Fabiana Striffler (c) Stefanie Marcus.jpg
jvb1 (c) dovile sermokas.jpg
Jordan Dinsdale.jpeg

Fabiana Striffler - Violin (DE)
Johannes von Ballestrem - Piano (DE)
Sidney Werner - Bass (DE)
Jordan Dinsdale - Drums (UK)

 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 25.08.19
Hot Jazz Violin

“And now Something Completely Different “, as Monty Pythons used to say. I didn’t quote that without reason however. The mix of gags, skills, techniques and endless looking for a way to expand self-expression results it creating recording which challenges the listener by constant shift of gears and moods. (HIFI Critic)
Fabiana is one of the most exciting violinists to emerge onto the jazz scene in years! Her playing is the perfect combination of soulfulness, surprise, a beautiful sound and great technique. (Ken Peplowski)

The Band dedicates this evening to Stuff Smith, one of jazz music's preeminent violinists of the jazz and swing era.

“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
Born in 1988, Fabiana studied Jazz and Classical violin at the University of Arts in Berlin (UdK) and the Conservatory of Music (Hanns Eisler). 
From 2013-2018 she was supported by the “Yehudi Menuhin Association”.
She performed with her own music, as well as with other projects in venues like the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Filharmonie Brno. 
Under the category “Best Album” of the year her debut-album “Mahagoni” was nominated for the VIA Award by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Her new album „Sweet And So Solitary“ (Traumton/Indigo) is according to the magazine Zitty „Revolutionary in Jazz“.

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, Eric Harland, Kurt Elling, Jim Black and Till Brönner.
In 2011-13 von Ballestrem was a member of the prestigious “National Youth Jazz Orchestra” of Germany (Bujazzo), recording three CD’s with them and touring Europe and Africa.
In 2014 he had the honour of opening the German Cultural Week in Benin (Western Africa) with a solo concert, there he also performed with local musicians and gave masterclasses.
Thanks to a grant of the Berlin Senat, von Ballestrem could spend 6 weeks in New Orleans in 2016, studying the roots and early styles of Jazz.
He studied at the “Jazz Institut Berlin” and the “HMT Leipzig”, among his teachers were Michael Wollny, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen.
Since 2016 he has been teaching at the “Jazz Institut Berlin”.

JORDAN DINSDALE, a young British drummer based in Berlin. Jordan has studied and played with some of the greatest names in Jazz including Jimmy Cobb, Chris Cheek, Jimmy Wormworth, Mike Kanan and Yasushi Nakamura.  
Studying at Leeds college of Music on a scholarship (2010-2017) he graduated with a first class honours and was awarded the CBE Peter Roberts Memorial prize, for achieving the highest marked recital performance. 
In January 2017, Jordan returned to New York to study with some of the masters including Jimmy Cobb, Johnathan Blake, Ari Hoenig and Eric McPherson.
Since a few weeks he moved to Berlin, and is already forming an active part of the Berlin Jazz scene.

SIDNEY WERNER kommt aus Berlin, studierte am Jazz-Institut-Berlin bei Prof.Greg Cohen und spielt Kontrabass. Er ist ein sehr aktiver Musiker in der Berliner Szene und teil diverser Projekte wie zum Beispiel dem Montagsungeheuer des “Omniversal Earkestra" oder dem Ellingtonisch inspirierten "Far East Trio“. Seine Rolle als Bassist interpretiert er dabei klassisch und versucht immer die Musik als ganzes gut klingen zu lassen, ohne sich selbst in den Vordergrund zu spielen. Er ist fast ausschliesslich im Jazz und Improvisatorischen Umfeld zu hören, doch seine Inspiration und Liebe zur Musik ist von allen Stilen und Epochen beeinflusst. Ganz nach dem berühmten Zitat: " Es gibt nur 2 Arten von Musik; Gute und Schlechte".


Konzert Beginn um 21:00 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.