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Spend Election Night 2017 with Yours Truly! - November 4, 2017

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Snark & Despair cover
If you're not under house arrest...
(I'm lookin' at you, Paulie M!) 
...come spend Tuesday night sharing my liberal outrage!
Tuesday, November 7 -- Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
CD Release Show of Snark & Despair
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20814
240-330-4500
8 to 10 pm
$12.50 per person (free admission to George Papadopoulos, but no secret taping!)
This is going to be your only chance in the DC area to hear the songs from my new album performed live.  Not only that, but I've got a "grand jury of musicians" lined up for your listening pleasure.  Flo AnitoBilly CoulterDavid KitchenBlack Betty (Jenny Langer)Damon Foreman, and Chris Urquiaga will reprise their songs from the album as well as perform short mini-sets of their own repertoire that keeps in with the overall theme of the evening.  Plus, familiar songs of protest from folks like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, and more.  And I'll be colluding with a crack house band consisting of guitaristSteve Steckler, pianist Sean Lane, bassist Russell Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.  And yes, I'll be giving periodic election updates (from Virginia and elsewhere) from the stage.  And I guarantee I'll be funnier than Wolf Blitzer (although that's a pretty high bar).
It's reserved seating, and this is gonna be the biggest audience for a CD release show EVER, so get your ticket right now by clicking this link!
And please, please, please, PLEASE -- buy, download, stream, share, repost, review, playlist, and generally scream about my album from the rafters.  I need all the help I can get!  Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated. This is probably the best link for you to get started doing all of that!
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A Dossier of Snark & Despair!

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Klezmer with Bacon!
I've known  Christylez Bacon for quite a few years, and have constantly been in awe of his multitudes of talents (rapping, beatboxing, songwriting, vocalizing, guitarizing, percussing). And I've long since joked that we should do a klezmer project together since I had the perfect name in mind -- "Klezmer With Bacon." Get it? It's an awesome name, right?
Well, this Wednesday, my joke becomes a reality as Christylez and myself debut our joint klez-hop project as part of this  year's Washington Jewish Music Festival.
Wednesday, November 8 -- Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
Klezmer with Bacon
2475 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-450-2917
7:30 to 10 pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Presented by the Washington Jewish Music Festival, this will be a double-bill with Simone Baron & the Contra Ponte Project.  We go on first.
 

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

CD Release Show of Snark & Despair - October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Spend Election Night 2017 with ME!
Sure...you could spend Election Night (Tuesday, November 7) watching the returns from Virginia and elsewhere on the Fake News Channel of your choice.  Or...you could come to a bigly concert featuring a whole slew of my friends!
Tuesday, November 7 -- Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
CD Release Show of Snark & Despair
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20814
240-330-4500
8 to 10 pm
$12.50 per person (free admission to Bob Corker, John McCain, and Frederica Wilson)
This is going to be your only chance in the DC area to hear the songs from my new album performed live.  Not only that, but I've got a cavalcade of stars lined up for your listening pleasure.  Flo AnitoBilly CoulterDavid KitchenBlack Betty (Jenny Langer), and Chris Urquiaga will reprise their songs from the album as well as perform short mini-sets of their own repertoire that keeps in with the overall theme of the weekend.  And I'll have a crack house band consisting of guitarist Steve Steckler, pianist Sean Lane, bassist Russell Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.
It's reserved seating, and I'm known for my massive crowds (although the Fake News never shows them), so get your ticket right now by clicking this link!
And please, please, please, PLEASE -- buy, download, stream, share, repost, review, playlist, and generally scream about my album from the rafters.  I need all the help I can get!  Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated. This is probably the best link for you to get started doing all of that!
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Reviews of Snark & Despair!

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The reviews are starting to come in!!


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Klezmer with Bacon!
Then, the next night, I've got a very special show as part of this year's Washington Jewish Music Festival.
Wednesday, November 8 -- Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
Klezmer with Bacon
2475 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-450-2917
7:30 to 10 pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
The world premier of my new duo project with progressive hip-hop phenomChristylez Bacon.  Presented by the Washington Jewish Music Festival, this will be a double-bill with Simone Baron & the Contra Ponte Project.  We go on first.
 

