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Henry Kuntz
tenor saxophone, musette, wood flutes, etc.
Henry Kuntz has been intimately involved in free jazz and free improvisation for more than 30 years. From 1973 to 1979, he was editor and publisher of the internationally acclaimed newsletter/review BELLS. He first recorded on tenor saxophone in 1977 on Henry Kaiser’s Ice Death. He has played musette and various flutes since 1981, miniature violins since 1983, gamelan and xylophones since 1988, and rhaita since1999. On Humming Bird Records, he has released 2 LPs, 16 cassettes, 6 CDs, and several CDRs of solo, group, and multi-tracked free improvisations.

Humming Bird’s Earth Series Cassettes presents indigenous music recorded by Henry in Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Bali (Indonesia). These musics, along with Native American and other world musics — Henry has made additional music and dance explorations to Ecuador, Nepal, Thailand, Morocco, and Java and Sumatra (Indonesia) — have very much affected his overall musical concept.

In 1986 – drawing on aspects of music, dance, performance, and ritual – he formed the “avant-shamanic trance jazz” group Opeye. He has performed with Moe Staino’s MOE!kestra and has collaborated on various projects with edgy drone master Robert Horton.

Jazz writer John Litweiler, in his book The Freedom Principle, singles out Henry as one of a number of independent multi-instrumentalists who are extending free-form musical concepts begun by musicians of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) in Chicago in the 1960s and by the many free-wheeling English and European improvisers who burst on the scene in the 1970s.

His music has been favorably reviewed in various print and online publications, including Jazz Journal International, Cadence, The Improvisor, All About Jazz, One Final Note, Musings, New Creative Music, and Penguin Guide to Jazz.

Sax & Stories


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Free Jazz & Outlaw Poetry
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
CDs on which Henry Kuntz appears:
Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA! Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Artist: Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!
Title: Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Label: Pax Recordings PR90261
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90261
Henry Kuntz - Don Marvel One One&One
Artist: Henry Kuntz - Don Marvel
Title: One One&One
Label: Hummingbird Records CDs 2&3
Label page on this site: Hummingbird Records
Hummingbird Records CDs 2&3
Opeye Moss 'Comes Silk
Artist: Opeye
Title: Moss 'Comes Silk
Label: Hummingbird Records CD 1
Label page on this site: Hummingbird Records
Hummingbird Records CD 1
Opeye Day of the Dead
Artist: Opeye
Title: Day of the Dead
Label: Hummingbird Records 4&5
Label page on this site: Hummingbird Records
Hummingbird Records 4&5
Henry Kuntz (09/10/2003)
What has kept me going
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