KUHN FU: KUHNSPIRACY
“Kuhnspiracy is an incredibly focused work, a commendable take on programmatic writing utilising multiple music blends…an aural kaleidoscope, often mentally exhaustive yet feeling quite pertinent within the current jazz climate.” Jazz Journal, UK
”the chief attraction lies in the mash-up of genres—punk, funk, classical, folk, metal/grunge, marching music, spoken word (and probably more)—and the easy precision with which the group negotiates the incessant rapid-fire changes, from chugging power riffs to plaintive themes, from aggressive screams to gentle whispers.”
The New York City Jazz Record, USA
”I am left to contemplate Kuhn Fu’s awesomely twisted sense of humor.” Progression Magazine, USA
”From existentialism to metaphysics; this music has everything in it related to life” Cumhuriyet, TR
”Humor schwärzester Güteklasse, schaurig, witzig, spannend. Programmmusik im besten Wortsinn, zum Grinsen, zum Grübeln, zum Headbangen” Jazzthing, DE
”The music is too rich for me to think of it as a potential soundtrack – it’s more like an entire film, translated as album.”
”You can never get comfortable with any of the tracks and that is a good thing as this style of music is made to be radical and shifting under your feet. KUHNSPIRACY is not for the faint of heart, but adventurous music lovers may just get the right kick from their craziness.” rockthebodyelectric.com
”Kuhnspiracy is tons of fun, both in the compositions and the improvisations, and this is definitely a band with a sound all their own and the talent to make it work.” Jon Davis
”Kuhnspiracy is not just one of the maddest and scariest albums I’ve listened to, but for me, a Holy Shit album!….they are continuing where Don Van Vliet had left off during the continuation of the Trout Mask Replica sessions.” zacharynathanson.blogspot.com
”To my ears, they have extended the Rock In Opposition genre with their classical leanings and deranged playing. Quite an impressive release that is sure to appeal to anyone tired of the same old, same old.”
”Im Spannungsfeld zwischen den ungestümen Avant-Jazz-Prog- und den eher traditionell orientierten Jazz-Einfällen kreieren KUHN FU ihre eigene Version einer Musik, die sowohl die Avant-Prog-Freunde, als auch die offenen Jazz-Hörer ansprechen dürfte.” babyblaue-seiten.de
”Kunhspiracy n’est certes pas votre disque de prog habituel mais les fans de musiques expérimentales, ainsi que ceux des groupes précités et/ou du label Cuneiform, sont vivement conviés à s’immerger dès que possible dans ce récital extravagant.”
”Wirklich spannende Musik mit schwer treibendem Groove und gelungenen Improvisationen”
”fein gemahlener Avant Edge Rock von der Steiger Mordwand ebenso wie vor gepflegten Disharmonien strotzender Rotz Jazz, 12/15 points”
”Although their overall style is jazz, Kuhn Fu is not afraid to go to many different places. I wish that such a special group would gain more interest in the future.”
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ABOUT THE BAND
KUHN FU is a post romantic jazz/rock disorder.
A hairy fish with legs that can climb a tree.
Christian Achim Kühn
is the founder of this ensemble. Is he the fish or the legs? Or simply the disorder? Time will surely show….He is a 35 year old guitarist-composer and aficionado of orchestral music born in Cologne, Germany. Because of his post romantic stress disorder he is in constant search for string players. If you happen to be one give him a call and you might be in the centre of grand plans. He is known for his entertaining stage talk and within the band for his not so entertaining stressing.
Ziv Taubenfeld ( 31 ) is a bass clarinet player from Karmiel, Israel. He is the leader of the great Trio BONES ( Leo Records ) and a very active figure in the Amsterdam Improvisation Scene. His intense playing style demands a lot of nutrition, which makes our touring a constant search for food with some occasional musical entertainment in between. Besides music and food he is a married man, smoking a funny pipe and letting sentences full of wisdom out of his hairy head.
Esat Ekincioglu ( 27 ) is our big baba bass of the band and was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He leads his own Ethno Jazz Trio AVA and is the bass player of Hiske Oosterwijk’s EVA. Despite being a musician he is also a tough business man, that’s why we appointed him as band manager. Another asset to the band is his big blue car Günter, which he likes to drive fast and that makes our touring possible but sometimes also dangerous.
George Hadow ( 25 ) is the new drummer of KUHN FU, replacing Lav Kovac who retired from touring so he can focus on his own music and self enlightenment. George is English, very English. He puts vinegar on fries, likes lamb in mint sauce, drinks tea with milk and is very polite at the same time. He is also a great drummer which gave us no choice other than to hire him. So now we have a German-English-Israeli-Turkish outfit and thanks to Brexit, George ads some exotic non European culture to the band.
