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Return of Hans Shmitz

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.

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.

live at Bimhuis Amsterdam 25th April 2019 Oswaldo’s Waltz

written by Christian Achim Kühn

Video by Noelia Nicolas

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