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Park Rapids graduate and fellow alum to debut independent guitar track

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By Anna Erickson

Two Park Rapids graduates have come together to create the album “Weekends on the Frontier.”

Christoph Bruhn has created his own brand of music in the Duluth area and is releasing his first record at an upcoming show.

Bruhn, a 2007 Park Rapids Area High School graduate, will have an album release show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Teatro Zuccone in downtown Duluth.

Accompanying him on stage this weekend in Duluth is the album’s artist Grant Ertl, who is also a 2007 Park Rapids graduate.

The evening promises to be a night of good music with Bruhn playing each track of his album “Weekends on the Frontier” mixed with Ertl’s interviewing and jest.

It is also the debut Aquanaut Media production, the brand founded by the two and other friends. The aim of Aquanaut Media is to create multimedia for independent musicians and small businesses. Ertl is the principal Aquanaut Media designer.

After discovering the wonders of John Fahey and other American Primitive

fingerstyle guitarists, Bruhn was compelled to emulate his new guitar heroes. After the breakup of his math-rock band The Real

McCoys in early 2012, Bruhn set out to record this debut solo record in a

genre that has seen other Minnesotan guitarists Leo Kottke and Peter Lang

thrive in.

He studied guitar with Jim Cooper at the University of Minnesota – Duluth and was introduced to the American Primitive style of playing.

“I started developing an interest in it in January 2011 and started absorbing as much as I could,” Bruhn said.

Before that, he could have been labeled purely an electric guitarist but has transitioned to the

world of fingerpicking the dreadnought and transitioned well. HisChristoph Bruhn

songwriting takes on elements from all over the world with the ragtime feel

of “Das Kelylied,” the medieval-Persia flavor of “Arabian Writing on

Plaster Walls,” and the structure-defying “Fanfare.”

Bruhn describes these songs as a

modern and personal take on a genre that had reached its peak 40 years ago.

For more information about Bruhn’s music, go to and for more information on Ertl and Aquanaut Media, go to or

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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