Jeremy Kittel Trio

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Photos by Corrina Van Hamlin

JEREMY KITTEL, FIDDLE, VOCALS – JOSHUA PINKHAM, MANDOLIN – QUINN BACHAND, GUITAR

Jeremy Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer. The Compass Records recording artist is a master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, and is gifted in fusing and revitalizing these diverse styles. Jeremy was a member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years and has also worked with Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, My Morning Jacket and Jon Batiste and Stay Human. He has been a guest artist with several symphony orchestras, was twice featured on A Prairie Home Companion, and has performed around the world at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo and the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland.

Named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine, and dubbed “one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today” by mandolin grandmaster David Grisman, Josh Pinkham has established himself as a striking performer, composer and recording artist.  He continues to push his mandolin into new and old territory, excelling in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz and Classical music.

Although Quinn Bachand plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that draw the most attention. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. He performs with his sister Qristina and has also toured nationally and internationally with Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

 

“I WAS ENTERTAINED, MESMERIZED, AND MOVED BY THE SOUND THAT LEAPT OFF OF THE STAGE… FROM A DELICATE JIG TO A CELTIC REEL TO A BACH PARTITA TO A CONTEMPORARY ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC COMPOSITION… ARRANGEMENTS THAT WERE FLAWLESS, ARTFUL, AND COMPELLING… I WOULD GO OUT OF MY WAY TO HEAR THIS OUTFIT AGAIN!”
MARK SCHATZ (NICKEL CREEK, BELA FLECK, CLAIRE LYNCH, JOHN HARTFORD)

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

“…WE WERE TOTALLY MESMERIZED BY THEIR SET. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTS WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE ON THE ROAD. WE WERE BLOWN AWAY BY THEIR MUSICIANSHIP, BY THE RHYTHMIC DENSITY AND COMPLEXITY OF THEIR ARRANGEMENTS… WE WOULD JUMP AT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH THEM AGAIN.”
DAVE SENFT, DARLINGSIDE, (FAI 2015 ARTIST OF THE YEAR)

“LISTENING AND WATCHING THE TRIO PLAY, IT’S ALMOST AS IF THEY BECOME ASTRAL BEINGS, TAPPING INTO THE UNIVERSE FOR AN EXPERIENCE THAT RESONATES DEEPLY WITH THE AUDIENCE.”
-HIAWATHA MUSIC FESTIVAL

About Jeremy:

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Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more.  Kittel performs with his own band or trio, as a duo, and as a soloist with orchestras.  In addition to his own projects, he has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor and Mike Marshall.

His most recent solo recording, Chasing Sparks (Compass), features original compositions with a stellar cast of musicians, including special guests Meyer, Thile, and Marshall.  He is currently working on his fifth solo album. Kittel previewed some of his new compositions on the Oct 10, 2015 broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion,” (guest-hosted by I’m With Her).

In 2015, Kittel co-composed “Bull Frogs Croon,” a new orchestral work featuring himself and Aoife O’Donovan as soloists. This adds to a growing body of original compositions and arrangements for orchestra, which can be heard in concerts presented around North America.  He has performed as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Britt Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, and more.

Committed to the belief that music and the arts are central to the human experience, he is a passionate clinician and educator. He has taught at such programs as Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, The New School, International Music Academy of Pilsen, Zurich University of the Arts, Mark O’Connor Strings Camps, the Swannanoa Gathering, and Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School.

Kittel has a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and received the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan.  He has received numerous other awards over the years, including the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship, six Detroit Music Awards and two ASTA Alternative Style awards.  He was also the first recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin.