"Super raw, yet refined, often surprising improvisations and new universes of sounds."
"It's a delightful record to get lost in."
"Definitely in my top ten this year."
"Heftig und druckvoll, scheppernd, mit Becken- und
Bogenschlägen, kapriolenden und ostinat rubbelnden Fingern, und
Rupp dazu unter Strom mit geradezu deliranter Virtuosität."
"Guitarist Olaf Rupp and drummer Rudi Fischerlehner play
together in the duo Xenofox. Now they have added Meinrad Kneer
to their fiery, sometimes post-psychedelic narratives, who seems
to be both a free jazz beast of the purest breed and an intimate
string virtuoso and colourist. An electrifying mix has emerged
from this, already placing Puna on the list of the best albums
of the past year."
Trybuna Muzyki Spontanicznej
"Die dreiviertelstündige Veröffentlichung ist großartige
Improvisation, die in mehreren Hörgängen erforscht zu werden
"Linking guitar, bass and drums may be one of the most common
creative music configurations, yet these trios demonstrate new
ways to approach the connection."
"...energetic, compact and compelling."
Rupp Kneer Fischerlehner
Klanggalerie CD, 2023
Available from Bandcamp
Olaf Rupp plays Improvised Music on the acoustic and electric guitar. The organic flow of his music is guided neither by chance nor by dominant, willful decisions. To him the same level of focus and attentive energy should be present in loud and fast music as well as in softer, more subdued kind of playing. In all his music he explores how motion-clusters can be perceived as one agglomerated sound in motion by using spectralistic fields of tones.
Meinrad Kneer is a double bass player, composer, improviser, band-leader and label owner. His music moves along the musical boundaries of jazz, improvised, contemporary-composed and ethnic music. He studied double bass and music in the Netherlands (conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam), where he quickly entered the Dutch jazz- and subsequently the international scene of free improvisation.
Rudi Fischerlehner plays drums in various different musical projects that fall between improvised and experimental music, jazz and post-rock. He also composes and produces music for bands, film and performances. Born in 1977 in Austria he was introduced to the drums in his childhood and received lessons on drum kit and classical percussion. As a teenager he starts to perform with bands in and around Linz, then moves to Vienna, travels to Africa and China, spends a few months in New York and now resides in Berlin.
Puna is the trio's first album as a group.