Lots more gigs listed online at:

Celebrating two jazz icons & Snarky Shows Scheduled! - October 2, 2017

 

Monday, October 2, 2017
Monk & Dizzy
Monk & Diz at 100!
This month will see the centenaries of two American legends -- the iconoclastic pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10) and pioneering trumpeter and musical innovator John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21). 
To celebrate this moment in music history, I'll be leading an all-star band of musicians at Baltimore's leading venue for live jazz.
Thursday, October 5 -- Seth Kibel & Friends
"Tribute to Monk & Diz"
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410-385-2638
8 to 10 pm
$10 to $15
Seth Kibel -- clarinet, flute, saxophone, witty and insightful historical commentary
Sean Lane -- piano
Gordon Russell (from Florida!) -- trumpet
Bob Abbott -- double bass
Tom Teasley -- percussion
It's no substitute for buying an actual ticket, but here's the FB event page for this special show.
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CD Release Shows of Snark & Despair!

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Tickets are now available for the only two live performances of the music from new album!  One show in Bethesda, one in Baltimore, and that's it!

Get yer tickets now, because these shows will have the largest audiences for any CD release shows ever.  Period.

These concerts will feature ALL of the songs from the new record, plus mini-sets from all of the vocalists who sung my snarky ditties -- David Kitchen, Flo Anito, Billy Coulter, Damon Foreman, Black Betty (Jenny Langer), and Chris Urquiaga.  All backed by a crack house band consisting of pianist Sean Lane, guitarist Steve Steckler, bassist Russ Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.
 
Wanna brush up on the lyrics so you can sing along at these shows? 
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YouTubage!
 
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

Shhh...we're in a Library! - September 18, 2017

 

Monday, September 18, 2017
Library of Congress Archive Challenge
I'm checkin' in to the Library of Congress!
Q.  What's the worse place to play a clarinet really loud???
A.   A library!
Q.  And what's the baddest library in entire country???
A.   The Library of Congress!
Wednesday, September 20 -- Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building)
Noon to 1 pm
1st Street, SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street
Washington, DC  20540
202-707-6400
free, no tickets required!
in the "Coolidge Auditorium"
I could not be more excited to be part of this special concert, which will also feature such musical luminaries as NEA Fellow Phil Wiggins, folk legends Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Don Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Brazilian songstress Cissa Paz.  We'll all be performing original interpretations of rare musical material contained in the archives. 
For my segment, I've transcribed and re-arranged a slew of melodies played by the Galacian fiddler Berish Katz, and recorded by famed Yiddish folklorist Ruth Rubin in 1947.  I got to go into the Archives and explore the original reel-to-reel tapes of these field recordings.  It's been an exciting musical adventure for me!
Some of these melodies I've arranged in a fairly traditional manner, and some I have not.  At this performance, I'll be accompanied by pianist Sean Lane.  If you're anywhere in the DC area this Wednesday, I encourage you come to this special event.  If you're not, there will be video forthcoming!
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The new album, "Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair," is now pretty much available at every off-ramp on the information superhighway.

Click above, and you can listen to samples from every song, as well as find easy links to purchase a copy on CDBaby, or purchase digital downloads from iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby, as well as stream this puppy on Spotify. 

I've invested a lot of time, sweat, and moolah into this project, so I'd love for you to listen to it.  And if you like what you hear, please help me to spread the word! Due to the overtly political nature of this recording, many usual promotional avenues are not available to me.  So I'm really counting on ALL OF YOU
to help me spread the word.  Share it on social media, send it to your friends, write reviews on any of the above sites, add it to playlists, etc.  Any promo is good promo!

Oh, here's some early press for the album!  M
 ore to come, with any luck!
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YouTubage!

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Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

Seth Kibel Presents: Songs of Snark & Despair (& Hurricane Harvey relief!) - August 31, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017
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The new album is OUT, and available for purchase right now!
(& scroll down for info on a very special concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey!)
The long wait is OVER!!!  My new album, Seth Kibel Presents: Songs of Snark & Despair, is finally out, and available for purchase.  It's a record the likes of which this world has never seen!
You can go to CDBaby and purchase the album right now, as either a physical CD, or digital download.  And it should be available pretty much everywhere else online (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) in a manner of days.
If you'd rather not give your credit card info to the Internet Illuminati, and prefer to support the good folks of the U.S. Postal Service, just send a check for $12 (includes shipping and handling) to the following address:
Seth Kibel (Snarker-in-Chief)
P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282
Add $10 for each additional copy you'd like.  And lemme know if you'd like me to sign it for ya!  If you don't buy this record, I may decide to shut down the government.  Or maybe not.  Only time will tell.
This album is a collection of songs written and recorded in wake of the 2016 Presidential election. With a progressive outlook, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor, these tunes traverse a wide landscape of musical genres, including blues, swing, klezmer, bossa nova, reggae, and more.
With an all-star cast of local musical luminaries, including the following:
Arch Alcantara -- electric guitar, vocals
Flo Anito -- vocals
Simone Baron -- accordion
Black Betty -- vocals
Christopher Brown -- electric bass
Daniel Brown -- double bass
Billy Coulter -- vocals
Wes Crawford -- drums
Jared Denhard -- trombone
Damon Foreman -- electric guitar, vocals
Ira Gitlin -- banjo
Adam Gonzalez -- cello
Helen Hausmann -- violin, vocals
Tom Holtz -- tuba
Seth Kibel -- clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute
David Kitchen -- guitar, vocals
Sean Lane -- piano
Aaron Malone -- violin
Bill Neri -- viola
Cristian Perez -- acoustic guitar
Russ Rodgers -- electric bass
Nick Ruggieri -- drums
Steve Steckler -- electric guitar
Tom Teasley -- percussion
Chris Urquiaga -- vocals
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Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley
No sooner is one project completed, then another one moves up the pipeline...
"Tiny Planet" is the name of my new collaborative project with globe-trotting, award-winning percussionist Tom Teasley.  We've actually got an entire album already recorded, and it'll be out later this fall!
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Relief concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey!

