Jazz Club, Basel

Jazz Club, Basel

Jazz Club, Basel2019-11-22T16:01:11+02:00

Extensive equipment with RESPA elements

The problem

The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel was founded in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the most prestigious venues for jazz in Europe. The concerts took place in a very atmospheric vaulted cellar, due to the acoustic problem typical to such rooms, it was heavily attenuated. This, however, adversely affected the acoustic ambience factor.

Measures and results

First, a Respa wallpaper was installed on the vaulted ceiling. After this, contrary to expectations, a considerable improvement was brought in the acoustics, and the stage floor was first built using Respa. This created transparency and clarity that facilitates the possibility of communication between the musicians. Also, unpleasant resonances disappeared. Next, the absorber panels on the walls were replaced with RESPA and the Respa ceiling sails were installed. Subsequently, it became possible to play acoustic music even without any amplification.

Finally, in the spring of 2019, the parquet floor was fitted with a RESPA floor.

«We have transformed an acoustically poor concrete room into a club that sounds transparent and lively and in which you feel completely comfortable without disturbing resonances»

Says Stephan Kuhrmann (founder and artistic director of the Jazz Club)