Ludi Hinrichs is a jazz composer/performer from Nevada City who has performed with Terry Riley, Gary Snyder and Chuck Berry. He is inspired by pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and the Serbian composer Goran Brejovic. He leads his own groups, Chicken Bonz, Kairos, and The Ludi Hinrichs quintet.
ChickenBonz takes us through the colors and passions of the ancient past to the future with their powerful and compelling sound, driven by a 4 piece horn section playing compositions using Indian Raga, didgeridoo with tabla, or ancient Middle Eastern melodies. The combination of musical spirits in ChickenBonz includes Randy McKean, Cory Wright, Murray Campbell and Ludi Hinrichs on horns, plus Tom Hannickel on acoustic bass and bass trombone, with Joe Fajen on percussionist.
Hinrichs says, “The thing that amazes and amuses me is the diversity and skill of this grouping. We really enjoy each others presence and contributions; ChickenBonz has a depth and spirit to it that I have wanted to see manifest for years. No electronics, we prefer organic sound. Most songs and compositions use the front line of 3 or 4 unique horns (for instance two trombones, bass clarinet and oboe). At times we sing in six part harmony. Fun stuff indeed, I get my inspiration from skillful writers and arrangers like Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, and Igor Stravinsky. All original compositions and arrangements.”