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

Good evening!

It feels like light-years, but actually, Au Topsi Pohl is there since not even a year. At the time of the corona-barricade we count over 220 concerts. That is at least five concerts per week. The extreme intensity of the regular and ongoing activities has allowed for a small but lovely artistic pandemic in itself. The continuous exchange of ideas, between the musicians, the listeners, has gone viral in the good sense. We would like to continue being part of this beautiful maladie. But at the time we have to deal with another type of infection…

Like many other places, we have closed our doors and canceled all planned concerts and events. Now we find ourselves in the peculiar situation asking our friends, audience, musicians and supporters for help to withstand during the period we are not allowed to be open. Who knows how long this will go on? 

Therefore a fundraiser! Its aim is to cover monthly basic costs as well as for us to build up a better administration for promoting our activities. The corona times allow us to focus getting organised. We also plan for important technical upgrades to permit easier ways of recording, amplifying, as well as presenting records for sale. When we reopen we will be even better prepared to keep listening, present and share incredible moments of the highly infected (in the good sense) Berlin cultural scene. This fundraiser is at the bottom line there to support the musicians and artists making this possible!

Please help us keeping the big and spitze Au Topsi family alive until we are allowed to open again.

The first "ThankYouDrink" will be on us at the re-opening party!

We would also like to extend our thanks to those who realised the severity of the problem earlier than us and donated money before the fundraiser was launched. You are fantastic!

We'll let you know how things are going. 

We hope you are safe and sound!

Joel, Franziska, Antonio, Mara, Laura und Veronica

March 3-28 2020 (Tuesdays-Saturdays all month of March)

MARSMUSIK - KneipenOper, täglich anders operiert. 

Inszeniert durch: Antonio Borghini, Joel Grip, Franziska Hoffmann, Marie Takahashi, Prune Bécheau, Simon Sieger, Pierre Borel, Niklas Fite, Steve Heather und andere Gäste.

Marsmusik ist ein einmonatiges Event.
Operiert in einer kleinen, familiären Bar in Schöneberg, werden Handlungen, Lieder und Charaktere täglich frisch aufgetischt. Eine Kneipenoper, die den Bogen über einen Monat spannt und sich fragt wie man Geschichten inszeniert.

Eine seltsame Zeit Gelegenheit miteinander zu verbringen!

Marsmusik is a month long event processing the idea of an Opera in a small bar in Schöneberg. Staged, composed and performed by an international cast of uncompromising improvisers.

Tuesday March 31 2020


Nicolas Schulze (piano)

Alexander Beierbach (tenor/soprano saxophone)

Ceren Oykut (live illustration)

Yuko Matsuyama (voice, movement).
While the musicians play and move in complete black, the live illustrator uses her brush in the darkness and interprets the sounds and movement scenarios as a landscape through her live black-and-white drawing.

Wednesday - Friday April 1-3 2020

Gnawa Nights

With Rachid Lamouri, Yassin Charbatli, Mustafa Hamid, Shingo Ali, Kei Nomura.

Saturday April 4 2020

Reanimation Orchestra

Elo Masing, Violine
Jack Adler-McKean, Tuba
Guilherme Rodrigues, Cello
Caroline Cecilia Tallone, Drehorgel
Ame Zek, Gitarre, Elektronik
Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, Klarinetten
Marie Takahashi, Bratsche

New Work from the series Bird Music for Trees, written for Reanimation Orchestra.

Tuesday April 7 2020

Night of Flamenco

Siri Salminen, Tanz
Henna-Elise Selkälä, Tanz

Johannes Hoffmann, Guitar

Juan Cárdenas, voice

Wednesday - Thursday April 8-9 2020

Two nights of interlacing duos curated by Biliana Voutchkova

Each night will consist of two sets of interlacing duos. 

Each set will consist of three players/three duos playing without a brake.

Each of the duos will play around 15-20 minutes, “passing the ball” to the next player. 

Those two nights are part of Biliana's sequence of duo concerts Duos2020, 

taking place throughout the year at various locations / countries. 

April 8

set 1: Marie Takahashi - viola, Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone/percussion, Biliana Voutchkova - violin 

set 2: Chris Hennan - contrabass clarinet, Robin Hayward - microtonal tuba, Biliana Voutchkova - violin 

April 9

set 1: Andrea Parkins - accordion/electronics, Miako Klein - block flutes, Biliana Voutchkova - violin 

set 2: Andrew Lafkas - bass, Bryan Eubanks - electronics, Markus Pesonen - guitar, Biliana Voutchkova - violin 

Friday April 10 2020


Philipp Schmickl stellt die neue Ausgabe vor.

Es werden alle noch vorhandenen Ausgaben zum Schmökern und käuflichen Erwerb aufliegen.



Sven-Åke Johansson, Solo für Hi-Hat
Philipp Quehenberger, synthesizer
Didi Kern, drums

Saturday April 11 2020

An evening curated by saxophonist Markus Krispel


Caroline Cecilia Tallone - hurdy-gurdy, violin, melodeon, amplified objects

Lara Jones - Soprano Saxophone (GB)

Markus Krispel - Alto & Tenor Saxophone


Conny Bauer - bass trombone

Szilveszter Miklós - drums & percussion

Tuesday - Wednesday April 14-15 2020

Heval trio
Mevan Younes, Buzuq
Hogir Göregen, Percussion
Mikail Yakut, Accordion

Anatolian old and new music

Thursday - Saturday April 16-18 2020

Mahall - Rupp - Tom

Rudi Mahall, clarinets
Olaf Rupp, guitar
Kaspar Tom, drums

3 nights with 3 master improvisers at work!

Tuesday - Saturday April 21-25 2020

Marina Džukljev, piano

Pianist and improviser from Serbia Marina Džukljev curates 5 nights of encounters

with some of Berlins bests!

Among others Rieko Okuda, Marcelo Bussato, Mia Dyberg, Christof Kurzmann, Michael Griener, Korhan Erel, Raed Yassin, Michael Thieke, Antti Virtaranta, Markus Krispel, and Joel Grip.

Full programm coming up.

Tuesday - Wednesday April 28-29 2020

Mike Reed, drums

Mike Reed, master drummer and improviser from Chicago, will curate 2 concerts playing with some of the finest player in town. 

Thursday April 30 2020



Friday - Saturday May 1-2 2020

Two evenings of music organised by duo:

Martin Küchen - saxophones

Torsten Müller - double bass

On May 2nd guest will be Sven-Åke Johannson





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