Wanja Slavin (Germany) - a-sax.
Havard Wiik (Norway) - p.
Josh Ginsburg (US) - d-b.
Ivars Arutyunyan (LV) - dr.

Ivars Arutyunyan 4 is a quartet consisting of some of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the European jazz scene. It gathers members from Norway, Germany, USA and Latvia. It's is brought together by award-winning drummer Ivars Arutyunyan.

The quartet celebrates the tradition of jazz and improvised music by gravitating towards past, present and future. With fire-like energy the ensemble explores new territories all the while maintaining a beautiful melodic flow and a deep sense of swing.

The Band will perform the music of Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, Ornette Coleman and others as well as songs from The Great American Songbook.

Ivars Arutyunyan  is a musician and drummer coming from a small and beautiful country near shores of Baltic Sea - Latvia. It’s there where his first musical steps were made - singing at age of 2 and moving on to studying classical piano at 6 and classical percussion at 14, which led to discovering power and beauty of improvisation and playing drums. Ever since it has been a fully dedicated path which has led him to international success and opportunities to develop himself throughout his world travels.

 Despite his young age he has had opportunities to perform and tour with many different artists such as Greg Osby, Seamus Blake, Logan Richardson, Carsten Dahl, Tomas Franck, Jerry Bergonzi, Eero Koivistoinen, Francesco Cafiso, Aaron Parks to name a few. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV broadcasts and with various ensembles he has played festivals, concerts in countries such as China, Tanzania, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Lichtenstein, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Poland, USA and the Baltic states. 

Different awards include internationally acclaimed contests like Jazz Hoeilaart (B Jazz), Getxo Jazz, Almeria Jazz Prize, RMC Scholarship, ‘Yamaha Drum Day′ etc. Ivars is a graduate of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and recipient of their scholarship presented to him by Danish culture minister in 2014. Today he’s performing and touring extensively, residing in Paris and is one of the most sought after drummers coming from Baltic countries. 

Wanja Slavin started with clarinet and piano at the age of six. His first teachers were his father and Hildegard Niemann, later Nicolas Simion (Saxophon and Composition), Lee Konitz (Saxophon), Rolf Weber (Clarinet) and Kazue Suzuki (Piano).

As a musician Wanja Slavin has won several awards at the New Generation Förderpreis des Bayerischen Rundfunks he won the first prize twice. At Gasteig Musikwettbewerb, Jugend Jazzt and BMW Welt Jazz Award 2011 he won the second price.

Wanja Slavin has been invited to festivals such as Münchner Klaviersommer and Moers Festival and worked with musician Joachim Kühn, Kenny Wheeler, Mederic Collignon, John Schröder, Rudi Mahall, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Tobias Delius, Marty Cook, Geoff Goodman,Paulo Cardoso, Wilfried Hiller, Christian Lilinger to name a few.

Håvard Wiik  is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer, known from a number of recordings with bands like Atomic, and performances with musicians like Petter Wettre, Ola Kvernberg and Stian Carstensen.

    Wiik caused sensation at 17 years old in a concert at the Moldejazz, with bassist Steinar Raknes, as the "Wiikrak Duo". He attended the jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium from 1994 to 96, where he and fellow students established the jazz band Element.

 Wiik was recognised as "Artist in residence" at the Moldejazz (2004). At the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (2006), he was awarded the Vital prize, giving him the opportunity to perform as solo artist, and release the album Palinode (2007). He also started his own H.W. Trio, releasing Postures (2003), performing his own compositions. He transformed the trio to The Arcades Project (2007). In this version of the trio we find Håkon Mjåset Johansen on drums and Ole Morten Vågan on bass. They have also been involved within bands such as Urban Connection, Come Shine, Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz.

Josh Ginsburg is a regular fixture on the world's concert stages and jazz clubs. His music has been described as “vigorously fresh” (Irish Times) and “reveal(ing) itself in gradually unfolding layers” (JazzTimes); his most recent album as a leader, "Zembla Variations”was chosen as an Album of the Year by the New York City Jazz Record. Josh’s bass playing, Financial Times (London) writes, is “a rock of counterpoint, funk and swing” 

 In the past few years, Josh has been touring with bands led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, George Colligan, Logan Richardson, Aruán Ortiz and Helen Sung (among others). As a first call New York musician he performed with countless influential players such as Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Gregory Hutchinson, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Aaron Parks. 

Beginn 21:15 Uhr( Einlass 20:00 Uhr) 
Eintritt frei – Beitrag erwünscht


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!!!

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.