Frank Paul Schubert
alto & soprano saxophone
Kazuhisa Uchihashi
e-guitar, daxophone, resonant harp guitar
Klaus Kugel
drums, percussions, sound objects

Upcoming cd on Nemu Records
Black Holes Are Hard To Find
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JAPAN Tour September 2022
Sept-02, Kyoto, URBANGUILD
Sept-03, Fukuyama, POLEPOLE
Sept-04, Kobe, GUGGENHEIM
Sept-05, Hiroshima, OTIS
Sept-06, Fukuoka, NEW COMBO
Sept-08, Nagoya, VALENTINE DRIVE
Sept-12, Shibuya Tokyo, KOENDORI CLASSICS
Sept-13, Shibuya Tokyo, KOENDORI CLASSICS [
with special guest: Masahiko Satoh - piano]
Contact: +49 173 25 450 25 - [email]

Frank Paul Schubert, Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Klaus Kugel are three singular creators whose collective effort has resulted in a remarkable trio. In even as varied an epoch as our current one, where creative musicians now regularly and easily traverse seemingly disparate styles, there are few ensembles that impress as convincingly in their ability to bridge idioms, blend the sonic textures and timbres of the ancient with present sensibilities of technology, and fire a listener's imagination with possibilities of future music. The Japanese/German complexion of the trio, and their broad array of musical experience as composers, interpreters, leaders, and instrumental as well as technological innovators results in amazingly powerful and kaleidoscopic collaborative creations.

First concert of this brand new trio was April 2022 at Neue Sächsische Galerie in Chemnitz, Germany.
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"Frank Paul Schubert's more recent re-definition of the soprano saxophone, together with his alto, essentially contributes to the group compositions through the control of its potential free-jazz excesses, and, rather, the development of its microtonal and multi-phonic capabilities - retaining the Schubert sound and identity in the process. There are few saxophonists with Schubert's range, flexibility and no others with his touch and it's high time we heard a great deal more of him." - Simon Rose, author of the book "The Lived Experience of Improvisation: In Music, Learning and Life"

"Schubert has appeared in the company of luminaries such as Alexander von Schlippenbach, Gunter Baby Sommer, John Edwards … and, as may be deduced from that roll call, plies his wares at the more unfettered extreme of the free jazz spectrum. Here the reedman carries most of the narrative thrust, though within the confines of a focused group ethos (...)" - John Sharpe, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Holding his own in demanding situations by adding original variations on Free Jazz, Schubert proves himself a reed man whose every advance is worth following." - Ken Waxman, JAZZWORD

Kazuhisa Uchihashi experimented with a wide variety of audio instruments and innovations to expand the possibilities of the electric guitar. In 1998, he added to his instrumental arsenal the exotic daxophone invented by the eccentric German guitarist and composer Hans Reichel. The daxophone is played by stroking, fretting and otherwise touching narrow strips of wood with a bow.

A pioneering Japanese guitarist, Kazuhisa Uchihashi is involved in a wide variety of musics, but still retains a commitment to free improvisation. Born in 1959 in Osaka, Uchihashi began to play the guitar at age 12, playing in various rock bands, though he later studied jazz music. In 1988 he joined the band the First Edition, and in 1990 formed the band Altered States. He was also a member of Otomo Yoshihide's Ground Zero from 1994 to 1997.

Uchihashi also plays daxophone, and in addition to his role as a free improviser, Uchihashi has been the musical director for Osaka theatre group Ishinha, has held improvisation workshops (a project known as New Music Action) in various cities in Japan, as well as London, Oslo and Vienna.

Uchihashi has set up his own record label, Innocent Records a.k.a. Zenbei Records, had held a music festival annually since 1996 Festival BEYOND INNOCENCE.

Klaus Kugel is a model drummer, supplying both motion and combustion without so much as implying a steady beat.“ - Francis Davis, USA

„Klaus Kugel is one of the great contemporary European drummers, and plays all over the kit with a sharp hard pulse.“ - Carl Pearson, Jazz Director, WFHB Bloomington, IN, USA

"Drummer Klaus Kugel is one of Central Europe's busiest and most articulate modern jazz drummers ... he treads the boundary between inside and outside playing in a particularly incisive way; always listening and never getting caught up in his own considerable chops." - Dave Wayne, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

„Percussionist Klaus Kugel is a commanding force behind the drum set. He creates layers of tension drawn out from intuitive listening. There is a constant emotional swelling underlying every fill and cymbal crash.“ - John Vincent Barron, - JAZZ REVIEW

Contact: +49 173 25 450 25 - [email]
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Kazuhisa Uchihashi - Frank Paul Schubert - Klaus Kugel
[Photo © Photomusix/C.Marx]

Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media on the basis of a resolution passed by German Bundestag.

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