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Jeremy Kittel Trio
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Jeremy Kittel Band
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Jeremy Kittel Band

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Photos by Corrina Van Hamlin

Photos: Corrina Van Hamlin

“There’s a vicious divide between the worlds of classical violin and traditional fiddling. It’s a rift as deep as the PC vs Mac debate, as polarizing as red state vs blue state, and no amount of charming cameos from Yo Yo Ma has been able to heal this wound. That’s why it’s so rare and remarkable to find a young fiddler like Jeremy Kittel who is able to move effortlessly between the classical and folk worlds.

Whereas the classical violinist has the impeccable tone and the ability to play into the higher reaches of the violin, the folk fiddler has the rhythmic sense, the drive, the swing, the groove, that’s usually missing from classical music. Of course, any musician that can unite these two worlds would be near unstoppable, and that’s exactly what we find in Kittel’s music. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both, but also a wily kind of rhythm to the Bach partita that probably would have been wholly appropriate for Bach’s time.

Kittel also has a larger sense of composition and creation that comes from his work in classical and jazz violin worlds. Many young fiddlers today compose their own tunes, but Kittel arranges them into something larger, integrating the fiery musicianship of his band into the pieces. And what a band! The Jeremy Kittel Band features groundbreaking hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, Canadian wunderkind guitarist Quinn Bachand, mandolin prodigy Joshua Pinkham, and transcendent cellist Nathaniel Smith. Kittel’s working on a new album in 2017 with this ensemble, and advance videos from the studio show a band operating at the top of their form, each member listening intuitively, and the whole ensemble turning on a dime at Kittel’s direction. The music Kittel is making now has all the precision and virtuosity of the best classical players, but the wonderfully devilish, explosive drive of the best stringbands.”
-Devon Leger, HearthMusic

“THEY ARE SOME OF THE BEST MUSICIANS I’VE EVER MET. I’VE BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THEIR CREATIVITY, SPONTANEITY AND COMMITMENT TO THEIR CRAFT. THEY’RE ON PAR WITH ANY OF THE GREAT CLASSICAL ARTISTS WE’VE HAD HERE THIS SEASON.”
OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

“…CAPTIVATED THE AUDIENCE WITH A TRULY ORIGINAL TAKE ON TRADITIONAL MUSIC.  COMBINING A VARIETY OF GENRES FROM CELTIC AND BLUEGRASS TO JAZZ AND CLASSICAL, THE JEREMY KITTEL BAND…  WOVE TOGETHER AN ENGAGING SET THAT HIGHLIGHTED THE MUSICAL VERSATILITY OF EACH MUSICIAN…  A BEAUTIFUL, ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE SHOW.”
OBERLIN FOLK FEST

“THEIR INDIVIDUAL AND ENSEMBLE VIRTUOSITY, ORIGINALITY, AND OVERALL ENERGY ABSOLUTELY KNOCKED OUT FESTIVAL AUDIENCES… MUSIC SPANNED THE TRADITIONAL TO STUNNING ORIGINALS…”
IOWA ARTSFEST

“THE JEREMY KITTEL BAND IS PHENOMENAL. EVERY PLAYER IS VIRTUOSIC. THAT IS NOT WHAT IS REMARKABLE ABOUT THE BAND HOWEVER. WHAT IS REMARKABLE IS ALL OF THAT VIRTUOSITY IS PUT TO WORK IN THE SERVICE OF BEAUTIFUL, INTRICATE, COMPELLING ARRANGEMENTS MAKING MUSIC THE MASTER, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. THIS IS RARE AND WONDERFUL. THIS IS MUSIC USING THE PINNACLE AS THE STARTING POINT. THE THEME OF WINTERGRASS 2017 WAS BACH TO BLUEGRASS. THERE WERE SPECTACULAR BANDS FROM BOTH ENDS OF THE CONTINUUM. THE JEREMY KITTEL BAND TRANSCENDED THAT CONTINUUM, HOWEVER, PRESENTING MUSIC THAT BOTH J.S. BACH AND BILL MONROE WOULD UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE. THEY’D PROBABLY BOTH BUY A CD AND SIGN THE MAILING LIST, TOO.”
WINTERGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL

“BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE!.. A CHARISMA AND JOY THAT IS COMPLETELY INFECTIOUS, AND THE TECHNICAL PROWESS OF JEREMY AND HIS BANDMATES IS SECOND TO NONE… CREATIVE COMPOSITIONS AND VIRTUOSITY COMBINED WITH CHARMING HUMOR AND GREAT STAGE CHEMISTRY…  THE JEREMY KITTEL BAND HAS THE WHOLE PACKAGE, AND OUR AUDIENCE ALREADY WANTS TO KNOW WHEN THEY’RE COMING BACK TO MIM!”
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, SCOTTSDALE, AZ

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Joshua Pinkham, recently featured on the cover of Mandolin Magazine, is regarded as one of the greatest mandolinists of his generation. Joshua has been named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine; his solos on Youtube have been reviewed by Mandolin Cafe as “Jaw Dropping;” and mandolin forefather David Grisman has named him “as certainly one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today.”

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Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of listeners from all over the world.

Nathaniel Smith has transported the cello into multiple genres and styles by transcending traditional cello technique and transforming the role of the cello. Living in Nashville, TN, Nathaniel has performed nationally and internationally with various artists including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, Darol Anger, Steve Martin, Sarah Jarosz, and Jeremy Kittel.

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