Jazz in the Garden
The whole summer long, the Jewish Museum Berlin is hosting a diverse program of events in the spacious museum garden.
29 June 2014, 11 am - 1 pm
Ofrin »The Bringer«
"Ofrin is more than music. Ofrin is Odysseus and the sirens together." (Robert Gwisdek). Having been involved in musical projects in Israel and the UK, the Israeli Ofri Brin moved to Berlin in 2005 where she founded the jazz duo "Ofrin" with the composer Oded K.dar. Her fine and unusual pop jazz goes through the ears to the heart and carries on down to the feet.
Ofrin’s diverse sound is no longer a secret on the Berlin music scene. Her highly acclaimed debut album "Rust & Velvet" (2005) was followed by "On Shore Remain" (2008), created in collaboration with producer and keyboardist Eddie Stevens (Moloko, Roísín Murphy, Zero 7). On her latest album "The Bringer," she works solo for the first time.
27 July 2014, 11 am - 1 pm
Buttering Trio – Concert
Buttering Trio describe their debut album entitled "Toast," launched only in May 2014, as follows: "For us it is a somewhat schizophrenic child, a collection of beats produced by all of us, each of us have contributed our greatest strengths."
Their music combines ballads and beats in a way that redefines Trip hop. This melange made the trio’s debut album already cause quite a stir amongst greats like Gilles Peterson and Snoop Dogg.
24 August 2014, 11 am - 1 pm
Efrat Alony, Oliver Leicht, and Frank Wingold
"A Kit For Mending Thoughts"
Every pigeonhole is too small for Efrat Alony - crossing borders and balancing acts are what make Alony stand out from the crowd of jazz singers. In her new project, which simply bears her name, she now explores in particular the deepest depths of her voice, also playing all keyboard instruments herself. In trio with Oliver Leicht and Frank Wingold on clarinet and guitar, a whole new experimental dimension is opened up - "A Kit For Mending Thoughts".
Their music is as diverse as their biography - Alony was born as daughter to Iraqi immigrants in Haifa and grew up in Israel. It is there she began her studies in composition and singing that she continued in the US, and completed at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. In 2009, Efrat Alony was appointed professor of jazz singing at the Bern Academy of Arts.
21 September 2014, 11 am - 1 pm
Tal Balshai & Friends
"Ein halbes Leben - Neue Berliner Lieder" (Half a life - new Berlin songs)
Tal Balshai - pianist, composer, and arranger, studied classical and jazz piano in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, New York, and Berlin. He plays with well-known singers at the Salzburg Festival, in the State Opera Houses of Berlin and Hamburg, at La Scala in Milan, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and other prominent venues. Jewish artists expelled from Germany in 1933 are his particular interest. He developed a Kurt Weill evening and a program on Berlin film composers of the 20s and 30s with the opera star Angela Denoke and arranged Werner Richard Heymann and Hanns Eisler programs for Dagmar Manzel.
The Jerusalem-born composer and pianist Tal Balshai has spent "half of his life" in Berlin. Now he devotes a CD to the sound of the big city and the stories of ordinary people that live in it. Each song tells a piece of Berlin - be it a few lines of a stranger, the wind that whistles through the streets at night, or the search for meaning that connects us all here. Thus a soundtrack of the city was created with all the cultures that meet here - New Berlin Songs.
Baking Matzah Bread in the Clay Oven
Matzah is a thin, dry flatbread that is baked from unleavened dough. Matzah is eaten in commemoration of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, when according to tradition there was no time to let the dough rise. It tastes best fresh and warm. So children can bake their very own matzah flatbread in the museum’s own clay oven.
Food & Snacks
Culinary accompaniment to the summer program is provided by the museum café "Schmus" with fresh, light dishes. A picnic basket is on offer especially for the jazz matinées, which makes the concert experience in the garden a really special one.
The picnic baskets contain:
A bottle of water, a small bottle of homemade elderflower fizz, Reuben sandwich with sauerkraut or bagel with cheese/smoked salmon with herb quark, tabbouleh with olives, parsley, dates, and lime dressing, double chocolate cookies and fruit salad with mint and lime. All that for 25 euros or with a bottle of sparkling wine for 31 euros!
For information on picnic basket orders, contents, and prices, please contact the Museum Café on tel. +49 (0)30 25 79 67 51 or by email to cafe-jmb[at]koflerkompanie.com.
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 491
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 513