Kittel and Co. impresses the crowd at The Ark

By | September 22, 2022

Phrases like “versatile” and “all-rounder” are regularly used to explain musicians, however few deserve as a lot reward as violinist Jeremy Kittel, who demonstrated the complete vary of his musical skills in his final two performances in Ann Arbor. Final spring, Kittel proved his skill to compose radical symphonic music together with his world premiere of “Within the Dream” on the cavernous Hill Auditorium with the College of Michigan Symphony Band. It was a memorable and galvanizing efficiency, however again in Ann Arbor final Wednesday, Kittel confirmed one other facet of his supreme musical acumen: main his style band Kittel and Co. in a gripping and intimate efficiency at The Ark.

Regardless of being comprised of solely 4 musicians – violinist Jeremy Kittel, mandolinist Joshua Pinkham, guitarist Quinn Bachand and bassist Jacob Warren – Kittel and Co. have cultivated a wealthy and distinctive full band sound whereas drifting with out effort between musical types all through the night time. On some songs, Kittel leaned into his baroque and classical influences and used quick arpeggios as his band backed him up with frequent harmonic modulations, leading to a texture that would greatest be described as Bach bluegrass. Whereas Kittel wowed audiences together with his otherworldly violin method, he and the band additionally impressed with their skill to conjure up advanced imagery on songs like “Fields of Brooklyn” and “Chrysalis.” In each songs, Kittel’s fiddle solos meshed seamlessly with the band’s Irish-inspired Americana sound, a sound enhanced by stellar solo moments from the band’s different instrumentalists.

All through the live performance, Kittel demonstrated that his musical expertise extends far past his violin taking part in. On one music – which he prefaced as the favourite music of his metalhead pal Kittel and Co. – Kittel alternated between taking part in violin and acoustic guitar, making a vibrant new texture and permitting Bachand’s classical guitar solos to shine as Kittel strummed with him. (In true steel vogue, the music ended violently, albeit unintentionally, when Kittel’s guitar strap failed and the instrument fell to the ground simply because the band reached the ultimate chord. of the music). Moreover, Kittel’s uncommon vocal moments within the live performance had been distinctive. On “Waltz,” Kittel’s comfortable, reserved vocals contrasted surprisingly together with his typical energetic violin and contributed to a fragile and delightful efficiency completely suited to a venue like The Ark. Kittel’s vocals additionally impressed on two covers the band carried out: “Time to Transfer On,” which additionally featured highly effective vocal harmonies from Joshua Pinkham, and their encore efficiency of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me,” which creatively reinvented the traditional music and was a satisfying conclusion to a unbelievable live performance.