FOR FREE HANDS

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Berlin . Sofia . Athen  | Urban Jazz. Balkan . Funk

Andreas Brunn (D) 7 string acoustic guitar, e-guitar | Vladimir Karparov (BG) soprano & tenor saxophone | Diego Pinera (UY) drums, percussion | Roberto Badoglio (I) E-Bass

FOR FREE HANDS is perceived as part of the Berlin-based international jazz community. The ensemble was the 2012 winner of the Berliner KultursenatCenter Jazz Prize.

The latest CD was released by LAIKA Records. For Free Hands create lively and urban sounds which are related to the contemporary times and to Europe. Europe comes together and FFH makes the soundtrack. 

FFH have a new top class line-up whose rhythm section is conformed by the ECHO (German Jazz price) winner Diego Piñera (UY) on the drums and Roberto Badoglio (I) on the bass, who studied in New York with Matthew Garrison.

FOR FREE HANDS played in front of 2000 people in September at the renowned festival JAZZ au CHELLAH in Morocco. You can find new videos from Morocco and other concerts at : www.for-free-hands.de

More Live mp3, videos and concert reviews can be found here


CHRISTIAN ERBER Radiostation NDR: “… Europe is growing together and a quartet from Berlin provides the soundtrack. For Free Hands combines modern jazz arrangements with traditional sounds and rhythms of the Balkans. “Kaleidoscope Freedom is the fourth studio album of the German –Bulgarian ensembles. A title that hearing – 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall – can comprehend as a statement for freedom. But also as a call to stand up for the human values ??it alive. Because “there is no freedom, without mutual understanding” quotes the band the French philosopher Albert Camus.

Bandleader and guitarist Andreas Brunn adds: „Kaleidoscope Freedom  stands for the color diversity of our music – and for the different perspectives of liberty. “A native of Weimar knows what he ‘s talking about. After he had to spend several months in a prison of the state security as a teenager, the music paved him the way back to freedom. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, which he witnessed first hand as a student and several line-up changes, Brunn has now found the perfect cast for his ensemble .


Check out the brand new video from Jazz au Chellah in Morocco!

FOR FREE HANDS Live at Porgy & Bess, Wien 14.10.2011 

Perpetuum 5 “Perpetuum 5” (comp. A.Brunn)

Meeting “Meeting” (comp. A.Brunn)

Kaleidoscope “Kaleidoscope” (comp. A.Brunn)


 

actionJAZZPODIUM 9/2014:  “Andreas Brunn is a dedicated guitarist and composer, an active mediatorial and reconciler and particularly fond of the East, nota bene Bulgaria. (…) “Perpetuum five” comes as electrified post-bop, grippy, squared, edged, angry, mad, jazzy. Karparov and Brunn are lively and striking. And there is the uncomfortable “Magic Friday” or the title track, in which Karparovs tendency to occasional lyricism and Brunns occasional “circuit-with-funny outbursts” provide the contrast that generates voltage and excitement.

Or view the “East Side Gallery”’s story as the story of a quartet who, without doubt, would  be able to find a comfortable place for themselves in the world, but instead they use the burden of time and the historical workup and responsibly turn it into harmless music that otherwise must have been uncomfortable to make. And it is just then that they are at their best. And on the double bass, George Donchev still plays exactly the bittersweet mix of boundless joy and all what lurks just beneath that joy.” Alexander Schmitz

JAZZ Thing 2014 / Issue 106: “Those who can count have a clear advantage, and being able to do fractions does not hurt either. 5/8, 7/8 & 13/16 are some of the rhythmic fabrics that together form the outfit of the multicultural Berlin-based quartet FOR FREE HANDS on its new CD “Kaleidoscope Freedom”, and it teems with surprising twists and turns, pitfalls and tricky cliffs.

Biographical references also play a central role, like the openness of the many facets with which they encounter the former city wall. But biography and identity are not all that matter, rather the self-evident certainty with which the quartet drives the various facets of electrified jazz and charges of energy – and also, crucial is the exuberant joy of playing.” Stephan Hentz

Gaildorfer Rundschau, 01.04.2014 “… Specialist in infernal rythyms – effusively, intoxicating– that´s how the quartet “For Free Hands” presented themselves. Compositions from their new studio-album „Kaleidoscope Freedom“ surprised the audience. The polymetric concepts produced an unusual tension in the music. When in “Magic Friday” guitar- and saxophone cadences mixed over a 13/16 beat, the musicians took to it like ducks to water. “For Free Hands” left the audience flabbergasted. …”

Westfälische Zeitung 2013: “… The ensemble FOR FREE HANDS to the known strings virtuoso and composer Andreas Brunn offered the enthusiastic audience with his energetic way of playing a best example of contemporary jazz. In a true “Kaleidoscope Freedom”, the quartet showed his view of the world, published sounded picturesque images of haunting beauty. …“

Braunschweiger Zeitung 2012: “… Is For Free Hands, a programmatic name? Approximately unrestricted freedom of musical expression? Well, the music it brings to light. For example, “ Perpetuum 5”. Slow onset, stepping up the pace. Very fast chord changes, in any quarter time, if not on the eighth. Andreas Brunn ‘s guitar solo: In the best John Scofield style, liquid melody lines and rapid chord changes merged . … “

Modernícolas , Malaga 2011: FOR FREE HANDS @ MALAGA JAZZ FESTIVAL: “… a New Way to Understanding the Jazz … Synergy is the word to define this Berlin quartet. For Freehand stand for contemporary jazz. Dissonant sounds developed into beautiful melodies that hover over a richly varied rhythm rug. This impressive quartet hit with his music, which united different cultures, all present in her spell …“

Rhein Press , 2010: “… “For Free Hands” combine searing friction full improvisation with folk , help yourself among rock, pop and classical and hungry suck honey from the avant-garde. With all his senses to their traditional roots musicians look far forward. Four musicians from three nations who take to the stage as an equal active players all the freedom in the world to do with their instruments what is possible. Four restless commuters! …“

Portrait in JAZZPODIUM 2009: „… Andreas Brunn – music with a social conscience. The Weimar Seven string guitarist and percussionist Andreas Brunn takes the concept of the “world language“ music literall. Since the mid- nineties he builds bridges to the east, crosses Bulgarian metrics with jazz, teaches children rhythm as social glue in, hiked wisely the terrain between jazz and “world music” in the group For Free Hands and has worked decisively for the mixed international “Young Music Caravan“ respect and support to gain not only in the EU. Andreas Brunn … to serve as a motor and control center, a restless traveler between avant-garde jazz, Balkan folk, rock, pop and classical technique, usually on the Seven String, but also electrically to all ethnic and stylistic influences …“ Alexander Schmitz

Kieler Nachrichten 2009: “The Fantastic Four in the Balkans noise … The exception saxophonist Karparov understands it in a unique way to combine the traditional, sometimes oriental-style way of playing his home with innovative jazz technique. Bandleader Andreas Brunn, alternately armed with 7- string acoustic guitar and electric guitar, calling repeatedly awake memories of John McLaughlin. His game and his talent for composition are profound and intelligent wit, a Jazzfuge like “Wizards ‘ Cube” finally writes not of itself …“