A Detroit area native, Daniel Kahn attended the University of Michigan where he studied acting, directing, playwriting and poetry. After finishing his studies he lived, played music, recorded, acted, directed plays and composed theatre music in New Orleans, Detroit, New York and Ann Arbor.
In summer 2005 Daniel moved to Berlin, and, within a very short space of time, became an integral part of the city’s folk and klezmer scene, playing in different groups and musical projects. As a corollary, he soon formed his own band, featuring a rotating roster of some of Berlin and New Yorks best young Klezmer and Balkan players.
"The Painted Bird" concocts a mixture of Klezmer, radical Yiddish song, political cabaret and punk folk, kept together by Kahn's amazing abilities both as a songwriter and a performer; telling stories of outrageous incidents, poetically dark, tragically humorous and politically incorrect.
Fronted by Jewish-Detroiter singer-songwriter Daniel Kahn on vocals, accordion, piano and guitar with East German Johannes Paul Graesser on fiddle, US expat composer Michael Tuttle on upright bass and a rotating roster of some of Berlin and New Yorks best young Klezmer and Balkan players, the band was formed in Berlin in fall of 2005. Guest artists on the CD include NY downtown Tsadik players Brandon Seabrook & Eric Rosenthal (Naftule's Dream), Holland's rising yiddish folk diva Niki Jacobs (Nikitov), and members of Berlin's "Grinstein's Mishpoche" and "Shikker Vi Lot." Like the grotesque Jerzy Kosinski novel from which they take their name, The Painted Bird reminds us that even if man is only an animal, he can still sing.
"Dan Kahn is the hottest damn songwriter you've never heard of. Kahn is not only an amazing multi-instrumentalist/playwright/poet, he also typifies the youthful ethos that reminds us that music without heart is just a bunch of noise."
01. Beyze Vintn
02. The Broken Tongue
03. Yesterday is Buried
04. Nakht un Regn
05. Migrant Chorale
06. Die Ballade von der 'Judenhure' Marie Sanders
08. Unter di Khurves fun Polyn
09. Son of Plenty
10. Edward the Young
11. Man of Plenty
12. The Silver Window
Daniel Kahn – vocals, accordion, piano, guitars, ukulele, etc.
Johannes Paul Gräßer – violin
Michael Tuttle – contrabass
Detlef Pegelow – drums, horns, mandolin, etc.
Bert Hildebrandt – clarinet
Niki Jacobs – guest vocals
Sabine Ostermann – backing vocals on "Edward The Young"
Fabian Schnedler – backing vocals on "The Broken Tongue"
Brandon Seabrook – lead electric guitar & banjo on "Yesterday Is Buried"
Eric Rosenthal – drums on "Yesterday Is Buried"