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KUHN FU

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

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Live From Berlin: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Henrik Walsdorff & Ida Nielsen

Read "Live From Berlin: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Henrik Walsdorff & Ida Nielsen" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Schlippenbach-Walsdorff Quartet
A-Trane
October 31, 2018

The A-Trane is one of Berlin's best-known jazz clubs, but is surprisingly small, once discovered on its quiet street-corner. This might be a disadvantage when they're booking some of the big-name acts that appear there, resulting in lost sales from potential bookings, but ...

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Doron Segal

Doron Segal was seven years old when he started taking piano lessons at the Karmiel conservatory in northern Israel. At the conservatory, he spent nine years studying classical piano playing. Then, at the age of sixteen, he was introduced to jazz music by his brother who gave him recordings of jazz music played by Michel Petrucciani, Chick Corea and Oscar Peterson. He became fascinated by the atmosphere of jazz music and began playing in jazz groups. In the years that followed, he played jazz music in various projects, competitions and bands in Israel. At the age of twenty-one, Doron started studying at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, majoring in Jazz Piano, studying with Avi Adrian and Yuval Cohen

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Joel Holmes

Joel Holmes began teaching himself tunes by ear at age 10. He grew up playing with local bands and primarily in church. His family soon moved from Virginia to Baltimore so that he could attend the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. Later, Joel Holmes became the Director of Jazz at his alma mater. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance. Over the years, Joel has received numerous honors including 2 Grammy Nominations, a gold medal in the Act-so competition of the NAACP, and honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the fifth annual Independent Music Awards and an honorable mention in the VH1 Song of the Year Awards. Over the last several years, Joel has toured the world with Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vocalist Nnenna Freelon and Saxophonist Javon Jackson who is an ex jazz Messenger with Art Blakey

James Banner

James Banner was born in Dudley, England in 1991. He has studied in Birmingham, Paris and Berlin, and is now based between Berlin and the UK, working around Europe as a musician, educator and composer. In the UK he is composer in residence for Make The Paint Dance, workshop leader for Jazzlines (Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham), as well as Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. His debut album James Banner’s USINE is released on 18.10. by JazzHausMusik, with a tour of Germany and the UK in February- March 2019. As a composer he received a studio award from the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe, the Elsa Neumann Stipendium 2018 from the Berlin University of the Arts/Hanns Eisler, which supports the ambitious anthropological choir & improvising ensemble project Voices of Berlin, and was selected for Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme in partnership with Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and BBC Radio 3. He is active as a co-leader and sideman in projects including the Birgitta Flick Quartet, The Good Old Good Ones, Mark Pringle, Double Double Bass (with Greg Cohen) and the trio Elias Stemeseder/James Banner/Ugo Alunni, as well as numerous other international collaborative projects

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U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

Read "U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

U2
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin
November 13, 2018

There is a popular adage about the value of perseverance that says it doesn't matter how many time you get knocked down but what matters is how many times you will get back. That certainly applies to the malady that hit U2 during their ...

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Danielle Friedman

Born in 1991 and raised in Israel, Danielle began learning classical music at the age of 6, and very soon started simultaneously exploring the world of popular music. Her fascination and love for improvisation led her to the world of jazz. In 2010 Danielle started her studies at The Israeli conservatory (CJS) in a collaborative program with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she studied with Israel’s finest musicians and educators. During those years Danielle have experienced and worked with many ensembles, ranging in style and size - from small ensembles to big band, while working on her own music

Marcus Klossek

A Telecaster, bass and drums; That’s all it takes to make the brand new songs of Marcus Klossek sound great! Marcus Klossek is an established member of Berlin‘s jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. His new album "Taken From The Skies" (Unit Records), this time strengthened by the saxophone of Finn Wiesner, is inviting and open, energetic and cool. A sound-set Heist-Movie, it describes the planning, preparation and performance of the musical coup. There are numerous ways to tell stories; from mouth to mouth, recited and sung, through the written word, carved in stone, penciled with quill and ink, thrown by an artist colourfully onto canvas… Marcus Klossek reaches for his guitar, and we listen spellbound to the rhythms and melodies that he and his Electric Trio develop in front of us

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Dag Magnus Narvesen

Dag Magnus Søyland Narvesen is born in Stavanger, Norway. He studied drums at the jazz department at the University of Stavanger (2003-2006), with Per Oddvar Johansen and Stein Inge Brækhus, and at the jazz department at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway (2007-2008), with Tor Haugerud, Ernst-Wiggo Sandbakk and Eirik Hegdal. Dag Magnus Narvesen has since 2005 been a part of Kitchen Orchestra, an improvisation- and contemporary music collective based in Stavanger. He was also involved in the administrative aspects of the orchestra for some years. Apart from that, Dag Magnus Narvesen has been and is involved in many projects, such as Gunhild Seim's Time Jungle, Sasquatch, DaMaNa - Dag Magnus Narvesen octet and a number of other projects involving musicians such as Alexander von Schlippenbach, Johannes Bauer, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Mike Majkowski, Chris Heenan, Klaus Ellerhusen Holm, Stine Motland, Øyvind Storesund and many others.