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Empathy is the first album by Grizzly Bird: a conceptual international journey that imagines tales from the minds of the animal kingdom – some based on real animal individuals, some from history and science, others that Hans met in person along the way.


released June 14, 2019

Written and produced by Hans Gnendinger
Ulla & Max, La Michi: Lyrics by Hans & Katharina Gnendinger
27 Jahre: Lyrics based on writings by Georg Wilhelm Steller
All Is Well: Contains elements of the song 122 All Is Well as found in The Sacred Harp
La Selva: Main motif written by a bird in Parque Tayrona, Colombia, arranged for human ears by Hans

Mixed and mastered by Cameron Laing at The Famous Gold Watch
except La Selva mixed by Hans

Recorded in late 2017 and early 2018
except Bloodlust instruments recorded in 2013

Recorded at the rehearsal room and at home by Grizzly Bird
and at The Famous Gold Watch by Cameron Laing
Assistance on string recordings by Bob Spencer and Sebastian Pecznik

Cover photo by Michael Helmer
Booklet photos by Nils Wenzel
Layout by Hans


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Grizzly Bird Berlin, Germany

Grizzly Bird is the latest project for Bavarian-born songsmith Hans Gnendinger (formerly Hans Sølo), a multi-genre trio formed in 2017 with Berlin artists Florian Dietrich (drums) and Nils Wenzel (bass).

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Track Name: Koko & Kanzi
Koko likes to play with dolls
and she likes to eat candy.
Koko loves cats
and she wants to have a baby.
She‘s a polite gorilla
that communicates through sign language,
and she understands about 2.000 words
of spoken English.

She makes up new words when she doesn‘t have a sign for something,
like ‘finger-bracelet’
which she signed for ‘ring’.
Koko likes to be chased
and she likes to be tickled.
Koko asks all people
to show her their nipples.

Koko where do gorillas go when they die?
She said “Comfortable hole, bye.”
When she heard that All Ball, her kitty, had died,
she said “Bad, sad, bad, frown, cry.”

Kanzi likes to light a fire
and roast marshmallows,
and he knows how to make flake knives from stones.
Kanzi can cook an omelette in a pan,
and he gets past the first round
when he plays pac-man.

Kanzi can communicate through a board with hundreds of lexigrams,
and he learned it at first
just by watching his step-mum.
He tries to help out his mates
that speak only Bonobo,
and he picked up some sign language
from watching videos of Koko.

Koko wants to have a baby
and she chose Ndume
as her mating partner,
but they‘re not allowed in one room.
Koko takes dozens of pills
on a daily basis,
prescribed to her over the phone
by a psychic.

Koko & Kanzi have been parts
of experiments that went on far too long,
and they live in cages and buildings
far away from their homes.
But they need to make the headlines, show that progress is done,
’cause they are caught in the very
human trouble of raising funds.
They’re raising funds.

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