That’s the band and all you need to know.
We left out the important awards ( 0 ) and countries we have toured: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy, Turkey and Israel
If you like the music please contact us for a gig or simply show us your love by sharing it with your friends.
With Kosher Love, Turkish kisses, English stiff upper lips and German hugs we greet you
After two years of heavy touring we are proud to announce our latest oeuvre Kuhnspiracy, released on UNIT Records 31st MArch 2017.
We’ve been on the road in 7 countries for the last two years, played over 100 concerts, drank lots of shitty coffee and drove thousands of kilometers in a blue Ford Transit called Günter.
Then we decided it’s time to record an album and we went all analog at the famous Clouds Hill Studios in Hamburg, mixing at LowSwing Studios Berlin, mastering at Amsterdam Mastering and let the Viennese illustrator Artur Bodenstein draw a dark cover that resembles all the characters which appear in the music. Because after all, Vienna is the city of the romantic where they invented and worship the depression.
It’s a record about failure, death and humanity. A sarcastic view on life but with a glimpse of optimism, not taking itself too seriously.
The influence classical music had on this record is undeniable and maybe that makes it, considering the instrumentation and intensity, a peculiar patchwork. The compositions are all written by Christian Achim Kühn, but only on stage through many concerts they could be shaped as they appear on the record. No overdubbing and almost no editing has been done in the studio. What you hear are full on live performances recorded on 2” tape. The focus is not on improvisation but on telling a story as an ensemble with dynamic extremes.
Everything has been done with great care for detail. It’s a record that’s totally KUHN FU and stylistically hard to define, a subjective eclectic view on music and life.
All compositions by Christian Achim Kühn,
except Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington
Recorded live at Studio Bee, Istanbul April 13th 2015
Sound Engineer Baran Göksu & Umut Çetin
Mixed by Baran Göksu
Mastered by Leo Grimaudo
Artwork by Daniel Menzel & Igorizo
released June 28, 2015
|06 Mar 2018||Kraków, PL Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club||Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club|
|07 Mar 2018||Bielsko-Biała, PL Rude Boy||Rude Boy|
|08 Mar 2018||Budapest, HU Gólya||Gólya|
|09 Mar 2018||Budapest, HU Opus Jazz Club||Opus Jazz Club|
|10 Mar 2018||Bistrica ob Sotli, SL Klub Metulj||Klub Metulj|
|11 Mar 2018||Marghera, IT Argo16||Argo16|
|12 Mar 2018||Torri di Arcugnano, IT La Beccaccia||La Beccaccia|
|13 Mar 2018||La Spezia, IT Bacchus||Bacchus|
|14 Mar 2018||Freiburg, GER E-Werk||E-Werk|
|03 May 2018||Amsterdam, NL De Ruimte||De Ruimte|
|05 May 2018||Rotterdam, NL Jazzcafe Dizzy||Jazzcafe Dizzy|
|07 May 2018||Bucharest, RO Jazz Nouveau@Control Club||Jazz Nouveau@Control Club|
|10 May 2018||Oviedo, ES Lata de Zinc||Lata de Zinc|
|11 May 2018||Pontevedra, ES Liceo Mutante||Liceo Mutante|
|12 May 2018||Don Benito, ES THE RINCÓN PÍO RADIO RAG PARTY||THE RINCÓN PÍO RADIO RAG PARTY|
|16 May 2018||Granada, ES Asociación Ool-Ya-Koo||Asociación Ool-Ya-Koo|
