Night Train - Ludwig Hornung, according to FAZ an "inspiring pianist" and according to JAZZ THING "a master of touch and color whose music always has something to say", invites internationally known and active colleagues and friends from the Berlin jazz scene to board the "Night Train" together with them and the audience, on a journey through the most diverse places of jazz. Sometimes energetic, sometimes melancholic, but always with intensity and verve. They play their own compositions and those of others, from Miles Davis to Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman to Thelonious Monk.
The pianist Ludwig Hornung, born in 1986 in Bad Dürkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, won countless first prizes at "Jugend musiziert" and "Jugend jazzt" competitions in his youth. During his piano studies in Stuttgart, he was a member of the backing band "Soulfood International", with whom he accompanied renowned raggae musicians such as Rico Rodriguez, Derrick Morgan and Alton Ellis at concerts, festivals and tours throughout Europe. In 2008, he then transferred to the Jazz Institute Berlin, where he graduated with top grades in July 2011 with a bachelor's degree. He has played and performed with Wanja Slavin, Rudi Mahall, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tobias Delius, Frank Gratkowski, Felix Wahnschaffe, Ben Kraef, John Schröder, Phil Donkin, Paulo Cardoso, Diego Pinera, Tony Lakatos, and many others. His musical activities have taken him to France, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Austria, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the USA. In 2017 as well as 2018 Ludwig Hornung received a scholarship from the Berlin Senate.
Ben Kraef is a German-Montenegrin saxophonist and composer who lives in Berlin and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. In 2007, he moved to New York City and earned a Master of Arts degree from the City College of New York in 2009. The list of internationally renowned musicians with whom Ben has performed and recorded includes Lalo Schifrin, Archie Shepp, Phil Woods, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, Gunther Schuller, Tania Maria, John Clayton, Jim McNeely, Peter Herbolzheimer, David Gilmore, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Anders Mogensen, George Garzone, Herb Geller, Vincent Herring, Pee Wee Ellis, Ari Hoenig, Lonnie Plaxico, Charles Tolliver, Yoshiaki Masuo. ., HR Radio Bigband and the WDR Bigband. Ben has also performed with several well-known pop groups, including "Wir Sind Helden" and Joy Denalane, and has recorded two albums as a leader. The first, "Berlin - New York", was released by ACT with bassist John Patitucci, drummer Marcus Gilmore and pianist Rainer Boehm, the second, "Think of One" (shoebill music), was recorded in trio formation with drummer Albert Tootie Heath and John Patitucci.
Dima Bondarev has long since made a name for himself as one of the most respected up-and-coming young musicians in Germany. Born in 1984 in Ukraine, Bondarev began playing trumpet at the age of nine and has lived in Berlin since 2013, where he completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB). He has collaborated with many outstanding musicians in the European and American jazz scene, including Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, NDR Big Band, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig and many others. He has been dedicated to jazz since his early childhood. After moving to Berlin in 2013, Dima formed his own international band with which he has experienced many glorious moments; some of the highlights are the 2nd prize of the "50th Jazz and Odra Festival' in Wroclaw (Poland, 2014), the 1st prize of the Festival de Jazz à Montauban (France, 2014),JIB Jazz Prize of the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Gestiftet von Toni und Albrecht Kumm (Germany, 2015) and the the 2nd prize of the Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy, 2017). In September 2017, Dima's Quintet released his debut album under the name “I'm Wondering” on Unit Records. In 2018, Dima formed his new quartet, with which he has already played countless concerts in Germany and Poland. The band around Bondarev was awarded a grant from the Berlin Senate to record an album.
Joshua Thurston-Milgrom is an internationally active jazz bassist. He has played with players such as Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Ambrose Akinmusire and other young musicians in his youth. Now on the faculty at Standford University for 20 years, Josh has influenced an entire generation of young bassists. Josh has shared the stage with many of the world's finest jazz artists, including Joshua Redman, Charles McPherson, Wycliffe Gordon, and countless others.Ivars Arutyunyan is a musician and drummer from Latvia. There he took his first musical steps, singing, playing the piano and at the age of 14 he came to the drums. Since then, he has been fully committed to his path, which has led him to international success and opportunities to develop himself as he travels the world. Despite his young age, he has had the opportunity to perform and tour with many different artists such as Greg Osby, Seamus Blake, Logan Richardson, Carsten Dahl, Tomas Franck, Jerry Bergonzi, Eero Koivistoinen, Francesco Cafiso, Aaron Parks and more. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and has played festivals and concerts with various ensembles in countries such as China, Tanzania, Greece, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Poland, the United States and the Baltic States. Various awards include internationally recognized competitions such as Jazz Hoeilaart (B Jazz), Getxo Jazz, Almeria Jazz Prize, RMC Scholarship, 'Yamaha Drum Day′ etc. Today he performs and tours extensively, lives in Paris and is one of the most sought after drummers from the Baltic countries.