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BIOGRAPHY

Undoubtedly one of the busiest and most insightful individuals in the realm of contemporary music, Zack Kouns works in capacities such as bandleader, performer, author, visual artist, film maker, researcher, prankster, and composer.

Resulting from his strict recording schedule, Kouns has issued over 20 albums to date. His most recent release is 2013's The Deacon Family Tree, a threnodic, hermetic hillbilly album that follows a troubled Bath County Kentucky family on their voyage toward ruin, agony and loss. Also appearing this year is a cassette of live recordings from his winter performances in Europe. God's Hands On My Forehead: Europe 2011-2 is due out through Ownness on May 29, 2013. In support of these releases, Kouns is undertaking a spring concert tour of the United States, full details of which are available at http://zackkouns.org

Amazingly, the musical stylings between each body of Zack Kouns' work vary considerably, in no small part due to the wide assortment of tools with which he develops his songs. As a multi instrumentalist, he plays tenor and alto saxophone, harmonium, electronics, duduk, guitar, violin, clarinet, vocals, trumpet and banjo along with other devices to bring about what Kouns describes as Death Jazz, Modern Liturgical, and Apocalyptic/Hermetic musics. Likewise, the thematic and lyrical content of Kouns' forays into these self-developed genres also draws from many distinct sources, allowing him to create concept albums teeming with metaphor and allegory. Numerous esoteric subjects, chiefly religion, mythology, ancient history and romantic philosophy, manifest themselves across the spectrum of his creative output Kouns addressed his interest in these topics during an interview with Australia's Rave Magazine:

"The human organism in general can't escape these ageless ideas; to ignore them is to wither and die away, to withdraw into forests of personal meaninglessness of our own construction. Conversely, to acknowledge and explore them is painful; it requires fumbling through dark and hidden recesses inside yourself; hidden, archetypal afflictions that have been buried to make life a bit more bearable, but ultimately less enriched and illuminated."

A life-long resident of rural Appalachia, the region in its juxtaposition of beauty, brutality, love and poverty also plays heavily into the aesthetic of Kouns' work. Perhaps as a way to evaluate his place of birth through comparison, Kouns has a definite mandate to carry out adventures abroad. Through his exploits, Zack Kouns has conducted lengthy tours in North and South America, as well as Europe and Australia, with ambitions to perform on all seven continents.