She played an acclaimed album release concert at the club in October. That's why the team is pleased to welcome the exceptional talent Anna Margolina once again. In her recently released debut album “One Endless Night”, the Berlin jazz singer Anna Margolina processes her arrival from Minsk 30 years ago - it's about exclusion and the search for identity, about loneliness, humanity and the love for Berlin.
The songs - played with great sensitivity by her quartet (Kenneth Berkel, Hendrik Nehls and David Guy, today also supported by Alexander Rueß on guitar) - describe episodes from her life that still shape her today.
- ANNA MARGOLINA - VOCALS (BY/GER)
- KENNETH BERKEL - PIANO (GER)
- HENDRIK NEHLS - BASS (GER)
- DAVID GUY - DRUMS (DK/FR)
- SPECIAL GUEST: ALEXANDER RUESS - GUITAR (GER)
Anna Margolina was born in Minsk into a family of musicians and artists. Since 1992 she has been living in Berlin, where she founded her own ensembles and has been successfully playing to sold-out houses for years. Jazzradio Berlin writes: "Considering the band's sound, one could have easily dreamed oneself into a bygone era of jazz: Into a New York club lounge while people danced and drank cocktails." She toured Germany's stages as the frontwoman of the renowned Andrej Hermlin Swing Dance Orchestra, and her own programs are devoted to contemporary sounds on the border of jazz, folk and pop. In June 2023, the singer released her debut album "One Endless Night" (label XJAZZ!Music), in which she talks about her emigration.
Alexander Rueß is a freelance guitarist, composer and producer. He played in the concert line-up of the BundesJazzOrchester and graduated from the Jazz Institute in Berlin and the RMC in Copenhagen. Rueß' dance-like playing is characterized by lyrical lightness and is often contrasted by a Nordic melancholy. Concert tours have taken him across Western Europe as well as to Japan, Canada and the USA. Alexander can be heard in various line-ups with Sebastian Merk, Atrin Madani, Otis Sandsjö, Philipp Gropper and Tobias Backhaus, among others. In 2019, Alexander Rueß was awarded the Lübeck Jazz Prize and, as a member of the BuJazzO, the Frankfurt Music Prize.
Kenneth Berkel was born in Berlin in 1996 and studied jazz piano at the Berlin Jazz Institute with Prof. Köhler. He is the pianist of numerous bands, including the big band of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the orchestra of the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele, and has already played for the German President. Since 2018, he has been a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin association. Concert tours have taken him all over Germany and Europe.
In the Berlin and German jazz scene, Hendrik Nehls is one of the bassists who really swing: classically trained, but influenced by the relentless swing and groove of a Ray Brown, inspired by contemporaries like Christian McBride and learned from Ron Carter, among others. Nehls is a welcome guest at sessions as well as concerts and has played with the who's who of German jazz music throughout his career.
David Guy is a Danish-French drummer who lived and studied in New York until 2017. Today he is based in Berlin as a studio musician and plays concerts with bands of various genres (jazz, pop, Brazilian, rock, funk and Afro-Cuban). His expertise combines the musical dedication at a live show with the precision required of a studio drummer.