|16 May 2018||Granada, ES DISCOS BORA BORA lunch gig 13h||DISCOS BORA BORA lunch gig 13h|
|20 May 2018||Granollers, ES Dràstik Punkaires @ 12PM||Dràstik Punkaires @ 12PM|
|20 May 2018||Toulouse, FR Le Taquin||Le Taquin|
|21 May 2018||Ainay-le-Chateau, FR Bistrot Culture||Bistrot Culture|
|22 May 2018||Gent, BE De Centrale||De Centrale|
|23 May 2018||Brussels, BE La Machine||La Machine|
|23 Jul 2018||Čačak, SER Karusel Festival||Karusel Festival|
|26 Jul 2018||Zelenkovac, BIH Zelenkovac Jazz Fest||Zelenkovac Jazz Fest|
|28 Jul 2018||Smolyan, BG Perilik Jazz Festival||Perilik Jazz Festival|
|26 Aug 2018||Saalfelden, AT Jazzfestival Saalfelden||Jazzfestival Saalfelden|
|05 Feb 2018||Mainz, GER Schon Schön||Schon Schön|
|04 Feb 2018||Basel, SUI Renee||Renee|
|03 Feb 2018||Saarbrücken, GER GARELLY HAUS||GARELLY HAUS|
|02 Feb 2018||Erlangen, GER Raum und Klang||Raum und Klang|
|01 Feb 2018||Linz, AT Arthouse||Arthouse|
|31 Jan 2018||Göppingen, GER Jazzclub||Jazzclub|
|30 Jan 2018||Munich, GER Unterfahrt||Unterfahrt|
|28 Jan 2018||Münster, GER Cuba||Cuba|
|09 Dec 2017||Groningen, NL atelier il sole in cantina||atelier il sole in cantina|
|17 Oct 2017||Thüringen, GER Jazzmeile Festival||Jazzmeile Festival|
|15 Oct 2017||Berlin, GER Artistania||Artistania|
|14 Oct 2017||Hamburg, GER White Cube||White Cube|
|13 Oct 2017||Dresden, GER Jazzclub Tonne||Jazzclub Tonne|
|12 Oct 2017||Hradec Králové, CZ Jazz Goes to Town Festival||Jazz Goes to Town Festival|
|11 Oct 2017||Leipzig, GER Pool Garden||Pool Garden|
|10 Oct 2017||Hannover, GER Cafe Glocksee||Cafe Glocksee|
|09 Oct 2017||Cologne, GER Heimathirsch||Heimathirsch|
|08 Oct 2017||Mechelen, BEL NONA||NONA|
|07 Oct 2017||Wuppertal, GER LOCH||LOCH|
|06 Oct 2017||Middelburg, NL Kafe 't Hof||Kafe 't Hof|
|02 Oct 2017||Berlin, GER im Schatten des Irrlichts@Humbolthain Club||im Schatten des Irrlichts@Humbolthain Club|
|04 Aug 2017||Copenhagen, DK Tøjhuset||Tøjhuset|
|03 Aug 2017||Odense, DK Jam Days Festival||Jam Days Festival|
|02 Aug 2017||Hamburg, GER MS Stubnitz||MS Stubnitz|
|01 Jul 2017||Bolzano, IT Südtirol Jazzfestival||Südtirol Jazzfestival|
|16 Apr 2017||Groningen, NL Brouwerij Martinus||Brouwerij Martinus|
|15 Apr 2017||Aachen, GER Hotel Europa||Hotel Europa|
|13 Apr 2017||Berlin, GER Bflat||Bflat|
|12 Apr 2017||Würzburg, GER FREAKSHOW@STANDARD||FREAKSHOW@STANDARD|
|11 Apr 2017||Luxembourg City, LUX De Gudde Wëllen||De Gudde Wëllen|
|10 Apr 2017||Ghent, BEL Trefpunt||Trefpunt|
|09 Apr 2017||Brussels, BEL Roskam||Roskam|
|08 Apr 2017||Dordrecht, NL Kunstrand||Kunstrand|
|07 Apr 2017||The Hague, NL Regentenkammer||Regentenkammer|
|06 Apr 2017||Cologne, GER Pfandhaus||Pfandhaus|
|05 Apr 2017||Amsterdam, NL Mezrab||Mezrab|
|04 Apr 2017||Zutphen, NL Filmtheater Luxor||Filmtheater Luxor|
|15 Feb 2017||Vienna, AUT FLUC||FLUC|
|14 Feb 2017||Kutna Hora, CZ Ceska 1||Ceska 1|
|13 Feb 2017||Prague, CZ Jazzdock||Jazzdock|
|12 Feb 2017||TBA, CZ TBA||TBA|
|11 Feb 2017||Česká Lípa, CZ U Bilyho Cernocha||U Bilyho Cernocha|
|10 Feb 2017||Weimar, GER Kasseturm||Kasseturm|
|09 Feb 2017||Berlin, GER Dave Lombardo||Dave Lombardo|
|08 Feb 2017||Erfurt, GER Frau Korte||Frau Korte|
|07 Feb 2017||Hamburg, GER JazzLab||JazzLab|
|06 Feb 2017||Bremen, GER Kulturbunker||Kulturbunker|
|04 Feb 2017||Groningen, NL Il Sole In Cantina||Il Sole In Cantina|