Spitze Spirituals und Spirits

Weeklong series of music and performances

in Isotop, Pohlstraße 64, 10785 Berlin

PROGRAM IN THE PAST                            


24.4.19 - 1.5.19 Sven-Åke Johansson "Pariser Mai"

01.06.19 - 20.07.19 Tefra90 "AUTOPSI POLYGLOT"

Aug 2019 Gabriele D.R. Guenther "Zipper and metal series"

September 13 - October 13 2019 "Cosmic Travellers" by Eduardo Sancamillo, curated by Daniela von Damaros. 

November 4-30 2019. Dietrich Hoffmann "The biggest demonstration in DDR, November 4, 1989"

December 9 2019 - January 6 2020: Joe Williamson, paintings/drawings.

January 14-18 2020: Die Verwandlung. Collective photo exhibition curated by students from Stockholm

February 4-8 2020: Lena Czerniawska

11.2-1.3 2020. Jörg Hasheider, Ancestry, Wall installation, mixed media, 50 pieces.

On stage

Full program 2019 as PDF


Thursday - Saturday 2. - 4. January. 2020

Three nights of Tristan Honsinger and his music.
Hook, Line and Sinker

Every night the quartet Hook, Line and Sinker will share the stage with guests.
Axel Dörner / trumpet Tobias Delius / saxophone Antonio Borghini / double bass Tristan Honsinger / cello

Tuesday & Wednesday 7-8 January 2020

A new quartet put together by Anil Eraslan.

Sylvain Kassap, clarinet
Michael Griener, drums
Antonio Borghini, bass
Anil Eraslan, cello

Thursday 9 January 2020

Conny Bauer - trombone

Matthias Bauer - bass

Dag Magnus Narvesen - drums

Friday 10 January 2020
Simon Sieger - piano
Joel Grip - bass

Michael Griener - drums
Plays Ellington/Blanton

Saturday January 11, 2020
Pierre Borel - sax
Simon Sieger - piano, tuba
Joel Grip - cello
Michael Griener - drums

plays Arthur Blythe & Julius Hemphill

Monday January 13, 2020

Jasper Stradhouders - guitar

Luca Marini - drums

Dirar Kalash - saxophone

Tristan Honsinger - cello

Tuesday - Saturday 14-18 January 2020

Klub Demboh plays Sun Ra
Five nights of original audio visual polyphony

Simon Sieger, tuba, piano

Tristan Honsinger, cello
Joel Grip, double bass
Michael Griener, drums
Antonio Borghini, double bass
Mia Dyberg, saxophone
Pierre Borel, saxophone
Carina Khorkhordina, trumpet
Frauke Nowak, voice, movements
Korhan Erel, electronics (only on 16th and 17th)
Marie Takahashi, viola (not on 15th)

Axel Dörner - trumpet (two nights only)

Sasha Markvart - polyvox (only on 15th)

Franziska Hoffmann - violin (only on 15th)

The Berliner collective Klub Demboh goes in the galaxies of history and celebrates the music of pilot composer and improviser Sun Ra. Under the expert supervision of Simon Sieger [FR].

Tuesday - Saturday 21-25 January 2020

Five nights of strings
Anil Eraslan, cello
Antonio Borghini, double bass
Marie Takahashi, viola

A new string trio of exaggerated silent bars, acoustic noise elements, minimalistic structures, new music influences, energetic groovy songs and more.

Monday 27 January 2020

Reanimation Orchestra
ELO MASING, violin
INGÓLFUR VILHJÁLMSSON, contrabass clarinet
JD ZAZIE, field recordings
AME ZEK, prepared guitar

An international open-structured multidisciplinary group of musicians united by their desire to blur the boundaries between the roles of composer, interpreter and improviser.

Tuesday - Saturday 28.1 - 1.2 2020
Marthe Lea Band
Norwegian week at Topsi!

