Gisbert zu Knyphausen

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Gisbert zu Knyphausen (April 23, 1979 in Wiesbaden. His full name is Gisbert Wilhelm Enno Freiherr zu Innhausen und Knyphausen[1]) is a German singer-songwriter from the Rheingau in Hesse.


After a stay in Berlin, zu Knyphausen studied Music Therapy in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In August 2005 he founded the IndieLabel Omaha Records together with Philipp Heintze. In the following autumn he played his first solo gig under his own name. He has since switched to using a whole band in his performances. His debut album, Gisbert zu Knyphausen was launched on April 25, 2008 by PIAS Germany. It contains solistic songs accompanied by a band. Gisbert zu Knyphausen's lyrics are often melancholic but also have a hopeful character. He mentions ClickClickDecker,[2] Ton Steine Scherben and Element of Crime[3] as his musical and lyrical influences. Zu Knyphausen lived in Hamburg from October 2006 to April 2010, before he moved to Berlin. On 23 April 2010 his new album Hurra! Hurra! So nicht was released.


Zu Knyphausens debut album received generally positive reviews and was called an "outstanding release" of early summer 2008.[4] His songs have been described as laconic narratives[5] with wry, sometimes sharp humor. [6] Using minimal instrumental backing and the diction of the former century, he still manages to appeal to a young audience, [7] perhaps because the Weltschmerz in his songs nevertheless hints at a some hope farther off[8]



  • Gisbert zu Knyphausen (2008)
  • Hurra! Hurra! So nicht (2010)


  • Spieglein, Spieglein (2006/Sommertag EP)
  • Sommertag (2008/Gisbert zu Knyphausen)
  • Melancholie (2010/Hurra! Hurra! So nicht)

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