Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fiddle Master Class with Jeremy Kittel
1:30 to 3:30pm @ La Tourelle
$40 Adults; $30 Students
RESERVE YOUR SEAT (limited to 25 students)

Mandolin Master Class with Josh Pinkham
4:00 to 6:00pm @ La Tourelle
$40 Adults; $30 Students
RESERVE YOUR SEAT (limited to 25 students)

ABOUT THE MASTER CLASSES
These master classes are designed for intermediate and advanced players, although less experienced players who are passionate about learning can are welcome to attend and observe the classes.  Both Jeremy and Josh play and perform in many musical styles.  The Winter Village Fiddle and Mandolin master classes will present general principles and specific techniques to help attendees excel in different musical styles rooted in improvisation (including bluegrass and jazz).  Techniques will include bowing tips for inflection and ornamentation (for fiddlers), approaches for improvising, rhythmic techniques, and putting it all together to enjoy creative and engaged music-making.

ABOUT JEREMY

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.

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.

Some Teaching Testimonials about Jeremy:

“Jeremy is an incredible player and an inspiring teacher. His wide range of experience playing professionally gives him the perfect background to meet just about any student where they are. In a wonderfully fun and relaxed way, he skillfully guides a player in the direction of their choosing, while providing fundamental exercises and tips that can be utilized in any style.”

~Rebekah D, professional violinist, MM Juilliard  ‘11

“Jeremy Kittel’s work with the Interlochen students opened many doors for these classically based young players. His engaging manner put everyone at ease, and his innovative, progressive playing with his trio blew everyone away! You could feel the excitement permeating the room.”

~Crispin Campbell, Instructor of Cello, Chamber Music and Improvisation, Interlochen Arts Academy

“I met Jeremy at a workshop held at Berklee. On top of being a great musician, he was one of the most fun teachers…  I think I took every class he taught because of the way he was able to present material to a classical musician not familiar with improv, chopping, and other non-classical styles.  If you want to explore new styles of playing, Jeremy is your guy…”
~Ion Zanca, viola, Dallas String Quartet

ABOUT JOSH PINKMAM
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.

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MORE ABOUT JEREMY

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.

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“…A super, super musical force as a Violinist, Fiddler, Composer, and Improviser. He has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation, with influences as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical music, and more.” –Brian O’Donovan, WGBH Radio

“Without exaggeration, Jeremy Kittel is one of the great violinists and creative musicians of his generation. His technical virtuosity and sonic sensitivity are extraordinary, and his work both as a composer and performer are inspired.  Jeremy is the kind of musician that you want to work with every day – his stylistic versatility, creative openness, and genuine musicianship are very special.” –Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra

“Jeremy Kittel is at the Vanguard of a whole new movement in fiddle music. In times past, fiddlers stayed within their assigned genres and didn’t manage to cross over very effectively. Jeremy is a new kind of hybrid musician that is equally versed and comfortable in many genres. He has a tremendous capacity to seamlessly blend inventive ideas and techniques from other genres into Irish and Scottish tunes. He does this with stunning virtuosity.” –Martin Hayes, legendary fiddler / National Entertainment Award winner (Ireland)

“Without exaggeration, Jeremy Kittel is one of the great violinists and creative musicians of his generation.”  –Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra

“Jeremy Kittel is at the Vanguard of a whole new movement in fiddle music… a new kind of hybrid musician who is equally versed and comfortable in many genres.  …a tremendous capacity to seamlessly blend inventive ideas and techniques…  stunning virtuosity.” –Martin Hayes, Irish fiddle legend

“The best fiddler of the 21st Century.” – Bonnie Rideout

“Exhilarating stage presence” – Strings Magazine