Sol & Kiel

Sol & Kiel

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Sol & Kiel’s music is a highly crafted space in which song, instrumental composition, and improvisation coexist. The ensemble performs on acoustic instruments from all over the world, synthesizing diverse textures with delicate chamber-like conversation within various western folk traditions.

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Biography

Long time friends and collaborators Tobey LaRoche and Michael Harrist created Sol & Kiel in the fall of 2011.

Coming from a well-known musical family, Tobey is the son of the late Ken LaRoche. A flautist and multi-instrumentalist, Ken was a founder of the world music ensemble Do’a, who’s music was heralded by Dizzy Gillespie as “One of the important contributions to the future of our music.” Tobey has opened for Anais Mitchell and is highly sought after as an accompanist for singer-songwriters throughout New England. Michael is a double bassist who finds work throughout the northeast in many different traditions. He has toured the U.S. and Europe with the new music ensemble Capillary Action (www.capact.com) and plays extensively with the gypsy jazz group Ameranouche (www.ameranouche.com). Michael is a respected member of the Boston jazz and improvised music scene and plays traditional music at contra dances and western swing with the Honky Tonk Masquerade. In addition to his work on the double bass, Mike is an accomplished composer and songwriter.

When performing live, the duo’s music is augmented by Jesse Hanson on strings, guitar, and vocals. An accomplished singer songwriter in her own right, you can find Jesse and her debut album here: http://www.jessehanson.me/

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 “There Is No Easy Way From the Earth to the Stars” to Pine Street.

Lyrics

Morning Light

Written By: Tobey LaRoche

Under the sheets we found a world so free and true
And time flew
Our love grew
You spoke to me of all the time you wish we had
How good I made you feel
It almost seemed unreal
And then the morning light would steal

Steal you away from me
To where I did not know
It would come and take you away form me
Tell me, where did you go?

Take me down from this roller coaster
I am tired of playing your games
Take me down from this merry-go-round
I am through calling your name

I left it all behind to be with you
To take a chance
To find romance
To dance this dance
And through a perfect smile you did conceal
Part of you that was real
And before I could peel away the layers
The morning light would peel away the layers
The morning light would peel away the layers
The morning light would peel away the layers
The morning light would peel away the layers
The morning light would peel away the layers
The morning light would steal

Steal you away from me
To where I did not know
It would come and take you away form me
Tell me, where did you go?

Take me down from this roller coaster
I am tired of playing your games
Take me down from this merry-go-round
I am through calling your name

The ride is over now, but my heart tumbles onward
Through the thick and thin of every mile
All that's left is just to thank you for our time spent
For now the morning greets me with a smile...

Discography

There is No Easy Way From the Earth to the Stars (EP)