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 the best young Klezmer and Balkan players from Berlin and New York.
The Painted Bird concocts a mixture of Klezmer, radical Yiddish song, political cabaret and punk folk, cohered by Kahn's amazing abilities both as a songwriter and a performer; telling stories of outrageous incidents and uncommon people; poetically dark, tragically humorous and politically incorrect.

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The Broken Tongue (2006), RIENCD73
Partisans & Parasites (2009), RIENCD71
Lost Causes (2011), RIENCD77

awarded with the German Phonogram Critics Award 2011
Bad Old Songs (2012), RIENCD84 / RIENLP1084
The Butcher's Share (2017), RIENCD91 / RIENLP1091

Daniel Kahn feat. Vanya Zhuk:
Bulat Blues (2019), RIENCD92 / RIENLP1092

Daniel Kahn solo:
word beggar (2021), RIENCD94 / RIENLP1094

Daniel Kahn & Jake Shulman-Ment:
The Building and Other Songs (2023), RIENCD96 / RIENLP1096

Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko: The Unternationale
The First Unternationale (2008), with Oy Division
The Third Unternationale (2020), CD + LP
The Fourth Unternationale (2020), CD + LP

Daniel Kahn solo:
Pegboard Blues (2002)
River Mouth (2003)
uprooted oak (2005)

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