Marthe Lea - Saksofon
Andreas Røysum - Klarinett
Hans Kjorstad - Fiolin
Egil Kalman - Bass
Anton Jonsson - Trommer
with guests:
Axel Dörner - trumpet (31.1)
Tristan Honsinger - cello (30.1)

Michael Griener - drums (1.2)

A Norwegian joyous quintet playing intense improvisations drawing inspiration from traditional folk musics.

Tuesday - Saturday 4 - 8 February 2020

Emilio Gordoa is back! After one year as artist in residence in Moers he will curate 5 concerts presenting some of his projects and new ideas.

+ Exhibition of Lena Czerniawska!

February 4th

Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone solo

Mazen Kerbaj - trumpet
Mike Majkowski - double bass
Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone
Andrew Lafkas - double bass

Ignaz Schick - turntable
Carl Ludwig Hübsch - tuba
Emilio Gordoa - bass drum & perc.

February 5th

Michael Thieke - clarinet
Emilio Gordoa - snare drum, feedbacks
Lena Czerniawska - live drawings

Felipe Araya - cajón
Eric Bauer - electronics
Emilio Gordoa - snare drum
Carina Khorkhordina - trumpet

February 6th

Emilio Gordoa - bass drum, electronics
Kamil Korolczuck - modular synthesizer

Sunk Pöschl - drums
Axel Dörner - trumpet
Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone

February 7th

Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone
Dag Magnus Narvesen - drums

Andrea Parkins - accordion, electronics
Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone
Biliana Voutchkova - violin

February 8th

Joke Lanz - turntable
Steve Heather - drums
Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone

Nicola Hein - guitar
Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone

Tuesday February 11 2020

Chaise & Chaiselongue

Tristan Honsinger - cello 

Joel Grip - bass

End of Tour!

AND, Exhibition opening (19:00): Jörg Hasheider, Ancestry, Wall installation, mixed media, 50 pieces

Wednesday February 12 2020

Marcello Busato - drums

Andrew Lafkas - double bass

Markus Krispel - saxophone

Ido Bukelman - solo guitar and bowed banjo

Thursday - Saturday February 13-15 2020

curated by Michael Griener

Thursday, 13. Februar 2020

Richard Koch - trp

Fabiana Striffler - violin

Declan Forde - p

Jan Roder - b

Michael Griener - dr

Friday, 14. Februar 2020


Johannes Fink - cello

Rudi Mahall - bcl, cl

Jan Roder - b

Michael Griener - dr

Saturday, 15. Februar 2020

Rudi Mahall - bcl, cl

Alex v. Schlippenbach - b

Antonio Borghini - b

Michael Griener - dr

Tuesday - Saturday, February 18 - 22 2020

Multi instrumentalist and composer Frank Gratkowski (saxophones, flutes) will present five nights with some of his projects and ad hoc encounters.

Frank Gratkowski - alto sax, sopranino sax, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, Bb clarinet, flute and bass flute

Tuesday 18.2.

1. Set: trio with

Miako Klein - contrabass recorder

Mazen Kerbaj - trumpet 

2. Set: Duo with

Ignatz Schick - turntables 

Wednesday 19.2.

1. Set: »The Sopraninos« Duo  with

Harri Sjöström - sopranino sax

2. Set: Quartet with 

Tobias Delius - tenor sax and clarinet

Reza Askari - bass

Steve Heather - drums

Thursday 20.2.

1. Set: »Instant Songs« Duo with

Sebi Tramontana- trombone 

2. Set: Trio with

Tobias Delius - tenor sax, clarinet 

Achim Kaufmann - piano 

Matthias Bauer - Bass 

Friday 21.2.

1. Set. Trio with

Andrea Parkins - electronics 

Axel Dörner - trumpet

2. Set. Trio with

Kalle Kalima - guitar

Oliver Potratz - bass

Christian Marien - drums

Saturday 22.2.

1. Set Trio with

Richard Scott - analog electronics 

Michael Vorfeld - percussion 

2. Set. Quartet with

Sebi Tramontana - trombone

Achim Kaufmann - piano

Steve Heather - drums

Tuesday - Saturday, February 25 - 29 2020

Great american saxophone player Michael Moore is the curator of this week. A rare chance to listen to him meeting and playing with the Berlin scene.


