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Jazz 02/03/2018

Contemporary String Quintet Kittel & Co. Announces Visceral 11-Track Debut 'Whorls' Due April 13, 2018

Contemporary String Quintet Kittel & Co. Announces Visceral 11-Track Debut 'Whorls' Due April 13, 2018
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Fronted by acclaimed violinist Jeremy Kittel (formerly of the GRAMMY award-winning Turtle Island Quartet), contemporary string quintet Kittel & Co. has announced their ethos-centric debut album 'Whorls', due April 13 via Compass Records. Inhabiting the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, folk and jazz sensibilities, 'Whorls' is an 11-track compilation of visceral, yet precise musicianship -- accompanied on one track by the ghostly harmonies of Sarah Jarosz.

Kittel demonstrated a similar scope as a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist has built his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group.

Comprised of Kittel, mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham (named "the future of the mandolin" by Mandolin Magazine), genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand (a presidential scholar at Berklee College of Music), transcendent cellist Nathaniel Smith (as heard with Sarah Jarosz and Kacey Musgraves), and hammer-dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman (acclaimed for bringing a new tonal flexibility to the instrument), Kittel & Co. captures a sonic landscape that is equally as unpredictable as it is captivating.

The group's debut record 'Whorls' refers to patterns of spirals, an apt metaphor for the undulation between the outsize skills and free-spirited instincts that drive its sound. The album's first single "Pando" -- out today -- was originally written for the Detroit Symphony, and it was driven by a compelling violin melody that evolves from its timid entrance to urgent plight. The record's scope ranges from buoyant rhythmic undercurrent of tracks like "The Boxing Reels" to the longingly bittersweet "Home in the World" -- a song named in honor of the late journalist Daniel Pearl and a collection of his writings.

The concept of bringing people together underlies much of 'Whorls.' "These instruments have a rich tradition of playing dance music; they were the way everyone got down, say, 150 years ago. Acoustic string bands in a room," says Kittel. "Locking this in rhythmically and sonically, finding the balance of intensity--that's been really exciting."
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'Whorls' Tracklist:
1. Pando
2. The Boxing Reels
3. Alpena
4. Home in the World
5. Preludio
6. Interlude
7. Chrysalis
8. Fields of Brooklyn
9. Waltz (featuring Sarah Jarosz)
10. Ohmstead
11. Nethermead

2018 Kittel & Co. Tour Dates:
Apr. 2 / The Plaza Live with Orlando Philharmonic / Orlando, FL
Apr. 10 / Savannah Music Festival / Savannah, GA
Apr. 13 / Mahaney Center for the Arts / Middlebury, VT
Apr. 14 / Saline Fiddlers Festival / Saline, MI
Apr. 25-28 / Bridgeport Philharmonic / Bridgeport, CT
Jul. 4 / Watermelon Wednesdays / Williamsburg, MA
Jul. 7-8 / New Bedford Folk Festival / New Bedford, MA
Jul. 14-15 / Blissfest / Harbor Springs, MI
Jul. 28 / Huntington Summer Arts Festival / Huntington, NY
Sept. 7-9 / Wheatland Music Festival / Remus, MI
Sept. 14-15 / Michigan Irish Festival / Muskegon, MI
Oct. 5-6 / Border Folk Festival / El Paso, TX
Nov. 1 / Ferris State University / Big Rapids, MI
Dec. 8 / Battle Creek Symphony / Battle Creek, MI

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