Organized by the legendary SONiA disappear fear, this concert is going to take place at the Corner Community Center in Baltimore this Sunday, September 3, from 7 to 10 pm.  I'm delighted and honored that SONiA asked me to be a special guest, along with such other musical luminaries as Tret Fure, Tom Prasada Rao, Sarah Pinsker and Georgie Jessup!
Click here for more info, and click here to purchase advance tickets!  This is going to be a very special evening to benefit a very worthy cause.
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Lots more gigs listed online at:

A world tour of Maryland - August 7, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017
Photo by John Sample
Two special Maryland shows, a snarky album cover, and some more YouTubage!
Two big local shows coming up this month!
(but there's lots more listed at  
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Thursday, August 10 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21209
8 to 10 pm
No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!  Jazz, swing, and a wee bit o' klezmer!
With Sean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
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Tuesday, August 29 -- Tiny Planet (Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley)
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
7:30 to 9:30 pm
No cover!
"Tiny Planet" is the latest name for my duo project with the award-winning, globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.  Look for a recording out this fall!
We'll make an awful lot of noise for just two musicians, all while previewing our new album, featuring a blend of klezmer, Arabic music, American jazz, and a whole lotta improvisation!
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The new album's all done, and it's at the manufacturer as I type.  I should have them in hand by the end of the month (roughly two WH Communications Directors from now).  Kickstarter rewards will be out around then, and the album should be pretty much available everywhere fine music is sold not long after Labor Day.
Check out the cover, with art drawn by the legendary political cartoonist KAL!!
Snark & Despair cover

Lots more gigs listed online at:

A return to NYC, an update on the new album, and more! - July 10, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017
Bob Margolin & Seth Kibel, photo by Beth Harrison
A return to NYC, an update on the new album, and more!
Are you currently residing in the New York metropolitan area?  Do you have friends or family who do?  College roommates?  Pen pals?  Ex-boyfriends?  Ex-girlfriends?  Former landlords?  Cyber stalkers?  Celebrity crushes?  Pet alligators you released into the city sewers?
If the answer to any of those questions is "heck, yeah," then you need to know about my big gig in Manhattan this coming Sunday!  Spread the word like it's jelly, people!
Sunday, July 16 -- City Winery NYC
155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608--0555
I'll be there as part of their infamous "Klezmer Brunch," from 11 am to 2 pm.  Tickets are $10, but do not include the crazy yummy brunch.
The band will include yours truly, along with Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Bob Abbott on bass, and the unruly William Kibel on piano, melodica, and cajon.  We'll be doing some klezmer, some jazz, and more!

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How's my new album coming along?  Well, here's a video update for ya!
The short story is that "Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair" is all recorded and mixed!  We're just finishing the artwork and mastering, and then it's off to the manufacturer.  We'll definitely have this puppy out before Labor Day, right around the time Bob Mueller starts handing out indictments.
If you helped to support this project on Kickstarter, you'll be getting your rewards around that time.  If you didn't, you should be able to purchase the finished album around then, as well.

With Flo Anito & Bay Jazz Project:
Paying tribute to Chuck Berry with Daryl Davis:

Lots more gigs listed online at:

Kickstarter Update & lotsa summer shows! - May 26, 2017

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Friday, May 26, 2017
Photo by John Sample
Kickstarter Update & lotsa summer shows!
I've got 15 days left on my crowdfunding campaign for my new album, and I'd surely appreciate it if you'd collude with me!


Oh, and I've had few requests, so here's the extended "Director's Cut" version of my Kickstarter video for y'all.  It's nine minutes of your life you'll never get back.

