MUSICIAN

I’m an active musician, currently member of Bateau Ivre, Saxokord, and Afrochanson. In the past, I was a member of Naphta, Jack Sony, Citizen Insane, Rapids, and others; I also played as a live musician with Merlin Dietrich and Toni Kater.

Bateau Ivre
Paul Kuchenbuch – voc, git, b, brass, key
Nick Whitaker – key, voc, git, b
Tobias Niederreiner – d, perc, key, programming, b, voc

Bateau Ivre’s Post-Apocalyptic Art Pop conjures up images of barren deserts, mist-shrouded jungles and stormy seas. The words take you to the depths of human existence between hope and despair. Against a timeless backdrop incorporating guitar-pop and Yiddish folk songs, ambient electronics and contemporary classical music, Paul’s wistful voice, reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke, rises from mysterious murmurs to emotional falsettos. Began as a solo project by Paul with the eponymous debut album (2011); became a trio when Paul met Nick and Tobi in Munich in 2012. Their first collaboration “Like Walking Ghosts”/”Revel” (2013) was followed by gigs in Munich and Berlin. More songs were recorded in various locations across Germany, France and Congo, resulting in the album „Somewhere Nowhere“ (2015), which features guest musicians and singers, as well as sounds from the African jungle. In Summer 2016, the band got together at the historical Funkhaus Berlin to work on their third album „Wormholes“ (2017). Recorded mostly live, it has a warmer and brighter mood than its predecessors.

Saxokord 
Ludolf Kuchenbuch – sax 
Gerhard A. Schiewe – acc 
Paul Kuchenbuch – b

Saxokord is a charming and elegant mix of Chamber Jazz and Tango, sometimes programmatic, sometimes improvised… and always entertaining!

soundcloud.com/saxokord

Afrochanson
Jean-Paul Musungay  – voc, perc
Cruz – congas, voc
David – gtr
Paul Kuchenbuch – b, voc
Kitoko – d

Music with heart and soul… music to dance to… music with a message. Four musicians from Congo/Angola and one from Germany present a blend of African rhythms and catchy melodies from intimate to energetic, with lyrics in Lingala, Kikongo, French, English, and German.

afrochanson.de