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KUHN FU IS A PARANOID PROG PUNK JAZZ PERFORMANCE

KUHN FU’s third album Chain the Snake is released by BERTHOLD records on March 22nd. Christian Kühn who also composed the music sees “stylistic changes since our last record. The band today is a paranoid – prog – punk – jazz performance,” he explains. Working on the previous album Kuhnspiracy, Kühn had suffered from a “post romantic jazz/rock disorder”, a condition unknown to reputable psychiatry. “The romantic stood for an unfulfilled craving, still there, but the punk who doesn’t care is winning at the moment” he explains.

Founded in 2012 in Groningen, Netherlands, the band’s line up is Christian Kühn from Germany on guitar, Ziv Taubenfeld from Israel on clarinet, Esat Ekincioglu from Turkey on bass, and George Hadow from England.

The energy and craziness of KUHN FU’s oeuvre cannot be wished away. “The theme of the conman and villain is a recurring topic in the tracks on this album,” says the composer. He often has been told that he celebrates mad prophecies, sees only the negative and that everything is bound soon to die. Nonetheless, the band is now going into its seventh year and Kühn views that as a major achievement.

KUHN FU still astonishes enthusiastic audiences. In 2018 the band played 55 gigs in 17 countries all over Europe, from the Balkans to the south of Spain, notably at: Jazz Club Unterfahrt in Munich, Opus Jazz Club in Budapest, Control Club in Bucharest, Zelenkovac Jazz Festival 2018 in Bosnia, Saalfelden Jazz Festival 2018 in Austria, Perelik Jazz Festival 2018 in Bulgaria, So What’s Next Festival 2018 and Rock-it Festival 2018 in the Netherlands. “Audiences are getting more open minded,” thinks Kühn “and can deal better with our big musical contrasts, which are perhaps less pronounced on this album. Our music can still be accurately described as “a hairy fish with legs that can climb a tree.”

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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

“Kühn relies on K & K - Klamauk und Klasse - and is loved for it.” Salzburg News ”between cabaret and schizophrenia, a successful accent in the program” Concerto, AT

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

“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

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