Monday, January 1, 2018
Actual picture of Seth
Was your New Year's resolution to hear more woodwinds in 2018?
Who am I kidding?  Of course, it was!

Well, fortunately for you, I'm starting off the New Year with quite a few gigs.  The full schedule, as always,
is a click away,   
but here are two highlights I wanted to bring to your attention:
Thursday, January 4 -- Great Sage (vegan restaurant)
Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
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!  WithSean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
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Sunday, January 7 -- Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & Friends
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 concert & brunch, $15 concert only
My "friends" this particular morning will include Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on double bass.
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, December 11, 2017
More Kibel!!!
Doesn't everyone wish for more clarinet this time of year?
Quite a few more performances remaining this holiday season, including my annual klezmer appearance at The Kennedy Center with The Alexandria Kleztet.
But here are two shows you need to ask Alexa to buy you tickets for RIGHT NOW!
Thursday, December 14 -- An Die Musik
Seth Kibel & Friends -- A Swingin' Klezmer Chanukah!
8 to 10 pm
$15, $10 students
Some favorite Chanukah carols, klezmer melodies, jazz improv, and more, with electric guitarist Michael Raitzyk, bassist Bob Abbott, and everyone's favorite percussion elf Tom Teasley!
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Wednesday, December 20 -- Tiny Planet (Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley)
CD Release Show!
7:30 to 8:30 pm
$20
As many of you already know, I've got a duo project, dubbed "Tiny Planet," with the award-winning, globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.  We've got a brand-new record, and it will be available for purchase at this show.  It won't officially be available elsewhere until mid-January, but we'll have some "advance copies" for sale at the concert.
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Videos of Snark & Despair
(please assist me in my relentless battle against obscurity by watching, commenting, reposting, resharing, retweeting, regramming, etc...)
Wait!  There's more...
Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, November 27, 2017
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Did you miss the CD Release Show in Bethesda? SAD!!!
Fortunately, you've got just ONE more chance to hear the songs on my new album performed live!  Be there, or forever live with the nagging regret!
Thursday, November 30 -- Creative Alliance (Patterson Theater)
CD Release Show of Snark & Despair
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21224
410-276-1651
7:30 to 9:30 pm
$15, $12 members (+$3 at the door)
This is going to be your last chance to hear the songs from my new album performed live for the foreseeable future.  You won't regret coming to this show!  And, if you do, you can always tell people you "don't recall" ever attending.
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 consistent with the overall theme of the evening.  Plus, familiar songs of protest from folks like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Nancy Sinatra (!), and more.  And I'll have the BEST house band, consisting of guitarist Steve Steckler, pianist Sean Lane, bassist Russell Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.  
I highly encourage everyone to save a few bucks, by clicking this link and getting your tickets in advance!
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!  If you lend a hand, I promise to say "thank you."  This is probably the best link for you to get started doing all of that!
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Photo by Rose Campiglia
Holiday shopping woes???  Remember -- my assorted albums make GREAT gifts!  Not only do they contain award-winning music in multiple genres, but you can rest assured that your friends and family don't already own copies!
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It's a CRAZY busy December for this guy!  Check out my schedule and come hear me play!  Come to any six shows and win a free restraining order! 
Lots more gigs listed online at:

 

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! 

 

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:

 

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! 

 

 

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! 

 

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:
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    )
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!!
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
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:

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Upcoming Performances!

  • 11/17/2018
    Enoch Pratt Library - Baltimore, MD
     
  • 11/17/2018
    Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, MD
     
  • 11/21/2018
    Springwell Senior Living Community - Baltimore, MD
     
  • 11/23/2018
    Creative Alliance - Baltimore, MD
     
  • 11/24/2018
    The Mainstay - Rock Hall, MD
     

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