Das COB | Composers’ Orchestra Berlin

The COB is a large orchestra, with strings, horns and rhythm section, founded in autumn 2010 by composer & conductor Hazel Leach. The members of the orchestra are not only improvising instrumentalists, but are also the composers. There is no fixed line-up: the composers can select instruments from the pool, to develop a brand-new and innovative orchestral repertoire with stylistic influences ranging from classical to jazz and from folk to free…. the music written for this band has no exclusion zones.

Since its founding in the autumn of 2010 the COB has become an established part of the Berlin jazz-scene, with regular concerts in the Kunstfabrik Schlot.

In 2014 it won international recognition with the release of two very different CDs: the audio-book “Spazieren in Berlin” (texts by Franz Hessel, music by ten COB-composers, produced by the rbb (Radio Berlin Brandenburg) and the first orchestra CD “Free Range Music” (JHM 224).


Composers’ Orchestra Berlin



Many of our COB-composers have written too much to play regularly. In April 2020 we released the CD ‘Vanishing Points’ with music written by our bassist Dirk Strakhof (Jazzhausmusik JHM 271).

Das Ergebnis dieses metamorphischen Prozesses ist zeitlos schön, sinnlich, mal meloncholisch, ekstatisch, nur eins nicht - langweilig.

Jazz Podium 6/14 Detlef A. Ott


  • We’re back in the Kunstfabrik Schlot on Tuesday 24th March with a bunch of new Free-Range pieces. Spring is here!Concert starts 21:00, bar opens 20:00Free entry, donations appreciated. Kunstfabrik Schlot, Edisonhöfen-Invalidenstr. 117, 10115 Berlin www.kunstfabrik-schlot.de S1, S2, S25 Nordbahnhof, U6 Naturkundemuseum, Tram: M5, M8, M10,......

  • Friday. 24th January 2020 Kulturstall Schloss Britz Alt-Britz 81, 12359 Berlin Concert begins at 19:30, Info and programme: https://www.visitberlin.de/de/event/jazzfest-neukoelln-2020...

  • In November we’re presenting a series of new Free-Range pieces by our COB-composers: ao Tian Korthals, Heiko Kuhlenkampff, Daniel Meyer and Davis West. Concert starts 21:00, bar opens 20:00. Pay as you like. Kunstfabrik Schlot Edisonhöfen-Invalidenstr. 117 10115 Berlin...

  • On Tuesday 8th. October the COB is presenting a Carte-Blanche Concert. In this special series, one of the ca. 30 members of the Composers’ Orchestra Berlin is spotlighted: this evening the music of bassist Dirk Strakhof is featured. Dirk has been composing since the age......

  • Free Range Music: x2! 20 September 2019 20:00 Filu Mela consists of 8 Berliners, whose compositions blur the borders between jazz, modern classic and other styles. Where: Cafe Theater Schalotte, Behaimstraße 22, 10585 Berlin Tel: (030) 341 14 85 , http://schalotte.de/ Tickets: €12, red. €8......