If you've already contributed, you have my deepest gratitude.  But I'd also appreciate any and all sharing you can do of this fundraising page.  And remember, I'm gonna give 25% of the proceeds to the ACLU.  That's kinda self-serving, since I'm hoping they'll help get me out of jail after the album comes out.
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My summer schedule is really starting to fill up.  Go to www.sethkibel.com  for the complete itinerary, but I'm including a few highlights below.

Monday, May 29 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
Waterfront Park
1A Prince Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
703-746-5592
2 to 3 pm

This is a really fun, free, outdoor festival, with loads of great music ALL day long!  We'll be immediately following the United States Army Blues Band, which is CRAZY good!  I'll be playing with Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.  All the regulars!

If it rains, the event will move inside the Lee Center Richard Kauffman Auditorium located at 1108 Jefferson Street in Alexandria.

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Thursday, June 8 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20001
202-225-8333
5 to 7 pm
Another very cool free, outdoor concert series, in a gorgeous setting!  And if it rains, we go inside the Conservatory Garden Court.
With Sean Lane on piano, Dan Hall on double bass, and Nick Ruggieri on drums.
But there's lots more for you to heckle me at!

Lots more gigs listed online at:

Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair - May 15, 2017

 

Monday, May 15, 2017
Photo by Rose Campiglia
Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair
Well, I've got a new album in the pipeline and it's VERY different from anything I've ever done before.

Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair is a politically-themed album, consisting entirely of songs I've written since the election in November.  Definitely left-leaning, and with quite a bit of dark humor.

I don't like to put TOO much politics in these email updates, but if you think that it's something that might resonate with you, I politely ask that you check out my Kickstarter campaign to find out more, and help support this project by pre-ordering a copy.

To make these songs come to life, I've enlisted a cavalcade of talented vocalists and instrumentalists from the Washington/Baltimore region.  Click here for the complete list.  I'm thrilled and honored that so many talented individuals took time out from their schedules to lend their musical prowess to my musical rants!

The album is completely recorded at this point, and should be out by the end of the summer. Anything you can do to help spread the word and support this undertaking would be greatly appreciated!

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All politics aside, I've got a busy schedule of gigs the next few months, playing lots of non-partisan jazz, blues, swing, and klezmer, all over the Mid-Atlantic.  Go to www.sethkibel.com for the complete schedule.

If you've got little people in your life, check out the Saturday Family Jazz sessions I'll be leading at Strathmore Hall (in the Mansion) on May 20, June 3, and June 17.  These fun programs take place on Saturday mornings at 11 am, and are interactive presentations designed for jazz lovers ages 3 through 11.  Click here for tickets or for more information!

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Oh, here's another gig I want to highlight:

Thursday, May 25 -- Seth Kibel Trio
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

Yours truly, plus Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on bass.

 
More YouTube videos to kill time at the office! 
The Music Pilgrim Trio

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

DC, Bowie, and a return to NYC! - February 23, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Photo by Rebecca L. Carroll
Baby, It's Not Cold Outside... 
Did you know that clarinet fumes are a leading cause of climate change?  It's true -- I saw it on the internet.

With that in mind, it's gonna get a lot warmer real soon, 'cause I'm tootin' my horn all up and down the East Coast, including a rare return engagement in the Big Apple!  Full schedule, as always, available at www.sethkibel.com, but here are some highlights:

Sunday, February 26 -- Seth Kibel Trio
House Concert at "Casa Phoenix"
Logan Circle
Washington, DC  20009
6:30 to 9:30 pm
$20

A house concert AND dinner party (dinner is included in the price of admission!) at a new hub for the Washington DC arts scene!  All are welcome -- just purchase your tickets by clicking this link.

For this show, I'll be playing some jazz, swing, AND klezmer, along with pianist Sean Lane and bassist Bob Abbott.

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Friday, March 3 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
15200 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD  20715
240-232-6376
7:30 to 9 pm
$22
A chance to hear us in a rare concert setting, in this lovely small theater!  With Sean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
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Sunday, March 5 -- Seth Kibel & Friends 
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm

$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)


Klezmer, some other klez-related music, and some jazz, to boot!  With Simone Baron on accordion and piano and Bob Abbott on bass.  Come on out and show some support for the JCC -- they could use it.


