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:

 

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

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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:
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:

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!

 

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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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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... 

Lots more gigs listed online at:

 

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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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:

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
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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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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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