„Russische Sommernacht‘‘ mit der Jenaer Philharmonie 19.06. - 20.06.2015 // 21:00 Uhr // Festplatz Lobeda-West
Electro Deluxe Big Band Mittwoch, 15.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Anyone who’s the slightest bit interested in modern funk and soul can’t afford to miss Electro Deluxe. Their barnstorming concerts have made this nu jazz quintet famous well beyond the borders of the French homeland. The funk-mothership is sailing into port with an epic crew on board – plenty of brass reinforcements, that is – no less than five saxophones, four trumpets, and four trombones. In a word: the Electro Deluxe Big Band is lining up to launch a choice musical Arena summer 2015.
Nina Attal Donnerstag, 16.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz This exceptional talent was acclaimed as one of the most promising voices on the French blues scene at the tender age of 17 and is now a shining star in the soul heavens. When you hear her for the first time, you imagine Nina Attal to be a voluptuous blues diva from Memphis or the Mississippi delta, but nothing could be further from the truth. This diminutive, vivacious Parisienne dishes up her brand of blues with a carefree assurance that transcends every cliché. Her songs are a convincing blend of cool grooves, sweet Rhodes sounds, and driving bass lines.
Lizz Wright Freitag, 17.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Lizz Wright has been one of the USA’s most distinctive vocalists for over a decade. Trawled from the deep waters of her home state of Georgia, her songs and her incredibly powerful and emotional jazz vocals ply a course between folk, gospel, soul, and Americana. Despite a clear bond with tradition, her blend of own compositions and age-old standards puts her among the most dedicated contemporary singers in the USA.
kulturarena club im kassablanca: Black Milk Freitag, 17.07.2015 // 23:30 Uhr // Kassablanca Gleis 1 Black Milk has for some time been one of the key proponents of new Detroit hip-hop. Even as a teenager he was delivering crisp beats for J Dilla’s Detroit Slum Village group and remained their producer for many years. On his own six studio albums, Black Milk has successfully nurtured a reputation as a beat wizard, while at the same time indulging his love of the rich, powerful soul music of the 1970s. After all, this is the home of Motown, isn’t it?
Element of Crime Samstag, 18.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz // Ausverkauft! Element of Crime can quite rightly be called a German cult band. Although they began their singing career in English back in the 1980s – supported by John Cale – they have now secured themselves a place in the pantheon of laconic rock poets. Without Sven Regener’s wickedly sharp-tongued texts and the band’s brand of dream-like folk, the German music scene would be much the poorer.
ArenAkustik im Volksbad: American Songbirds Dienstag, 21.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Volksbad Going by the slightly ironic name of “American Songbirds”, four vocalists having a deep affinity with the American singer-songwriter credo grace us with their presence. They span the entire breadth of the genre – from vaudeville and burlesque to minimalistic folk-pop – in four separate stage sets, before Kyrie Kristmanson, Ashia Grzesik, Rachelle Garniez, and Daisy Chapman re-unite for a joint finale.
E.S.T. SYMPHONY Mittwoch, 22.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz The Esbjörn Svensson Trio e.s.t. was THE jazz combo of the early years of the 21st century. They filled entire stadiums with songs that were as experimental as they were beautiful. Several years after the death in an accident of pianist Svensson, bass player Berglund and drummer Öström are giving e.s.t. a new lease of life: joined in the Arena by the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and some fantastic jazz soloists, they are presenting a fresh take on their own songs, this time arranged by Swede Hans Ek.
Erlend Øye & The Rainbows Donnerstag, 23.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Erlend Øye is the modest, gentle traveller among Europe’s pop musicians. Over the last 15 years, his light touch has helped found the most varied styles: New Folk with the Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience and, with his Berlin band The Whitest Boy Alive, an instrumental version of house music. In his latest project, he collaborates with the Icelandic band Hjálmar; some band members even appear on stage in the guise of The Rainbows. Øye dons his reggae garb and shows himself to be a subtle, low-key pop poet of the first order.
Malky & KOVACS Freitag, 24.07.2015 // 19:30 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Teaming up for this concert, Malky and Kovacs are two, young and extremely promising protagonists of the latest soul-pop has to offer. Malky, a duo from Leipzig, is currently taking Germany by storm with some reduced soul tracks that draw heavily from the sound of the 60s, while Dutch singer Sharon Kovacs and her band fashion darkly ardent compositions, musical gems that are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
Tanita Tikaram Samstag, 25.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz // Ausverkauft! Tanita Tikaram counts as one of the most expressive singer-songwriters the UK has to offer, and has done for many years now. Together with big-name colleagues such as Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman, she left her mark on the genre in the late 80s and early 90s, with her deep, expansive, and melancholy vocals, and continues to do so to this day. Her current album, “Can't go back”, appeared in 2012 and is her eighth to date.
