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The Bay City State Theatre Presents Jeremy Kittel Quartet

Saturday, January 17, 2009

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The Bay City State Theatre Presents Jeremy Kittel Quartet Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

The Bay City State Theatre Presents Jeremy Kittel Quartet on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

The concert is sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank, Dow Corning, & Team One Credit Union.

US National Scottish Fiddle Champion and winner of 6 Detroit Music Awards leads an exceptional band whose musical roots transverse the world. With the drive of Celtic fiddling, the spontaneity of jazz, soul of bluegrass, rhythms of Africa and Latin America, layered melodies of Eastern Europe and intricacies of chamber music, the Jeremy Kittel Band consistently captivates audiences.

Kittel is joined by versatile guitarist Kyle Sanna, World Music award-winning percussionist Bodek Janke, and cellist Tristan Clarridge, a 4-time National Fiddle Champion.

Fiddle: 'Outstanding Michigan Celtic-jazz-bluegrass fiddle wiz Jeremy Kittel' (Boston Globe). Kittel grew up with Scottish, Irish and American music traditions and explored the rich jazz traditions of Detroit and New York as a young man, earning a Bachelor's in Jazz from the University of Michigan and a Master's in Jazz Violin from Manhattan School of Music.

A true multi-stylist, the 24 year-old fiddler has received numerous accolades including the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, three Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Folk Artist, two Alternative Strings Awards from the American String Teachers Association, the University of Michigan Stanley Medal and Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Jazz Recording, Jazz Composer, and Acoustic Instrumentalist. Kittel has produced three CDs of traditional and original material, and his second, Roaming, was named the 4th best Celtic CD of 2003.

Kittel has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Detroit International Jazz Festival, and 'A Prairie Home Companion', been guest artist with the Rochester Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony and Detroit Symphony orchestras; toured with fiddle legends Darol Anger and Mark O'Connor; and currently tours internationally with the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet.

Guitar: Kyle Sanna has performed original or improvised music throughout the US and in Canada, Luxembourg, France and Germany. He gigs frequently in New York on acoustic and electric guitar, dobro, and lapsteel. Kyle has also won awards for Outstanding Performer from the Reno Jazz Festival and the University of Oregon School of Music. He has performed numerous times at Carnegie Hall, and recently arranged and co-produced two pieces for cellist Yo-Yo Ma's 2008 CD release on Sony Classical.

Percussion: Polish-born Bodek Janke is an exceptional musician in the Jazz and World Music scenes, a cultural commuter between the USA, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and Germany. In 2008, he received the 'Jazzpreis Baden-W├╝rttemberg, - the highest-endowed and most acclaimed jazz award of Germany. Janke creates a distinctive style, merging drumset with a wild variety of instruments, drawing upon African, Indian, Eastern European and Latin American music traditions. Playing World music with a jazz attitude, his energetic and expressive performances and compositions captivate every audience.

Cello: A talented multi-instrumentalist from the northern mountains of California, Tristan Clarridge is the youngest person to ever win the Grand National Fiddle Championship, and he did it for three consecutive years. An inventive cellist, Tristan plays with the bluegrass sensation Crooked Still, and has toured with Natalie McMaster and Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. For six years he's been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's String Conference and Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School. Mark O'Connor says,' ...[Tristan] has a lot going on in that musical mind of his and will step out in life to make wonderful contributions through his music'.

Tickets are $ 20.00

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