Finally, a long overdue return engagement at NYC's legendary City Winery!
Photo by Evan Forman
photo by Evan Forman
Sunday, March 12 -- Seth Kibel Trio
City Winery -- Klezmer Brunch
155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608-0555
11 am to 2 pm
$10 (does not include brunch)
This is a really fun gig at an incredible venue!  If you've got any friends or family in the NYC-area, please tell them to come on out!  Advance tickets are encouraged, but not required.   Click here to get 'em!
For this show, I'll have Simone Baron on accordion, along with NYC-bassist Brian Glassman.
Lots more gigs listed online at:

Strange times call for strange clarinetists - January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Photo by Rose Romeo Campiglia
...and the short clarinetist played on...
I know there's a lot of crazy stuff going on these days, but isn't it comforting to know that no matter what happens, I'll still be out there, annoying someone  with my squeaky misery stick?

You can see me do just that on Thursday!

Thursday, February 2 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, but 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

Yours truly, plus Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

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MASC Grand Prize!!
So...last Sunday evening, I received an amazing voice mail message informing me that my song, "New Waltz," won the GRAND PRIZE for this year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by theSongwriter's Association of Washington (SAW).

I am shocked and humbled that my little ditty, with no lyrics, and a rather unimaginative title, took home the top honors. I only regret that I wasn't able to make the awards gala to celebrate wit h everyone and give everyone there a sloppy drunken hug. Believe me, I would have!

You can purchase said album here, or pretty much anywhere fine music is sold in the digital multiverse.
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Tiny Desk Contest 
Now, if it were a "Tiny Clarinetist Contest," I'd be a shoo-in.  And if it were a "Tiny Hands Contest," we all know who would win the prize.  But, it's neither of those things!
It's the "Tiny Desk Contest," sponsored by NPR Music.  If you listen to NPR a lot, you know what this is, but if not, go here to find out lots more!
If you follow NPR Music on any of the social networks, you'll get a number of opportunities to vote for me in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, check out my wild and wacky submission!
Lots more gigs listed online at:

No rest for the screechy - January 9, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017
Photo by Elie Cossa
Musical Mischief and Mayhem in Midwinter
January is usually a pretty slow month for us professional musicians, but this January seems to be an exception to that rule.  At least for me.  I've got loads of dates, as usual, up at www.sethkibel.com, but here are some highlights that, barring an epic blizzard, I'd love to see some friendly faces at!


Thursday, January 12 -- Tom Teasley & Seth Kibel
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
703-548-0035
7 to 9 pm

Tickets -- $10

Another concert featuring my ground-breaking collaboration with world music percussionist Tom Teasley (see above photo).  Due to our conflicting schedules, we aren't going to do too many of these performances, so catch us when you can!

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Sunday, January 15 -- Seth Kibel & Friends 
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm

$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)


Klezmer, some other klez-related music, and some jazz, to boot!  With Simone Baron on accordion and piano and Daniel Brown on bass.  And maybe a special guest or two!


Saturday, January 21 -- Seth Kibel Quartet, featuring Jenny Langer
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20814
301-299-8728
9 pm to midnight
$18 ($14 with student ID).  Intro dance lesson at 8 pm included in the price of admission.
Another fine swing dance, at the finest of venues, put on by Flying Feet Enterprises!  I'll haveHarry Appelman on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and special guest vocalist Jenny Langer!

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Sunday, January 22 -- Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley 
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410-385-2638
5 to 7 pm
Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
Click here to purchase advance tickets (recommended)
Breaking News!!!
I'm delighted to announce that I'm a GOLD (1st place!) winner in this year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contestsponsored by the Songwriter's Association of Washington!  My composition "New Waltz," from my 2015 album No Wordshas won the top prize in the Instrumental category!
You can hear my winning song here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn8ejDr-HcU

And here is the complete list of winners: 

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!   Blake Althen and Human Factor for producing this record, and  Sean Lane,  Bob Abbott, and  Wes Crawfordwhose prodigious musicianship brought this tune to life. Oh, and my fab record label, Azalea City Recording.Thanks, all!

 

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

2016 ain't over yet... - December 26, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of Washington Jewish Music Festival and Jhon Ochoa
I've got a bad feeling about this...
While most of you may be desperately wishing that 2016 would just come to an inglorious end already, I've got some more shows to plug!

The full schedule is up at www.sethkibel.comand highlights include my annual "Holiday Vaudeville" shows at The Kennedy Center with the Alexandria Kleztet today and tomorrow.

But there's one I really want to mention here:

Wednesday, December 28 -- Annual Chanukah Concert with the Seth Kibel Quartet
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
8 to 10 pm

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.  You can get them at the door, or better yet, order them online here.
For this show, I've got a fabtastic band -- Sean Lane on piano, Simone Baron on accordion, and Ed Goldstein on tuba.  And maybe a special guest or two!