Yasmine Hamdan Mittwoch, 29.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Since the end of the 90s, Yasmine Hamdan has rated as one of the most intriguing and emotionally powerful singers in the world of electro punk. She began her career in Lebanon with some intense, angry music, but her heart really lies with the complex melodies and linguistic deeper meaning of old Arabic songs. Yasmine Hamdan’s new and beguiling interpretations have opened up a window on a world of Arabic music infused with contentment and normality.
JJ Grey & Mofro Donnerstag, 30.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz The band JJ Grey & Mofro is occasionally compared to Bruce Springsteen for its down-to-earth rock songs and sympathy for the tough lives of the working classes. Comparisons have also been drawn with Sam Cooke, the great spiritual soul poet. This mix is what gives JJ Grey & Mofro its special feel: an earthy, relentless, stirring sound pitched somewhere between rock, funk, soul, and blues and seasoned with disarmingly honest, realistic lyrics.
Roachford Freitag, 31.07.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz His emotional, unmistakable vocal style, pitched between soul, funk, and R&B, has seen Andrew Roachford influence an entire generation since the end of the 80s. Many of his ballads and rock songs have reached clandestine anthem status, and, once heard, his voice is hard to forget. One of Britain’s most famous songwriters, he continues to tour the world with his band.
kulturarena club im kassablanca: pengARENA Freitag, 31.07.2015 // 23:00 Uhr // Kassablanca Gleis 1 The Peng project is one of the largest and most active cultural and educational networks in the city. It was founded by artists from the music and DJ scene here in Jena. At Peng Academy workshops lasting several days, young people can learn the time-honoured craft of the DJ, loop their own lines, or create graphics. In the pengARENA, all participants will be coming together on stage at the Kassablanca to present an extra-special club evening.
TXARANGO Samstag, 01.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Txarango are considered among the most authentic and vibrant ambassadors of the multicultural, street-music culture typical of the backstreets of El Raval in Barcelona. Today, their fusion of reggae, dub, cumbia, and ska makes them a permanent fixture at Europe’s biggest summer music festivals – ideal venues to fly the flag for an alternative way of living and celebrating life.
Birdman (oder: Die unverhoffte Macht der Ahnungslosigkeit) Sonntag, 02.08.2015 // 21:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz
Hubert von Goisern Mittwoch, 05.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz // Ausverkauft! From the mid-1980s onwards, Hubert von Goisern has been redefining the concept of folk music in the German-speaking world. As an eternal globetrotter blessed with boundless energy and a sizeable portion of rock in his veins, he has managed to blend alpine accordion, flamenco guitar, and Filipino nose flute into a stirring musical tornado. In 2015, his release of “Federn” marks his return from a trip to the south of the USA. A performance certainly worth looking forward to.
Yann Tiersen Donnerstag, 06.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz For decades, Yann Tiersen has been one of the most important and versatile French musicians. From his studio on the remote Breton island of Ouessant he propagates – on eight albums to date – an incredibly complex style pitched between rock, chanson, folk, and ambient. In reality, though, this music is more like a film score that lures the listener into a secret cinematic world.
Calexico Freitag, 07.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Calexico have been consistently re-inventing themselves for 20 years now and have long since become global stars. They are still uncovering new worlds on each album, though, traversing Mexican folklore and American post-rock, dusty desert folk and ecstatic cumbia. Their true home – besides Tucson, of course – is the stage, on which the six gentlemen gather to jam as if there were no tomorrow. Born live performers, they are coming to Jena this year for the third time and bringing their new LP “Edge of the Sun” with them.
ANNENMAYKANTEREIT Samstag, 08.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz ANNENMAYKANTEREIT’s German folk-rock songs are crafted with blood, sweat, and tears and a lot of passion. The band members all hail from Cologne, have known each other since childhood, and began their careers in the classical manner – as street musicians. They even make their own videos. With their down-to-earth songs on life, the band is reminiscent of a younger version of Element of Crime. It’s hardly surprising therefore that, with the release of their first album in 2013, the German pop scene gained a new set of very grounded stars.
