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Greg Cohen (USA) - Double Bass
Fabiana Striffler (DE) - Violin
Dima Bondarev (UKR) - Trumpet
Declan Forde (UK)- Piano

The Zig Zag is proud to announce a brand new and fresh Sunday concert series that showcases a community of jazz artists responsible for bringing about an explosion of energy and life into the Berlin jazz scene. The series will feature some of the most in demand, highly skilled and exciting young jazz talents in the scene today. These young masters have taken the jazz scene by surprise by packing in the clubs and bringing back to life a love and passion for hard swinging music. Performances are completely acoustic with little to no amplification. Subtle interaction, melodic focus and soulful virtuosity is at play here. If you’re interested in listening to some of the finest swinging sounds of jazz this is not an event to miss out on. 

Sunday 20.10.19

Greg Cohen and Band - Berlin in Berlin

A celebration of the music of one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century - Irving Berlin. Led by legendary American bassist Greg Cohen, this quartet made its debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2019 and is now bringing unique arrangements of some of Irving Berlin’s greatest compositions to venues around Germany and the rest of Europe.

Greg Cohen is a bass player. He has also worked as an arranger, producer, musical director and composer for the theatre, film, television and recording studios. The recordings he has been a part of have received various critical acclaim - including the Pulitzer Prize (Ornette Coleman), gold records and many album of the year awards.

He has worked with a variety of artists in many styles of music.

From A (Woody Allen, Laurie Anderson, Fiona Apple)

To Z (John Zorn, Tom Ze)

Some of the artists in-between are Susana Baca, Danny Barker, Bar Kokhba, Hal Blaine, Brian Blade, David Byrne, Carlinhos Brown, Bono Gal Costa, Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Conte Condoli, Sheryl Crow, Uri Caine, Holly Cole, Chas ’n Dave, Rosanne Cash, Vinicio Caposselo, James Carter, Bob Dylan, Dave Douglas, Donovan, Francesco De Gregori, Eddy Davis, Kenny Davern, Teddy Edwards, Brian Eno, Marty Ehrlich, Hamid El Kasri, Bill Frisell, Marianne Faithfull, Mark Feldman, Victor Feldman, Crystal Gayle, Ben Goldberg, Gypsy Kings, Marty Grosz, Bebel Gilberto Jesse Harris, Billy Higgins, Herbert Hardesty, Keith Ingham, Norah Jones, Antony Johnson, Joe Jackson, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Dr. John, Lee Konitz, Haino Keiji, Kronos Quartet, Dagmar Krause, Jim Keltner, Gary Lucas, Greg Leisz, Awa Ly Shelly Manne, Marisa Monte, Masada, Masada String Trio, Mischa Mengelberg, Geoff Muldauer, Bette Midler, Giovanna Marini, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Odetta, Madeleine Peyroux, Ken Peplowski, Marc Ribot, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Annie Ross, Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Springsteen, Tim Sparks, Sting, Little Jimmy Scott, Ed Sanders, Chango Spasiuk, Jamie Saft, The Surfers, David Sanborn, Dino Saluzzi, Tricky, Tommy Tedesco, James Taylor, Gianmaria Testa, Tom Waits, Victoria Williams, Charlie Watts, Loudon Wainwright, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wollesen, Dhafer Youssef Karim Ziad.

Collaborations include artists such as:

Wim Wenders, Francis Coppola, BBC Philharmonic, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Altman, Hal Wilner, Chicago Symphony, Penn and Teller, William S. Burroughs, Tokyo Philharmonic, Ruhrtrienalle Ochestre National de Lyon, Robert Wilson, Alan Watts, Laurie Anderson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tom Waits, Ethan Hawke, Irmin Schmidt.

As leader, Cohen can be heard on the recordings Golden State (with Bill Frisell), Moment to Moment and Way Low.

Fabiana Striffler

Born in Germany in 1988, Fabiana studied Jazz and Classical violin at the University of Arts in Berlin (UdK) and the Conservatory of Music (Hanns Eisler). Her early years she spent with her lovely family in Italy. During her childhood she was encouraged to engage in a variety of artistic and musical activities. By the age of 13 she was performing music styles other than classical, which awakened her interest in improvised music. Fabiana is both a brilliant violinist and a robust fiddler.

She learned with Greg Cohen with whom she has maintained a musical collaboration and a close friendship above all since the beginning of her studies; Mark Feldman, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Peplowski, Andy Statman, Garry Dial, John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Friedman, Stephan Braun, Ulrich Bartel, Stephan Picard, Dragan Radosavievich and others.

