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andreas-akustik-2016-bwPortrait in the german magazine “JAZZPODIUM”

Andreas Brunn – Music with social conscience

[…] The seven-string guitarist and percussionist Andreas Brunn takes the term “world language” literally. Since the mid-nineties he builds bridges towards east, crosses Bulgarian measures with jazz, teaches children rhythm out of social motives, intellectually acquires the territory between jazz and world music in the jazz quartet “For Free Hands”, and he was significantly involved in gaining international respect and support for the cross-cultural “Young Music Caravan”, even beyond the European Union. But there is more to it than that. He is also playing in a trio, several duos and solo.

For Free Hands’ (FFH) debut album “Transversal” was released in 2007. (Laika-Records 35610224.2) That FFH categorizes their music as “contemporary European jazz” may awake interest, but indicates only one facet of their music: Andreas is German, the double bass player Jonathan Robinson is American, the soprano- and tenor-saxophonist Vladimir Kaprarov is Bulgarian, Dimitris Christides is London-experienced Greek and the excellent singer Charlota Hagfors who gives guest performances is from Finland. They all met in Berlin: “Europe grows together; For Free Hands delivers the soundtrack.” That is just optimistic; like the way of thinking of a lot of artists. Because when a quartet tours across Europe together with a project called “Young Music Caravan” and performs in Pori at a Finnish jazz festival you get to think optimistic: Music overcomes boundaries as easily as every bird.

Andreas Brunn as head and controller is a restless musician who crosses over to avant-garde jazz, Balkan folk, rock, pop and classical technique. Mostly he plays on his seven-string, but also on electric guitar and even with the ebow in order to be able to handle all ethnic and stylistic influences. All FFH band members are rhythmical experts and 13/16, 7/8, 11/8 or 12/8 beats are just naturally to them. The Balkans is omnipresent and holds curious, fascinating jazz-affinity. And there you can find the key to For Free Hands’ music: Brunn and the band tried to sound the specific European roots of the modern and free jazz. And they manage to do so.

Karparov & Brunn: “Like hardly anyone else Vladimir knows how to connect the music of his home country with classical jazz influences. Thereby he plays very esthetic and excessive. This collaboration enables me to enhance my skills in several fields. I can be engaged in the music of the Balkans, particularly with the measures, the typical scales and adornments; I compose for our duo and connect that with explorations on my seven-string’s possibilities. We have been awardees at the studio price jazz of the Berlin senate in 2006 and recorded our CD after that.” The name of it is “East Side Story” and it is going to be released at the record label “jazzwerkstatt”. […] Alexander Schmitz