position into the class of Hozier and Jonathan Jeremiah" (RadioEins). As artist of the month, with a debut single that immediately became a radio hit in Greece, the year 2020 began promisingly. For years Maxim Vaga has traveled the world, made a name for himself as a street musician in Paris, is highly regarded in Greece, has performed on stages in New York, Montreal, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, but has always returned to his native Berlin, where he transforms his experiences into songs with his outstanding guitarist Neta Velli Shimoni. The two have meanwhile developed an close friendship, which can also be heard in Maxim Vaga's songs.
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    Orania.Voices

    Jennifer Kothe & Matti Klein
    Art of the Duo

    Jennifer Kothe, vocals
    Matti Klein, piano

    Orania.Stage

    A Steinway grand piano, a microphone, two exceptional artists and unplugged covers of favorite songs from three universes. It takes no more but also no less to blend jazz, soul and pop with songs from Duke Ellington to Burt Bacharach and Marvin Gaye to Feist, into a seemingly timeless journey of sound. After an average of over 150 concerts per year with their own internationally touring bands, Jennifer Kothe and Matti Klein are especially looking forward to closing a challenging year with a very spirited duo evening.