Biography

FOR FREE HANDS

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Andreas Brunn 

Born in Weimar in 1964, he has been playing clarinet since the age of six and started learning guitar at the age of fourteen.

Andreas Brunn studied guitar and musicology at the renown “Franz Liszt” University in Weimar. His composition „Two Faces“ won the first prize at the national guitar composing contest „OPEN STRINGS“ by the magazine AKUSTIK Gitarre.

The guitarist tours on diverse European and Asian festivals. He has worked e.g. with Uli Bartel, Mack Goldsbury, Ralf Siedhoff, Ferenc Snetberger, Stojan Yankoulov, Ateshan Husseinov & Petri Hakala. Andreas Brunn also took conga-lessons with Topo Gioa and also works as a teacher of ta-ke-ti-na percussion. In 2003, he got a scholarship in Bulgary from the Senatesadministration for Science, Research and Culture of Berlin.

In July 2004, he was an artistic director of the cultural project supported by the European Union “Young music caravan – Europe 2004”. The young European musicians travelled over 7000 km through Europe playing at well renowned festivals in 10 countries.  

 VLADIMIR KARPAROV

Sofia, 1977. Vladimir started playing saxophone at the age of 13 and made concerts already very soon with a bulgarian blowing orchestra. He played jazz first as street mucisian in Sofia. At this time he was involved both with big bands and smaller formations, and played also rock, soul and ska.

From 1995 until –99 was he studying at the state’s music academy “Pantcho Vladigerov“ in Sofia; as his concentration pont had Karparov chosen jazz- and popular music.

In 1999 he began studying jazz at the College for popular music in Hamburg, and ended his studies at the Polytechnic for Music „Hans Eisler“ Berlin with success. Taking part in diverse festivalevents, numerous concerts in Europe, India and Japan complete the image of this many-sided mucisian. Above all this he has played e.g. with Theodossi Spassov, Milcho Leviev, Ivo Papasov ,Okay Temis, Yaldaz Ibrahimova, Jiggs Whigham, Martin Lubenov, Gerard Presencer and JohnHollenbeck. 

www.vladimirkarparov.com  

DIMITRIS CHRISTIDES

A self taught drummer, he began drumming in Athens at the late age of 14 where he learned and developed his craft in various local jazz, rock, and pop bands. When he was eighteen he moved to England where he continued studying the instrument inspired by and studying such greats as: Danny Richmond, Elvin Jones, Kirk Covington, John Stanier (Helmet), Danny Carey (tool).

He has taken lessons with Paul Elliot, Pete Zeldman, Spyros Panagiotopoulos and Jojo Mayer. In 2002 he interrupted his studies at the London College of music to move to Berlin, Germany where he currently resides.

Since moving to Berlin he has been performing and recording as a sideman with a countless number of projects in every style of music: For Free Hands, Vladimir Karparov Quartett, Koulak Quartett, Soundwich Project, Hub Hildenbrand trio, Romenca, Jesse Ballard, Bukarester Tango Project, Ron Spielman, Ali Keita, Abdourahmane Diop, Ray Blue, Leon Gurvitch, Hans Hartman etc. Dimitris currently teaches at Drumschool Berlin

www.drumschool-berlin.de 

 GEORGE DONCHEV

Born in 1967, George Donchev is, to say the least, an artist in line with the greatest international musicians, honouring the school where he sharpened his technic, the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Ennio morricone, Nat Mugavero, Hal Crook and George Benson are only few of those with who he played, or even collaborated.

In this dynamic, it is not surprising to hear that 46 years old bass virtuose took part to the composition of the music for well known documentaries such as “The children of Drujba”, “Plastic man”, “Citizen can” and  “Three man around”. Furthermore, his touch has been equally requested  for the composition of successful Theater piece, in particular  “Three days of rain”, “Spiele für Mörder, Opfer und Sonstige (Shakespeare)” and “The water”.

Thus, no one asks anymore how can it be possible that George has been touring and performing in so many different countries, from South to the North of America and from Western Europe to the borders with Asia. In the meanwhile, he settled down in Berlin, where he has been working on different productions for the “Deutschen Theater””, included the well known project “A Night at the Movies”.

There, in Berlin, George Donchev is a highly demanded bass player, who is currently deeply involved with the international quartet, FOR FREE HANDS.

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