“FABIANA STRIFFLER is a very talented violinist who plays directly from the heart. Her beautiful sound is a reflection of herself. Fabiana has a unique balance of keen Intuition and Intellect that allows her to make pure music no matter what creative situation she finds herself in.” - Garry Dial

Dima Bondarev

Born in 1984 in Ukraine, Dima Bondarev began playing the trumpet at the age of 9. He discovered his passion for Jazz after initially studying classical music as a child.

In 2011 and 2016, he was awarded the Polish Cultural Scholarship “Gaude Polonia” and went on to study in Warsaw and Wroclaw with Piotr Wojtasik and Robert Majewski. Between 2008 and 2013, Bondarev was very active in Ukraine, Russia and Poland taking part in major Jazz festivals and concert tours. He is a member of the famous Ukrainian Jazz band Acoustic Quartet and Magnifika group. Since 2007, he has participated in various international music contests and festivals in Russia and Ukraine. In 2010 he won the grand prize at MuzEnergo Festival, Usadba Jazz Festival and the First Award at International Contest of Young Jazz Performers named after Kim Nazaretov (Rostov-on-Don) in 2011.

Since 2013 Bondarev has been based in Berlin where he undertook both Batchelor and Master studies at the Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB) with Gerard Presencer, Tom Arthurs, Martin Auer and Sebastian Studnitzky, as well as John Hollenbeck, Greg Cohen, Geoffroy De Masure, Julia Hulsmann, Tino Derado, Guilherme Castro and Javier Reyes.

He received the Deutschlandstipendium in 2017 as well as the JIB-Jazz-Preis der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft in 2015 for the Bondarev/Osypov Quintet.

Bondarev’s own group, the Dima Bondarev Quintet, has performed at festivals all around Europe including the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, Xjazz Festival in Germany, Jazz nad Odra in Poland, Jazz Bez in Ukraine and Poland and Jazz à Montauban in France.

His debut Album “I’m Wondering” won the 2nd price of ’50th Jazz and Odra festival’ in Wroclaw (Poland, 2014), the 1st Price of Festival de Jazz à Montauban (France, 2014), and the JIB-Jazz-Preis 2015 Der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Gestiftet von Toni und Albrecht Kumm. The band was also presented at the Umbria Jazz Festival as a special guest.

As a sideman Dima has collaborated with Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Nels Cline, Jim Black, Dana Hall, NDR Big Band, Josh Ginsburg, Wanja Slavin, Elias Stemeseder and many others.

Declan Forde

Pianist Declan Forde is based in Berlin and originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Since 2014 he has established himself as one of the city's most versatile and sought-after pianists. He has performed with John Hollenbeck, Tobias Delius, Max Andrzejewski, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Michael Griener, Vide&Inga, plays in the duo ‘Unknown Ellington’ with Greg Cohen and in various projects with bassist James Banner. He has also recorded and toured with singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni.

Zig Zag Jazz Club GmbH
Hauptstr. 89, 12159 Berlin

Beginn 21:00 Uhr( Einlass 20:00 Uhr) 
Eintritt frei – Beitrag erwünscht


Einer der Gründe, die den Zig Zag Jazzclub so einzigartig machen, ist, dass er der erste und einzige Jazzclub der Welt ist, dem es gelingt nur durch freiwilligem Eintritt/Crowdfunding Events von Weltklasse zu finanzieren. Und wie machen wir das? Ganz einfach. Während der Konzertpause geben wir bekannt, dass wir Geld einsammeln werden. Bei den meisten Konzerten (außer Jam Sessions) informieren wir unsere Kunden, dass ein Beitrag von ungefähr 15 Euro es uns erlaubt die Musiker gerecht zu bezahlen. Manche geben dabei mehr und andere weniger... und das ist auch in Ordnung. Wir haben auf diese Weise schon Hunderte Konzerte organisiert.

One of the reasons that makes the zig zag jazz club so unique is that it is the first and only jazz club in the world that manages to finance world class events through a crowd funding concept. How do we do it? Its quite simple… during the break of the concert we make an announcement regarding the collection for the evening. For most concerts (excluding the jam session) we inform our customers that a fee of around 15€ per person will allow us to fairly compensate the musicians. Some people give more and some give less… and that´s ok… we ´ve already successfully promoted hundreds of concerts like this!!!