ArenAkustik im Volksbad: Marius Neset Sonntag, 09.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Volksbad At just 30 years of age, Marius Neset is already a true star on the European jazz stage. After studying in Copenhagen, he threw himself into numerous joint projects, from the explosive jazz-rock combo JazzKamikaze to concert appearances with Michael Wollny. Today he has five releases of his own under his belt that show him to be an extremely versatile songwriter, mingling jazz, symphonic material, and his own instrumental style.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Mittwoch, 12.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are an object lesson in music-making in the home. The three siblings from London have gradually relocated their quest to penetrate the roots of rock’n’roll from the living room to the festival stages of the world. Their music is characterised by anarchistic humour and an honest yearning for an authentic, warm sound. This manifests itself not only in fresh interpretations of classic material, but also in numerous compositions of their own.
Olli Schulz & Band Donnerstag, 13.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Despite now living in Berlin, Olli Schulz is a Hamburg lad through and through. Blessed with a refreshing Nordic sense of humour and a healthy dose of pragmatism, he’s been piloting the German singer-songwriter fleet into the sunset for some years now. His songs teeter between verbal lunacy and cultivated melancholia, yet somehow always manage to go straight to the heart.
Gregor Meyle Freitag, 14.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Over the last few years, Gregor Meyle has turned into one of Germany’s most high-profile singer-songwriters. Although recently “discovered” in a TV talent show, he has actually been pursuing a musical career in his own right for much longer. With his guitar-driven ballads and soulful lyrics, he has revived a genre in Germany that had long sounded overblown and dated. Meyle, however, turns each song into an absolutely fresh and intensive experience.
Talisco Samstag, 15.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Talisco is what you might call France’s “wunderkind”. He emerged in 2013 with a song in his hand and in the following two years has created a musical universe that is unrivalled. His spectrum reaches from guitar folk through dream-like piano odes to euphoric synthpop, borne along by his stunning, sparkling, clear voice.
ArenAkustik im Volksbad: Lubomyr Melnyk Dienstag, 18.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Volksbad The Ukrainian-Canadian Lubomyr Melnyk is surely one of the most significant and unconventional pianists of our time. During his almost fifty-year career he has developed his own particular playing technique which he calls “continuous music”. Breathtakingly fast-flowing sequences of notes morph into an almost organic, intricate tapestry of sound of unparalleled beauty and complexity.
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Mittwoch, 19.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni Ba are among the true guardians of the West African musical tradition. Thanks to countless experiments on the ngoni – the ancient Malian lute – they are catapulting its traditional sound into the here and now – and beyond. Kouyaté’s fourth album, “Ba Power”, is brand new, released in April 2015. With each live performance, his band is bringing the radically overhauled afro blues-rock to all four corners of the globe.
John Butler Trio Donnerstag, 20.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Backed by his trio, John Butler has for many years been rated one of the most successful and ambitious musicians in Australia. His upbeat blues-folk has not only largely characterised typical Australian music, but has also had a word or two to say on environmental issues and questions of social justice. His sixth studio album sees him turn once again to more universal human stories, but the sound bears the unmistakable Butler-blues hallmark.
Gabby Young & Other Animals Freitag, 21.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz British band Gabby Young & Other Animals delight in cultivating the cliché of the eccentric Briton. Like an eight-headed hydra, they pounce on their musical heritage of jazz, gypsy folk, swing, and the popular music of a glorious bygone age, before cheerfully giving it a celebratory mauling in their honkytonk-steampunk mincing machine!
kulturarena club im kassablanca: Lilabungalow & Klinke auf Cinch DJ Set Freitag, 21.08.2015 // 23:30 Uhr // Kassablanca Gleis 1 Lilabungalow have long been a fixed star in the pop heavens above Thuringia. Now, in 2015, their second release reveals them to be enthusiastic pop protagonists; musical artistes teetering on the brink between stage and audience and effortlessly juggling pop, jazz, country, electro, and glitch. Moments of delicate beauty alternate with a wild, driving urgency, reaping frenzied screams from club crowds.
Get Well Soon Samstag, 22.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz With his Get Well Soon project, Konstantin Gropper has progressed since 2008 to become one of the most important German pop musicians. Together with his tour colleagues, he deftly arranges snippets of melodies and texts culled from sources as diverse as trash cinema and Heidegger into a single, giant construct – a good old-fashioned, profoundly dramatic song. Bryan Ferry would love it.
Skinny Lister Sonntag, 23.08.2015 // 20:00 Uhr // Theatervorplatz Contrary to expectations, Skinny Lister is not your typical sober, no-frills folk band. But they have been dubbed the “hardest-working band” in the UK, thanks to an unparalleled number of live performances at summer festivals. They play romantic folk songs with a slightly imperious punk attitude. If you’re not moved by this rather eccentric but potent mixture, you must have a heart of stone.