Kittel & Co. plays classical and jazz-inspired bluegrass

American fiddler, violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, classical, electronic and more. He has worked with such extraordinary artists as Abigail Washburn, Jars of Clay, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and the Turtle Island Quartet. For his upcoming performance at Middlebury College on Saturday, Oct. 27, he will lead his quartet Kittel & Co., featuring genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand, hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, and phenom mandolinist Josh Pinkham.
Kittel & Co.’s program will include work from their newest CD, “Whorls,” called “devastatingly beautiful…a stunning melting pot of classical and folk music, featuring some of the greatest musicians in the genre”  by Earmilk.com.  “Whorls” was released in June and quickly hit number one on Billboard’s Bluegrass charts and number six on Classical. Kittel previewed some of his new compositions on the Oct 10, 2015 broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Performing Arts Series fans might notice that this concert is rescheduled from last season.
“Kittel & Co. were scheduled to perform in Middlebury last April, but Winter Storm Toby had something else in mind…and Jeremy fell on the ice and broke his arm,” series director Allison Coyne Carroll explained. “His bandmate, mandolinist Josh Pinkham, put together an impromptu trio and wowed our Robison Hall crowd. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Jeremy has made a speedy recovery and we’ve got him back in the house.”
Saturday’s performance-goers will enjoy entertainment by singer-songwriter and Middlebury College student Aidan O’Brien ’20 in the upper lobby of the Mahaney Arts Center at 7 p.m. Then Kittel & Co. will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $22 for adults; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students; and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

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