Kiefer, jazz pianist/beat maker, shares new track “Sunny” + US/EU spring tour dates




“a striking entry to this lineage of hip-hop inextricably tethered to jazz”

“Kiefer might be the best kept secret in jazz and alt-rap”

“Ultimately, what could sound like average contemporary jazz fluff, in Kiefer’s hands sounds instead like the liquid dreams of jazz-funk aliens”
All Music

“The kind of laid-back, breezy, jazz-indebted music that’s the ideal accompaniment to lazy summer days”

“intoxicating groove and piano chops”

“Jazz pianist Kiefer creates smoky rhythms over hip-hop beats that ought to place him in the upper echelon of hip-hop instrumentalists… a singular force”

On April 5th, 2019, LA-based jazz pianist and beat maker, Kiefer, will release ‘Bridges,’ the follow-up to his first Stones Throw release ‘Happysad’ (2018) and debut LP ‘Kickinit Alone’ (Leaving Records, 2017).

Listen to “Sunny” HERE.

Kiefer’s soulful beat music has won fans at Pitchfork, Bandcamp, the BBC, as well as hip-hop stars Dr Dre and Anderson .Paak. Last summer, Kiefer toured the US, Asia, Europe and co-produced “Smile / Petty” from .Paak’s acclaimed album ‘Oxnard.” A fixture in Mndsgn’s live setup, Kiefer has also made beats with Kaytranada, and played with Terrace Martin, Moses Sumney, among others.

Kiefer is a keyboardist first and foremost, taught to play the blues by his father practically before he could walk. He started producing his own beats at around age twelve, and eventually went on to study under renowned jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell at UCLA’s Jazz Studies program. There, he started to toy with the synergy between the jazz piano he studied and the beats he created outside of school. While his peers performed over live instrumentation, Kiefer produced electronic beats completely free from sampled melodic material or drum breaks.

While ‘Bridges’ remains true to his jazz and hip-hop roots, the release between full-lengths was an opportunity to take his sound in new directions. “My dad always told me any time you work on something, make it better than last time,” he says, “I wanted to approach things in a new and updated way.”

No longer driven solely by Kiefer’s signature piano, several songs on Bridges incorporate new instruments, including a range of analogue synths. They also display a renewed emphasis on arrangements. Steering away from the improvisatory, beat-tape styles of songs on Kickinit Alone and Happysad, Kiefer focused on a structured approach to composition and more intricately orchestrated moments, giving the title its second meaning — the musical bridge.

Kiefer will take this new material on the road throughout 2019 backed by a team of A-list jazz musicians including Jonah Levine (trombone, keys), Sam Gendel (alto), Andy McCauley (bass), and Will Logan (drums). The dates include a US leg in April followed by Kiefer’s first European headlining tour in May.

Put simply, Kiefer hopes his music and live shows can help inspire joy. “Watching other artists, it’s always been comforting for me to see someone truly dedicated to making beautiful stuff. When I play, I hope people see someone genuinely pour their heart into something.”

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