“Chain the Snake” is the third and new-2019-album of the band “Kuhn Fu”, founded by Christian Kühn (GER) in our lovely city Groningen (NL), while he was still studying at the Prins Claus Conservatorium. Since 7 years "Kuhn Fu" is touring like crazy, 23 countries have been reached so far, a quartet feat. Christian Kühn (guitar + compositions), Ziv Taubenfeld (bassclarinet), Esat Ekincioglu (double bass) and George Hadow (drums). This German-Israelian-Turkish-British melting pot of fascinating energies, produce music that can be described as a mixture between
“cabaret and schizophrenia” (Concerto, AT).
The Austrian “Der Standard” says:
“The band around guitarist Christian Kühn relies on style duels, as US saxophonist John Zorn used to, and it sounds massive”.
Jazzwise, UK wrote:
“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.”
Heavy grooves, a wide dynamic range and lyrical melodies are the key elements of "Kuhn Fu"'s music. Influences range from from 70s rock music a post-romantic jazz disorder to Duke Ellington to Peter Brötzmann to Frank Zappa to Ludwig van Beethoven, which gives the music a unique balance between postrock/noise, bluesy cliches and free improvisation.
“If DADA, even Fluxus, would still be active as a modern sound vehicle, we should enjoy that naughty ingredient in the sound-jungle of Kuhn Fu and be grateful forever! Thank you Christian Kühn for this huge gift!” The Groningen Report.
Please enjoy my new video interview with Christian Kühn! We had a lovely talk about Berlin life, harmonies, composing, the audience, touring and "Kuhn Fu" of course!
Cover picture by Matthias Heschl.