National Champion Fiddler Jeremy Kittel and the Daniel
Pearl Memorial Violin in Concert at the Ark
Celtic and Jazz fiddle phenomenon Jeremy Kittel returns
to the Ark in Ann Arbor Sunday, December 7th at 7:30pm.
Jeremy Kittel is a fast-rising star who is also the
first recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin.
The award, given in August this year by a committee
headed by Mark O'Connor, honors Kittel's exceptional
musicianship. The instrument was crafted by Jonathan
Cooper of Maine in honor of the slain American reporter,
who was also an accomplished violinist and fiddler.
Family and friends of Pearl have established the Daniel
Pearl Foundation, dedicated to cross-cultural understanding.
Kittel will have the violin for a year, and has taken
its message to heart. He now plays the violin for part
of his concerts and talks briefly about Pearl, the
mission of the foundation, and his own hopes for intercultural
understanding and world peace.
"Daniel believed in the power of music, a power
that can promote understanding, friendship and harmony
among people,” says Kittel. "This power
is real; there are moments during performances when
I feel a profound sense of purpose, communication and
joy among listeners and musicians. These moments are
the reason I perform, and they show how powerful music
can be in making connections between people. Receiving
the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin has given me new inspiration
to bring people together through music, a goal that
will remain central to me for years to come."
In his upcoming concert at the Ark, Kittel will explore
musical styles ranging from Scottish and Irish fiddle
to jazz and blues violin with a variety of musicians,
including guitarist John Behling, singer-songwriter
Seth Bernard, Glenn Brady, and other special guests.
Kittel has dedicated two performances -- in Waterford
and Detroit -- to Daniel Pearl, as part of the Daniel
Pearl Music Day.
Nineteen-year-old Kittel is rapidly earning a reputation
as one of the nation's top young traditional musicians.
Winner of the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship
in 2000, he won the Junior National title the previous
two years and also qualified for international competition
in Irish fiddling four consecutive years. Now a senior
in jazz violin at the University of Michigan, Jeremy
recently won the American String Teacher Association's
Alfred Award for Best Improvisation and the International
Association for Jazz Education's Award for Best Jazz
Performance at the first national Alternative Styles
Kittel has performed at hundreds of concerts and festivals
over the past few years including the Millennium Stage
of the Kennedy Center, -- Prairie Home Companion,--
Chicago Celtic Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest, Detroit Festival
of the Arts & Milwaukee Irish Fest. His first CD,
Celtic Fiddle, was called "one of the top 20 Celtic
albums of 2000, and certainly the best by a new young
artist," by the syndicated radio show Celtic Connections.
Jeremy's new release, Roaming, is getting rave reviews
from a broad range of publications including Sing Out
and Fiddler Magazine. As one reviewer commented, "It's
a much over-used cliché, but I really believe
this is what genius sounds like." Roaming has
received air time across the country, including NPR’s
show "The Thistle & Shamrock."
For More Information Contact Pamela Kittel at [email protected] or