Peter Kuhn made a name for himself in New York City’s “Loft Scene” in the mid to late 70’s. He played and recorded with Frank Lowe, Billy Bang, Lester Bowie, William Parker and others in that rich musical period with his music documented on Hat Hut (“Ghost of a Trance”), Soul Note (“The Kill”) his own label Big City Records (“Livin’ Right”).
After a lengthy hiatus to deal with debilitating drug addiction. Peter is once again in the forefront of creative improvised music these last few years, playing with renewed passion and commitment no doubt supported by his trainings as a Zen Buddhist Priest and more than 30 years of recovery from active addiction. Recent activities include recordings or performances with the likes of Alex Cline, Abbey Rader, Eddie Gale, Dave Sewelson, Wayne Horvitz, Chris Brown, Kjell Nordeson, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver and others.
His two 2016 releases on NoBusiness Records were received with great critical acclaim. The double CD “No Coming, No Going” (William Parker, Denis Charles, Toshinori Kondo and Arthur Williams) was included in the NPR critics poll “Reissue/Rara Avis 2016” category and “The Other Shore”, which featured this trio (Nathan Hubbard and Kyle Motl) was included on the Best Release of 2016 lists by Dusted Magazine, Jazz Right Now (Cisco Bradley), Jazz Right Now (Paul Acquarro) and SoundDiego’s Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2016 by Robert Bush. Other recent recordings include Abbey Rader’s “West Coast Quartet" and “Our Earth, Our World” a quartet with Gerald Cleaver, Larry Roland and Dave Sewelson recorded live at Arts For Arts.
In 2018 he followed up with two releases on FMR: "Intention" Peter Kuhn Trio featuring with Nathan Hubbard and Kyle Motl and "Dependent Origination" a collective featuring Alex Cline, Dave Sewelson, Dan Clucas and Scott Walton.
Peter states, "As a creative artist I hope my music reflects the anger, outrage and cry of injustice as well as shining a light on the love and beauty that exists...this requires a shift and is the language of the heart. The potential for liberation is only in the here and now. I hope my music helps point the way to harmonizing with life exactly as it is to more effectively manifest the action of compassion in all our affairs, great and small.”"