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Now...a special Chanukah present for you nice people!
This track, which is free, and downloadable, is the result of collaboration I did recently with Audix, a young up-and-coming electronica producer in Baltimore.  I played all of the assorted woodwind instruments and he did everything else.  The result is, shall we say...rather unique.  Think of it as klezmer meets dubstep.  Kleztronica, perhaps?
In any case, please listen, share, repost, facetweet, and instachat it for us!
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Technically, this is a 2017 show, but on January 4 you might still have alcohol in your system from 2016, so I'll mention this here anyway.
Wednesday, January 4 -- Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
7:30 to 9:30 pm
No cover, although tips (and advice) are certainly welcome!
This is a reprise of our "Desert Echoes" collaboration which was wildly successful (if I may say so myself) at this year's Washington Jewish Music Festival.  For those of you who aren't familiar with him, Tom Teasley is globe-trotting, award-winning percussionist.  Together, we mix an improvisatory blend of klezmer, jazz, Arabic sounds, and more.
Kibel Teasley New Deal

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The holidays begineth, the clarinet waileth... - November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Seth with clarinet
Clarinet is coming...
The holiday season is about to begin, and that means everyone's favorite Hanukkah elf is about to get CRAZY busy!  Here are some highlights from the next two weeks, but go to www.sethkibel.com to get the complete schedule!

Sunday, November 27 -- Seth Kibel & The Music Pilgrim Trio
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)
Klezmer, jazz, and some Russian favorites with yours truly, Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.
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Then...that very same evening...
7014C Westmoreland Avenue
Takoma Park, MD  20912
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Sampler 6 "Holiday Snowflakes" CD Release Concert

In "Allyword," Airshow Mastering's new concert venue!
Broadcast LIVE at WOWD-LP/94.3 FM, www.TakomaRadio.org

Featuring:
Patty Reese, Bill Starks, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Karen Collins & The Backroads Band, Jesse Palidofsky, Joe Uehlein w/ Anna Grace, Carey Creed, and extra special flake Seth Kibel

$15 suggested donation, INCLUDES free copy of brand-new Azalea City Recordings holiday sampler CD! 
Azalea City concert
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Finally, if you're itching to work off some of those T-Day calories...
Saturday, December 3 -- Swing Dance with The Seth Kibel Quintet
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD  21228-5317
8:30 to 11:30 pm
In the Barn Theater!
Admission: (includes beginner lesson at 7:30 pm)
$10 for undergraduate students with a valid school ID card
$12 for CCBC employees with valid CCBC ID card and those over 64 years
$15 for the public
 
Taking a break from working on the transition?
Watch me in action, but tell people you're just vetting qualified candidates... 

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Debut performances of two new projects! - October 17, 2016

 

Monday, October 17, 2016
Seth on the bar at OBTG
Debut performances of two new projects!
Friday, October 21 -- Seth Kibel & The Brass Ballers with special guest David Kitchen
8604 Chestnut Avenue
Bowie, MD  20715
301-464-8800
8 to 11 pm

A NOLA-style brass band, fronted by yours truly!  We'll be doing some rock, soul, dixieland, blues, and other great American roots music!  Joining me for this musical adventure will be Florida's own Gordon Russell (trumpet, vocals), Jared Denhard (trombone), Ed Goldstein (tuba),Mark Carson (drums), and special guest David Kitchen (guitar, vocals).

No cover!

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Monday, October 31 -- Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley present "Desert Echoes"
2463 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-667-0088
7:30 to 10 pm
I'm excited to launch this new duo collaboration with the award-winning, globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.  There'll be some klezmer, some jazz, some electronics, and a whole lotta improvisation and musical experimentation!
This performance will be a double bill with Yoshie Fruchter's Sandcatchers Band (from NYC) and is part of this year's Washington Jewish Music Festival, sponsored by the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.
Tickets are $8 and advance ticket purchase is STRONGLY recommended!   Click here to get yours!
Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley
Incriminating videos!


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Gigs in Maryland and DC, and some swell videos! - August 30, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Seth with clarinet
A bunch of public shows, but please don't tell the paparazzi...
Thursday, September 1 -- Seth Kibel Trio
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, but 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

Yours truly, plus Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and a special appearance from guest vocalist Julie Kurzava.  Maybe a few other guest appearances, as well!

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Sunday, September 11 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410-385-2638
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tickets -- $12 ($10 students).
Some jazz, swing, and klezmer, with guitarist Michael Raitzyk , bassist Bob Abbott , and drummer Chuck Karner .  One of the best listening rooms in the B'more area, with the comfiest chairs you'll ever sit in while remaining conscious!  Plus, on a Sunday, parking is plentiful and free in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

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Sunday, September 18 -- Seth Kibel & Friends 
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)
Klezmer, some other klez-related music, and some jazz, to boot!  With Sean Lane on piano, Ed Goldstein on tuba, and Tim Jarvis on drums.
Watch me work!  Why not??
I'm watching you work right now!

