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Return of Hans Schmitz [2022]

The great comeback story of one of the most ambivalent characters of the KUHN FU discography. Born as a notorious lazy person, he tried to impress the world with a dilettante attempt of climbing the Eiger-Norwand, he failed miserably, everyone thought he is dead. But somehow he survived…and something is different.

Christian Kühn – guitar, composition
Kelly O’Donohue – trumpet
Edith Steyer – alt sax, clarinet
John Dikeman – tenor sax
Jason Liebert – trombone
Ziv Taubenfeld – bass clarinet
Sofia Salvo – baritone sax
Esat Ekincioglu – bass
George Hadow – drums

Recorded 17/12/21 by Echtzeitübertragung
Mixing and Mastering by Werner Angerer

(P) 2022 // Berthold Records // www.berthold-records.de

Tantalos is generally associated with pain and desperation – but is his story not also a perfect metaphor for every dedicated musician’s aspiration to finding the perfect composition, the perfect ensemble. the perfect moment where everything comes together and magic occurs?

This is our first attempt as Large Ensemble, many still ahead, we hope, and yes, there was a lot of labor and dedication – but nothing that felt like pain or desperation. On the contrary: Call us masochists, but like almost every moment of our ten years of band history, be it on sometimes exhausting tours through half of the known world (and sometimes beyond), marathon rehearsal sessions or before surprise audiences from a dozen to thousands of listeners, we genuinely loved the strain that came with bringing this line-up together and feeding it with music that still is KUHN FU, while tapping the full potential of nine very fine and very individual musicians.

Yes, the tempting fruits of musical magic were floating around us, and we may not have reached all of them – but we do hope that on this track you’ll find at least some of the magic we all were after. And we definitely had one advantage over the mythological Tantalos: We were not deprived of the liquid that we were craving for… We hope you enjoy what you are going to listen to – may it make you feel less like Tantalos himself, but rather like the readers of Homer’s Odyssey: entertained, enriched and enthralled.


KUHN FU IX – Tantalos [2022]

https://kuhnfu.ffm.to/tantalos

Tantalos written by Christian Achim Kühn
Recorded 18/12/21 at Zentrifuge Berlin
Mixing & Mastering by Werner Angererd

Christian Kühn – guitar, composition
Kelly O’Donohue – trumpet
Edith Steyer – alt sax, clarinet
John Dikeman – tenor sax
Jason Liebert – trombone
Ziv Taubenfeld – bass clarinet
Sofia Salvo – baritone sax
Esat Ekincioglu – bass
George Hadow – drums

Supported by GEMA and Neustart Kultur

(P) 2022 // Berthold Records // www.berthold-records.de

Tantalos is generally associated with pain and desperation – but is his story not also a perfect metaphor for every dedicated musician’s aspiration to finding the perfect composition, the perfect ensemble. the perfect moment where everything comes together and magic occurs?

This is our first attempt as Large Ensemble, many still ahead, we hope, and yes, there was a lot of labor and dedication – but nothing that felt like pain or desperation. On the contrary: Call us masochists, but like almost every moment of our ten years of band history, be it on sometimes exhausting tours through half of the known world (and sometimes beyond), marathon rehearsal sessions or before surprise audiences from a dozen to thousands of listeners, we genuinely loved the strain that came with bringing this line-up together and feeding it with music that still is KUHN FU, while tapping the full potential of nine very fine and very individual musicians.

Yes, the tempting fruits of musical magic were floating around us, and we may not have reached all of them – but we do hope that on this track you’ll find at least some of the magic we all were after. And we definitely had one advantage over the mythological Tantalos: We were not deprived of the liquid that we were craving for… We hope you enjoy what you are going to listen to – may it make you feel less like Tantalos himself, but rather like the readers of Homer’s Odyssey: entertained, enriched and enthralled.


CHAIN THE SNAKE [2019]

All compositions by Christian Achim Kühn,
except Gustav Grinch by Christian Achim Kühn & Ziv Taubenfeld

Christian Kühn – guitar, voice
Ziv Taubenfeld – bass clarinet
Esat Ekincioglu – double bass
George Hadow – drums

Recorded by Paul Grau at Gismo7 Motril, Spain May 14, 2018 – May 15, 2018
Mixing & Mastering by Martin Ruch at Control Room Berlin

Artwork by Artur Bodenstein

www.kuhnfumusic.com

(P) 2019 // Berthold Records // www.berthold-records.de
credits
releases March 22, 2019

“The compositions are incredibly progressive and at the same time incredibly catchy, with the emphasis on madness”
Augsburger Allgemeine, DE

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“If we wanted an Austrian Billy Jenkins, who better than Christian Kühn and his Kuhn Fu combo. Manic in terms of guitaring, puppet-dancing and mention-the-war humour, he roughed up the festival with a bucketload of zany humour, in the guise of avant speed-jazz.”
Jazzwise, UK

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“Kühn relies on K & K -Klamauk und Klasse- and is loved for it.”
Salzburg News, AT

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“between cabaret and schizophrenia”
Concerto, AT

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“The band around guitarist Christian Kühn relies on style duels, as US saxophonist John Zorn used to, and it sounds massive”
DerStandard, AT

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“An entertaining chaos, a precisely organized action that is best experienced live – and as a reminder, there is the album for the home sofa.”
JazzThing DE

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“a fast-paced, sometimes breathtaking metal-jazz cabaret. A musical punch line chases the next one.“
Jazzthetik, DE

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“a feeling of great musical freedom in this excessive music”
Culture Jazz, FR

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“Kuhn Fu have scored another touchdown in their own take of Football with Chain the Snake as if they brought everything from the kitchen table of Jazz, Swing, Ska, Punk, and the Rock In Opposition genre into a delicious Wasabi Mango Pineapple Smoothie.”
Zachary Nathanson

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“A Colorful Combo, which once more proves that art does not know any restriction.”
rockline.si

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“Anyone who is able to think outside the box should definitely have fun with this music close to anarchy.“
musikansich.de

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“International line up, the world in art, globalization in good: “Chain The Snake” is a beautiful soundtrack to unnerving news about Brexit and other decay movements – and of course makes otherwise a good mood.“
KrautNick

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“Some ideas probably reflect the less cheerful side of the composer, like the melancholic-dark” Oswaldo’s Waltz “, which can compete with the Borrowing & Club of Gore.”

Babyblaue Seiten


KUHNSPIRACY [2017]

…a post romantic jazz/rock disorder

“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
”fein gemahlener Avant Edge Rock von der Steiger Mordwand ebenso wie vor gepflegten Disharmonien strotzender Rotz Jazz, 12/15 points”
betreutesproggen.de
”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
”ein purer Genuss für alle vom Radio- und TV-Musik-Mainstream arg geschundenen Ohren, die den Schalter umgehend von Klang-Einheitsbrei auf Extrem-Dissonanz umlegen können, ohne auf das Eine wie das Andere gänzlich verzichten zu müssen.’
musikreviews, 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.”
arcticdrones.com
”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.”
Henry Schneider
”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.”
dragonjazz.com
”Wirklich spannende Musik mit schwer treibendem Groove und gelungenen Improvisationen”
Concerto, AT


KUHNSTANTINOPOLIS [2015]

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
www.danielmenzel.com
www.kuhnfumusic.com
www.ilsoleincantina.com
©CantinaRecords2015
released June 28, 2015