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Kittel & Co. - WHORLS

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, out June 29 on 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.

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. In fact, 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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