With the fabulous vocalist/pianist Flo Anito:

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It Ain't Easy Being In Greenbelt - June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016
Photo by David Kennedy
New Deal Cafe -- Wednesday, June 8
This Wednesday, I'll be returning to one of my favorite haunts in the greater Washington region, The New Deal Cafe!  Here are the deets:

Wednesday, June 8 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
7 to 9 pm

No cover, but we greatly appreciate your tips!  (Like go home and practice)

If ya want a seat at a table, I strongly encourage you to call and make a reservation.

I'll have all my regular miscreants -- Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.  And I'm sure I'll have a few special guests, as well!


From a few years ago, but found these HD vids on Vimeo:
Thanks, Tracy Foust!

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The Return of The Alexandria Kleztet - May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Photo by Rose Campiglia
The Return of The Alexandria Kleztet
The Alexandria Kleztet, my award-winning, genre-bending klezmer band, doesn't play very many public shows anymore.  But we've got one this Sunday!
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 for brunch and concert, $15 concert only.  Brunch reservations MUST be made by Wednesday, May 18.
With Helen Hausmann on violin, Bob Abbott on double bass, and Tim Jarvis on drums.
And just in case you insist on making it "Facebook Official," although this isn't a substitute for making actual reservations!
No Words album cover
Wammie Win!

I'm delighted to report that my 2015 CD release, "No Words," recently won the Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) for "2015 Jazz Recording."  These awards are voted on by musicians and music-industry professionals in the Greater Washington metropolitan region, so it's especially gratifying to be recognized by my peers.

This album is available pretty much everywhere fine music is sold along the information superhighway, both digitally and in coffee coaster formats.

More gigs on the website, including a whole slew of sets at the Washington Folk Festival (June 4 & 5), and a return to The New Deal Cafe on Wednesday, June 8!

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Special offer for this weekend's concert - March 31, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Seth with clarinet
Just a quick email to let you know about a very special offer available to only the chosen few -- my email list subscribers!

Details are below, but the important info is that you need to go to this link:

And enter the code "MUSIC" in the "Password or Discount Code" box to get $5 off every general admission ticket!  Do it!  Do it now!

Okay...so here's the skinny on the gig:

Sunday, April 3 --  Creative Cauldron
Seth Kibel Trio with special guest vocalist Lena Seikaly
ArtSpace Falls Church
410 South Maple Avenue
Falls Church, VA  22046
General Admission  $20
Students/Seniors/Military  $18
Table for Four w/ Bottle of Wine  $100   
Table for Two w/ Wine  $50
But again, you can save $5 off the general admission price by using the above code.  Click here to purchase your tickets now!
This show is part of the Creative Cauldron's "Passport To The World" series, co-presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and curated by Lynn Véronneau and Ken Avis ofVeronneau.
In addition to Lena, I'll have Sean Lane on piano, and Bob Abbott on double bass.

Ya gotta purchase your tickets ahead of time to get the discount, but here's the FB event page, if you're into that sort of thing.


See ya!

- Seth
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Public shows in Baltimore & DC - March 21, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016
Seth on his back
I also do floors.
Two big shows coming up in the next week, one in B'more and one in DC.  That constitutes a world tour, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 24 -- An Die Musik Live
The Seth Kibel Quartet
409 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
8 to 9:30 pm
$12 advance tickets, $15 at the door, and $10 students.
With Harry Appelman on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
Some jazz, swing, klezmer, and more!  With the comfiest chairs in all of Baltimore!
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"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 for brunch and concert, $15 concert only.  Brunch reservations MUST be made by Wednesday, March 23.
With Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Susan Jones on violin.
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Two concerts that will NOT be snowed out... - February 16, 2016

These concerts will NOT be snowed out!!
I promise!  I guarantee it!  I stake my good name and reputation on it!

First up is the following concert in the B'more region, which was rescheduled from the original date of January 29.

5315 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD  21214

Concerts in DC and B'more -- reservations required - January 19, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Seth with clarinet
Concerts in DC and B'more!
Greetings and salivations!

I've got two special shows remaining this month, and advance reservations or ticket purchases are highly recommended.  So get those credit cards (or PayPal accounts) ready, and click away.  Or just send me all of your credit card info, and I'll do it for you.  You can trust me.  I'm a clarinetist.


