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High Marks for Chasing Sparks

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Reviews have been coming in all year for Jeremy’s latest solo disc, “Chasing Sparks,” and they’ve been fantastic. Here are some excerpts…

“Over an hour of fiddle music, from the devilish to the divine, played by a consummate musician whose style and repertoire sit somewhere between Nashville and Nairn.…Let me stress again that he is a brilliant and exciting young fiddler… More than half the material here is credited to Kittel, and there isn’t a weak link in the chain. It’s fresh, it’s fun, and it’s technically excellent…

Chasing Sparks review in Folk World

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FOLK WORLD JEREMY KITTEL – Chasing Sparks Compass Records 4531 11 tracks, 65 minutes If you’re one of those people who find sleeve notes an irritation, never read them, can’t get them back into the case, and frequently throw them away, then this album is perfect for you.  Over an hour of fiddle music, from […]

Turtle Rock

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It’s in the can!  My fellow Turtle Island Quartet members and I, along with some stellar help from vibraphonist Stefon Harris and mandolinist Mike Marshall, have completed work on our “Hendrix” record, entitled “Have You Ever Been.”  Recorded at the cavernous film scoring studios at legendary Skywalker Ranch, “Have You Ever Been” is set to […]

Mountains of Strings – Abigail Washburn

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Recently, I’ve had a wonderful time working with my friend, songwriter/singer/banjo player Abigail Washburn. Last fall I performed her music alongside other supporting musicians Nathaniel Smith (cello) and Bela Fleck (banjo) at Disney Hall in LA; we were opening for legendary comedian/banjo player Steve Martin. That was a challenge; her music has such beauty, honesty, […]

2010 U of M Emerging Artist Award!

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Jeremy wins the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan School of Music.  This honor is bestowed annually upon a graduate from within the past fifteen years who has made “significant contributions in the field of music, theatre, or dance, and will have had a positive impact on the School of Music community, […]

Feature – Irish Music Magazine

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“Fusion” has been a buzzword in Irish music for a while now. Technically defined as “The merging of different elements into a union”, in trad, it usually manifests by a jazz or rock groove being added to whatever traditional piece is being played by a traditional group.

Even in the realm of fusion though, fiddler Jeremy Kittel is unique. A rewarded and accomplished musician in the genres of Celtic, jazz, and classical, Kittel’s new CD “Chasing Sparks” is not meant to be a fusion album but a trad album made by an artist who is constantly trying to stretch his own boundaries.

“I wrote most of these tunes with no intention of combining styles – rather, they were just embellishments of melodies and sounds that were floating around in my head,” says Kittel. “The first CD I did (2000’s ‘Celtic Fiddle’) was more traditional – and I love playing trad tunes – but I had a period of a few years where I was writing a lot of fiddle tunes that were a little quirky in some way or a little bit different like in B major or with a different melodic structure than usual. I wanted the record to be focused around these new melodies and I wanted to use them for branching out into new arrangements and to have some improvisations in there. “

Turtle Island Quartet

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The Turtle Island Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 – and most recently, the 2008 – Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined.

Friends and collaborators

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Jeremy performs as a soloist, in a duo, trio, quartet or quintet and sometimes guests with other bands. Here are a few of his awesomely talented and valued friends. Guitarist John Behling has moved to Chicago to collect data for his jazz ethnomusicology dissertation. Originally from Milwaukee, John has performed throughout the Midwest since 1986. […]

Jeremy Kittel Jazz Quartet

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Project currently on hold | Jeremy has performed and recorded with friends in jazz for several years. They have performed in the Northeast and Midwest, and did three tours of Korea. Band members have included Andrew Krazat, John Nam, Chad Hochberg, Dann Friedman, Andrew Bishop and Dean Moore III. A graduate in jazz performance from […]

Things are busy.

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My new album, Chasing Sparks, has just been released, AND we’ve just designed this new website! I invite you to listen to samples, learn more about my music, download high-res photos and check out our tour schedule to see if we’re playing near you. – All the best, Jeremy

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