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

Fridays and Pohlonaise!

Bis auf weiteres haben wir immer Freitags ab 17Uhr geöffnet und laden ein zum wöchentlichen Wiedersehen. 

In June we will be open on Fridays only (17-23UHR) experimenting with the formula of having groups playing more but shorter sets than normal. 

The groups will play four sets à ca 15 minutes with a changing audience of max 10 people (to keep to the rules of 1,5m gap in-between tables). 
First set will start at 20:00 sharp and there will be shorter breaks between sets 1 and 2 and 3 and 4, and a longer between 2 and 3 set. Refreshments will be served for the waiting (or already enlighten) audience outside (under our big rain-protection if needed). Reservations are only possible at Au Topsi Pohl, same day, from 17UHR and on. 

Das Ensemble wird 4 Sets à 15 Minuten vor wechselndem Publikum spielen. Wegen der 1,5m Abstandsregel zwischen dem Tischen können max. 10 Personen pro Set dabei sein. Reservierungen sind am selben Tag, ab 17 Uhr vor Ort möglich.

Set 1 startet pünktlich um 20 Uhr. Zwischen allen Sets gibt es eine Pause (die zwischen Set 2 & 3 länger sein wird). Erfrischungen werden draußen serviert - jetzt wieder an bestuhlten Tischen!

Pohlonaise means that the Pohlstrasse-sackgasse turns its back to its mere mechanical transportation service and enchant its pedestrians into inventing and inhabiting the possible: Music, wine, food from Au Topsi Pohl, Les Climats and the great Crêpes-Mobile. 

ps: the fiesta totale for us and all the wonderful people who helped us with money and energy to come through this knock-out lock-down (it is not completely over...) is being prepared for a moment in a not to distant future. You will know about it!


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)

CLOSED: 11-30 of JULY

Back with concerts on July 31st.


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