Klassik meets Jazz with Nils Landgren
July 25, 2019 20:00

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Helge Schneider

Patron of the Evening

Nils Landgren

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Nils Landgren is doubtlessly one of Europe’s most successful jazz musicians. Fans and observers of the 62-year-old Swede are already wondering whether his days might have more than 24 hours. Critics have nominated him as the hardest working man in show business. When “Mr. Redhorn,” the man with the red trombone, is not touring with his legendary band Funk Unit or other projects bearing his name, he works as a producer and talent scout or is found passing his know-how on to his students. In the German capital, he has made a name for himself as the artistic director of the JazzFest Berlin. It is not least his versatility which is admired in this musician, who began playing drums at the age of six and discovered the trombone for himself at 13: apart from hardcore jazz, he is devoted to Swedish folk music – or he might record romantic and idiosyncratic Christmas songs, as he did on his album Christmas With My Friends. In cooperation with Doctors w

ithout Borders, Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit supports a music education project for children and teenagers in one of the largest slums of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. After leading the successful “Classic meets Jazz” projects at Young Euro Classic for five years running, Nils Landgren returns in 2019 for its sixth edition.




The South African singer Lira – or Lerato Molapo – is one of the most successful musicians in her home country, winning the SAMA (South African Music Award) no less than eleven times. The artist herself describes her style as a “mix of soul, funk, a little bit of jazz and African music”. In total, she has released six highly successful albums, from Feel Good (2006) and Soul in Mind (2008) to Return to Love (2011) and her latest studio album Born Free, which came out in 2016. Lira has also performed in many other African countries, e.g. Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Tours have taken her to Europe, where she has performed in Great Britain, France, Spain and Germany. In the USA, Lira is one of the jurors on the CBS music show The World’s Best; she also had the honour of performing during the second inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington DC in 2010.



Tini Thomsen

Born in Hamburg in 1981, Tini Thomsen studied jazz saxophone and classical bass clarinet at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, specializing on composition and arrangements in her master’s degree. She has composed and arranged for everything from string quartets to the renowned Dutch Metropole Orchestra, as well as the NDR Bigband, Hessischer Rundfunk Bigband, Norrbotten Bigband and the Jazzbaltica Allstar Ensemble, which she led in her own music during its 2017 opening concert. She has written for and performed with the Amstel and Aurelia Saxophone Quartets, Remy van Kesteren and Norah Fischer. In 2016 she won the GEMA Music Author’s Prize in the jazz and crossover category. This was preceded by the Jazzbaltica Encouragement Award and the Bujazzo Composition Price and others. She has released three CDs with her own band, MaxSax. As a big band leader, she has toured with a jazz version of Peter and the Wolf commissioned by Nils Landgren in Germany and Sweden, as a saxophonist with Cro, Dr. John, the NDR Bigband with Al Jarreau and with Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit.


Saxophone, Arrangements

Ebba Åsman

Christin Neddens

Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu
Alto Saxophone

Brandon Ruiters

Siya Makuzeni

Sibusiso Lerole

Viwe Mkizwana

Musawenkosi Mdluli

6:30 pm “Why jazz and classical music meet so rarely”
In cooperation with the Max Planck Society at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket.
Speaker: PD Dr. Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neurosciences, Leipzig
Moderator: Anne Kussmaul
The language of this event is German


This year, jazz legend Nils Landgren meets musicians of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra from South Africa. For the sixth time, he brings young musicians to Berlin to rock the Konzerthaus with them. Join us for the grooving rhythms of this mix of jazz, African folklore and classics! We guarantee there won’t be a foot in the house that’s not tapping along…

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