Sunday, January 24 -- Washington DC Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm

Concert & Brunch -- $30 (MUST reserve by January 20)
Concert only -- $15

Yours truly, along with Helen Hausmann on violin, Bob Abbott on double bass, and Tim Jarvis on drums.

Click here to make your reservations!

And it's not the same as a reservation, but here's the FB Event page.

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5315 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD  21214
8 to 10 pm

$20 -- advance tickets HIGHLY recommended!  Click here to purchase!

Yours truly, along with Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.



Hey!  Someone posted an extended video edit of our gig this past summer at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.  Check it out, and remember a warmer time.
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Was your New Year's Resolution to hear more screechy clarinet? - January 5, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Shows in Maryland and DC!
Happy New Year, friends and fans!

January is typically a slower time of year for us musician-folk, but I've actually got an unusually busy month.  The complete schedule, as always, is up at www.sethkibel.com, but here are some highlights for the next couple o' weeks:

Thursday, January 7 -- Great Sage Vegan Restaurant
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!  With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbotton bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

Here's the FB event page for this gig.

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Sunday, January 10 -- Corner Store Arts
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington District of Columbia 20003
202-544-5807
5 to 7 pm
$20 advance, $25 at door

This concert is a tribute to the legendary jazz composer Billy Strayhorn.  It was originally scheduled for November, to commemorate Strayhorn's 100th birthday, but had to be rescheduled.  We'll still play a lot of great Strayhorn classics at this show, but probably some other stuff, as well!

With Sean Lane on piano, and special guest vocalist Julie Kurzava!

One more...

Saturday, January 16 -- Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20814
301-299-8728
9 pm to midnight
 $18/adult ($12/for those 17-and-under), with an intro dance lesson (included in the price of admission) at 8 pm.
Another fine swing dance put on by the folks at Flying Feet!  For this show, I'll have pianist Justin Taylor, bassist Bob Abbott, drummer Wes Crawford, and fabulous guest vocalist Jenny Poppen.
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Hanukkah concerts in Bethesda and Baltimore - December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015
Hanukkah shows in Bethesda and Baltimore!
I think there are only a few tickets left for this first one, so ya better act quickly!

Wednesday, December 9 -- The Mansion at Strathmore Hall
Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
7:30 to 8:30 pm
10701 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD  20852
301-581-5100

$25.  Click here to purchase tickets!

It's not a substitute for purchasing an actual ticket, but here's the FB event page.

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Thursday, December 10 -- An Die Musik
Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
8 to 9:30 pm
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410--385-2638

$12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time students with ID.  Click here to purchase tickets!

And here's that FB event page.

And, when you're completely sick of the holidays...
Wednesday, December 30 -- New Deal Cafe
The Seth Kibel Quartet
7 to 9 pm
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
301-474-5642
No cover!  With guitarist Michael Raitzyk, bassist Bob Abbott, and drummer Wes Crawford.  We promise not to play ANY holiday songs, of any denomination!
A whole bunch of great videos from my June gig at The Kennedy Center!


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Savor The Journey album cover
New album from the Music Pilgrim Trio!  Just in time for the holidays...

The Music Pilgrim Trio (Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself) has a brand new album out, filled with klezmer, jazz, Russian melodies, and more!

 
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You'll be ready to eat again by Sunday... - November 24, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Gobble, gobble, gobble, OY!
Greetings fellow Turkeys and Tofurkeys!

My apologies for increasing the number of emails I send lately, but there's a lot going on these days!  I promise you you'll be hearing a LOT less from me in the early months of 2016. 

Two important gigs on the immediate horizon:

Sunday, November 29 --  Washington DC Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & The Music Pilgrim Trio
11 am to 12:30 pm
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400

This time it'll be the "Music Pilgrim Trio," with yours truly, Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.  Klezmer, Yiddish favorites, Russian melodies, and more!  Tunes from our BRAND NEW recording, "Savor The Journey."

Concert & Brunch: $30 
*Must reserve brunch tickets by Wednesday, November 25* 
Concert Only: $15 


It's not a substitute for an actual reservation, but here's the FB event page for this show.
Then, another Billy Strayhorn tribute show!
Saturday, December 5 -- 49 West Coffeehouse & Winebar
Sean Lane & Seth Kibel -- Billy Strayhorn at 100
8 to 10 pm
49 West Street
Annapolis, MD  21403
410-626-9796
$10 cover.  With bassist Bob Abbott.
A Turkey-tastic swing dance jam featuring The Natty Beaux!
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Savor The Journey album cover
New album from the Music Pilgrim Trio!  Just in time for the holidays...

The Music Pilgrim Trio (Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself) has a brand new album out, filled with klezmer, jazz, Russian melodies, and more!

 
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