© Anna Maria Krężel // KIM Collective
So, 08/11/2020, 18:00 Uhr

Beyond w/ Bernhardt feat. The Micronaut & Meuroer Mandolinen // De-Isolation

Jazzfest Berlin 2020


Beyond w/ Bernhardt feat. The Micronaut & Meuroer Mandolinen
The accomplished theatre composer and conceptualist Friederike Bernhardt was enlisted by the polystylistic jazz musicians of this ensemble to expand its sound world with her electronic interventions, and as the collaboration took root and grew so did the possibilities. Beyond w/ Bernhardt reached a new dimension this past summer when the band brought in a group of mandolin players from the Meuro district of Saxony-Anhalt to leaven its meditative grooves and richly contrapuntal arrangements with a sound far outside jazz tradition. The project beautifully blurred genre lines with its urban-rural mélange, but the leader pushed things further by bringing the acclaimed electronic music producer the Mirconaut (aka Stefan Streck), into the fold. In a series of concerts held in Leipzig and South Tyrol he deployed samples of the four Meuro mandolinists, enhancing and stretching the group’s already vast sonic palette with additional textures and chopped-up phrases. For this special premiere at Jazzfest Berlin all of the elements come together, as mandolinists Stephan John, Gisela Stöven, Melanie Voros, and Aviva Goesch and the Micronaut will both join the band live for the first time, fostering a wide-open dynamic that promises thrilling give-and take, as disparate forces push and pull against the core ensemble’s plangent grace and mesmerizing melodic shapes. Beyond all, indeed.

Friederike Bernhardt electronics, synthesizer
Theresia Philipp saxophone, clarinet
Johannes Ludwig saxophone
Heidi Bayer trumpet
Damian Dalla Torre bass clarinet
Volker Heuken vibraphone
Lorenz Heigenhuber bass
Bertram Burkert guitar
Jan Roth drums


In the closing performance of the festival, members of KIM Collective will reconnect with other contributors of the Berlin jazz scene to create a one-time performance including commissioned videos from Jazzfest Berlin Off Stage.

This concert is part of the Jazzfest Berlin Radio Edition


  • silent green Kulturquartier
  • Gerichtstr. 35, Berlin
  • Ticketpreis: 15 € / ermäßigt 12 €