Michael Moore - alto sax, clarinet

Achim Kaufmann - piano

Greg Cohen - bass

Moritz Baumgärtner - drums


Michael Moore - alto sax, clarinet

Frank Gratkowski - reeds, flutes

Matthias Müller -trombone

Uli  Kempendorff - tenor sax

Christian Ferlaino - sax (2nd set)

Tobias Delius - tenor sax (2nd set)


Michael Moore - alto sax, clarinet

Tobias Delius - tenor sax, clarinet

Chino Shuichi - piano 

Willi Kellers - drums


Michael Moore - alto sax, clarinet

Andrea Parkins - electronics, accordeon

Marie Takahashi - viola

Steve Heather - drums


Michael Moore - alto sax, clarinet

Achim Kaufmann - piano

Antonio Borghini -bass

Christian Lillinger - drums


Friday June 5th - first concert on stage!

Burkhard Beins - percussion
Mazen Kerbaj - trumpet 
Michael Vorfeld - percussion

Friday June 12th - Pohlonaise 17:00 - 23:00 (concert start at 20:00)

Marina Cyrino [flutes]

Matthias Koole [el. guitar]


Friday June 19th


Christopher Dell - vibraphone

Jonas Westergaard - bass

Christian Lillinger - drums

Friday June 26th - Pohlonaise and demonstration to make Pohlstrasse a "spielstrasse" 

The Real Hook

Henrik Walsdorff - sax

Antonio Borghini - bass

Jan Leipnitz - drums

Friday July 3rd 

Ute Wassermann - voice

Joke Lanz - turntables


Wednesday - Friday July 8th, 9th and 10th

Simon Sieger - piano

Joel Grip - bass

Michael Griener - drums (not on 9th)

July 31


Toby Delius

Charly Birkenhauer

Steve Heather

August 1

Christian Lilinger

Toby Delius

5-8 of August
Gnawa Nights curated by Rachid Lamouri

Wednesday 5th

Yassin Charbatli - guembri, gesang
Mehdi Madhouni - percussion, gesang

Shingo Ali Masuda - kanoun

Ayoub Benabou - karkabou, gesang

Rachid Lamouri - karkabou, gesang

Thursday 6th

Yassin Charbatli - guembri, gesang
Reda El Foundok - karkabou, gesang

Ayoub Benabou - karkabou, gesang
Rachid Lamouri - karkabou, gesang

Friday 7th

Yassin Charbatli - guembri, gesang
Reda El Foundok - karkabou, gesang

Ayoub Benabou - karkabou, gesang
Rachid Lamouri - karkabou, gesang

Saturday 8th


Rachid Lamouri - guembri

Haroaki Otaki - posaune

Joel Grip - bass
+ guests

12-15 of August
Topsi Unter Haltung

Antonio Borghini (not on 12th), Franziska Hoffmann, Joel Grip, Marie Takahashi, Kalle Mews (only on 12th), Hiroki Mano (only on 13th), Izumi Ose (only on 14th)

Wed. 19.8


Michael Thieke - clarinet

Håvard Wiik - piano

Antonio Borghini - bass

Thu. 20.8


DER LANGE SCHATTEN + Emilio Gordoa - vibes

Fri. 21.8


DER LANGE SCHATTEN + Jonas Westergaard - bass

Sat. 22.8


DER LANGE SCHATTEN + Toby Delius - tenor sax, clarinet


Curated by Axel Dörner

26. August
Sukandar Kartadinata - guitar, electronics
Axel Dörner - trumpet, electronics

27. August
Tony Buck - drums
Axel Dörner - trumpet, electronics

28. August
Die Enttäuschung
Rudi Mahall - clarinet, bassclarinet
Axel Dörner - trumpet
Jan Roder - bass
Michael Griener - drums

