Members: Michael Harrist, Tobey LaRoche, Jesse Hanson
Sol & Kiel's music is a highly crafted space in which song, instrumental composition, and improvisation coexist. Roaming through various musical landscapes, the ensemble performs on acoustic instruments from all over the world including Malian balafon, Navajo flute, Ugandan adungu, and a plethora of percussion instruments. The group also draws heavily from western folk traditions including avant-garde jazz, fiddle music, and American songcraft.
Sol & Kiel strongly believe that music exists to serve something greater than itself. As a modest gesture in this regard, they have partnered with the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter in Boston. When performing locally, Sol & Kiel not only speak about the organization and hand out pamphlets at their shows, but also give the net proceeds from their EP âThere Is No Easy Way From the Earth to the Starsâ to Pine Street.
"On a variety of typical and not-so-typical instruments, Sol & Kiel create a soundscape happily existing between the realms of both world and folk music. Imaginative songwriting and tight harmonies draw listeners into a space entirely original."
- Jon 'Chip' Colcord, Out of the Woods Radio
"Sol & Kiel deliver mesmerizing heartfelt music with uplifting free-spirited improv, haunting melodies and hypnotic rhythms guaranteed to take the listener on a joyful sonic journey."
- Randy Armstrong, co-founder of Do'a World Music Ensemble & Unu Mondo