Johannes von Ballestrem - piano (DE)
Igor Spallati - bass (IT)
Ugo Alunni - drums (IT)
Johannes Böhmer - trumpet (DE)

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. Going against the trend of complexity, abstraction and the “academization” of the arts, 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 15.09.19

For this special occasion pianist Johannes von Ballestrem joins forces with Berlins finest Italian rhythm section - consisting of Igor Spallati on bass and Ugo Alunni on drums. Versatile in modern styles of jazz and well rooted in the tradition they will explore the history of jazz, going back all the way to the beginnings in New Orleans. Special guest for this night will be Johannes Böhmer on trumpet and cornet.

Der Pianist Johannes von Ballestrem hat sich für diesen besonderen Abend mit Berlins bester italienischer Rhythmusgruppe zusammengetan - bestehend aus Igor Spallati am Bass und Ugo Alunni am Schlagzeug. Bestens mit modernen Spielarten des Jazz vertraut und ebenso tief in der Tradition verwurzelt werden sie der Jazzgeschichte nachgehen und sich bis zu den Anfängen in New Orleans bewegen. Als special guest wird Johannes Böhmer an Trompete und Kornett dazustoßen.

-Igor Spallati
Spallati studierte am Jazzinstitut Berlin bei Greg Cohen und John Hollenbeck. 2011 war er der erste Gewinner des Savoy Award of Excellence. Er arbeitete in dieser Zeit u. a. mit Mike Richmond, Dado Moroni, Pietro Tonolo, Gabriele Mirabassi, Fred Hersch, Joe Chambers und trat auf verschiedenen Jazzfestivals wie Jazz Baltica und Umbria Jazz auf.
Seit Ende der 2000er-Jahre arbeitete er u. a. in der Formation Nickhead, mit Simon Kanzler und mit Anna Webber. Als Hornist war er am Album Labyrinth (2013) der italienischen Rockband Fleshgod Apocalypse beteiligt. Er ist Mitglied des Rosen Quintett (mit Benedikt Joch, Edith Steyer, Kay Lübke und Nikolaus Neuser); ferner spielte er u. a. mit Clara Haberkamp, Fuasi Abdul Khaliq, Markus Ehrlichs Flexible Eingreiftruppe, Florian Menzel und Uri Gincel/Moritz Baumgärtner und Volker Schlott.


Ugo Alunni is a drummer from Perugia, Italy. He attended the Conservatorio di Musica "Francesco Morlacchi” di Perugia (2000-2004) after which he moved to New York for further studies at the Collective School of Music (2005-2006).

He has been living in Berlin since 2010 where he studied at the Jazz Institut Berlin under the guidance of John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen and David Friedman, graduating in 2016.

He has played with Rossano Emili, Perugia Jazz Orchestra, Pietro Tonolo, Joe Chambers, Dan Kinzelman, Alessandro Lanzoni, Elias Stemeseder, Phil Donkin, Uli Kempendorff, Julia Hülsmann and many others.

Born in 1984 in Göttingen was exposed to music at an early age and soon after picking up the trumpet at age 11 has been involved in jazz big bands, soul and reggae combos.
From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Lower Saxony 'Windmachine' with which he toured through Poland, Russia and the Balkans, and in 2006 he became a member of the Federal Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer, Ed Partyka, Mike Herting and Niels Klein Concert tours in Europe and South Africa. 2005-2009 he studied jazz trumpet at the Conservatory of Ams terdam with Ruud Breuls and Jan Oosthof, and in 2008 at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA with Terell Stafford, John Swana, Dick Oatts and Ben Schachter. In 2009 he graduated magna cum laude and moved to Berlin. Since 2010 he lives in Berlin, where he is a sought-after instrumentalist, arranger, sideman and bandleader in various projects: Jean Quadrat, Skazka Orchestra, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Rufus Temple Orchetstra and many more. He is a winner of the Burghausen JazzAward (2012 with 'Red Balloon'), Runway Jazz (2011, Jean Quadrat), Avignon Jazz Concourse (2012, Sebastian Böhlen Band), WDR Nachwuchs Orchestra) Jazz Prize (2010, BuJazzO) and won the 1. Prize at the International Folk Festival Competition (2010, Skazka Orchestra)


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.