29. August
Die Enttäuschung
Rudi Mahall - clarinet, bassclarinet
Axel Dörner - trumpet
Michael Griener - drums

2-5 of September

curated by Kaja Draksler

02. September


Kaja Draksler - piano
Petter Eldh - bass
Christian Lillinger - drums

03. September

Elias Stemeseder - Synthesizer
Kaja Draksler - piano
Christian Lillinger - drums

Ignaz Schick- turntables

04. September

Axel Dörner - trumpet
Kaja Draksler - piano

Antonio Borghini - bass

05. September

Marcin Masecki - piano
Kaja Draksler - piano

9 of September

Eldar Tsalikov - saxophon, clarinet

Rudi Mahall - clarinets

Joel Grip - double bass

Michael Griener - percussion

10 of September

Erinnerung an Litfaß

Niklas Fite - guitar

Joel Grip - double bass

Sven-Åke Johansson - drums

11 of September

Jasper Stadhouders - guitar

Liz Albee - trumpet

Samuel Hall - drums

Klaus Küvers - double bass

Markus Krispel - Alto Saxophone

12 of September

Jasper Stadhouders - guitar

Luca Marini - drums

Markus Krispel - Alto Saxophone

Xavier Lopez - electronics & piano

Hilary Jeffrey - Tuba & Trombone

Topsi isst Au!

We are open from Wednesday to Saturday (17-00UHR) 

The concert start at 20:30 sharp. You can make a reservation for the whole evening by emailing us (not by FB) at any time. Your seat is only confirmed when you recieve an answer from us (we might have to give away your seat if you don't show up in time). We have to make these measures because of the restrictions of the number of audience due to the pandemic. You will also be asked to leave your name, adress and telephone number.

Das Konzert beginnt pünklich um 20:30. Reservierungen für das ganze Konzert (alle Sets) per Mail (nicht FB) sind jederzeit möglich. Deine Reservierung wird bestätigt durch eine E-Mail von uns. Aufgrund der Pandemie haben wir eine beschränkte Anzahl von Plätzen. Beim Einlass werden wir euch auch nach Namen, Adresse und Telefonnummer fragen. 


16 of September

Raed Yassin - electronics

Ute Wassermann - voice

17 of September

Gustavo Obligado - alto sax

Sofia Salvo - baritone sax

Christian Kühn - guitar, viola 

Kido Gohn - cello

18-19 September

Gnawa nights

Rabii Harnoun (Guembri,  Gesang)

Houcine Anjjar (Karkabou Gesang)

Rachid Lamouri (Karkabou Gesang)

Mehdi Madhouni (Karkabou Gesang)

Abdechafi Sobaire (Karkabou Gesang)

in collaboration with Gnawa Deutschland e.V.

OBSERVE: Because of the high demand from audience to hear the Gnawa Nights (and because of the unfortunate pandemic restrictions) we kindly ask you to choose one set for the concert. When reserving, please specify which set you like to hear: Set 1 at 20:30 or set 2 at 21:45. 

Liebes Publikum, Aufgrund der großen Nachfrage für die Gnawa-Konzerte am 18.+19.09. und unserer (wegen der Pandemie) geringen Platz-Kapazität bieten wir pro Gnawa-Abend zwei lange Sets an. Set1 20.30 - 21.30 Uhr und Set2 21.45 - 22.45 Uhr. Ihr könnt ein Set pro Abend reservieren. Wir bitten Euch pünktlich zu kommen. Die Karten gehen andernfalls an Wartende.

23-26 of September

curated by Berlin label "Trouble in the east"

program tba

30 September

curated by Carina Khorkhordina

1 October

Siri Salminen - movements

Sofia Salvo - baritone sax

2-3 October

Curated by Markus Krispel

7 October

curated by Declan Forde

8 October

curated by James Banner

10 October

Tribute to Sheep

Prune Bécheau - violin

Joel Grip - double bass

14-17 October

curated by Yorgos Dimitriadis

21-24 October

curated by Matthias Müller

29-31 October 

Die Hochstapler

Pierre Borel - sax

Louis Laurain - trumpet

Antonio Borghini - bass

Hannes Lingens - drums

4-6 October

Phil Minton - voice

Audrey Chen - voice





Inhaltlich verantwortlich

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Pohlstrasse 64

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