Jann Klose is returning to Fiddlers Crossing for the third time. In his 2011 and 2013 appearances in the “listening room” venue, he played to sold-out, enthusiastic audiences. His concert on Saturday, January 30, at 7 p.m., should be no exception.
Klose is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who epitomizes the “Crossing” part of Fiddlers Crossing. Klose is truly an international musician, having lived in Germany, Kenya and South Africa and the United States. His music is a genre becoming known as “Chamber Pop,” a form of pop-rock performed in an intimate style more like folk music. His lush, beautiful voice is well-suited to bringing out the deep emotions of his lyrics.
Klose first came to the United States as an exchange student in Ohio. He now lives in New York City, but tours throughout the US and Canada. As a singer and songwriter, his music reflects his international background in his lyrics and melodies, as well as his rhythms and guitar work. He has performed with or opened for such artists as Suzanne Vega, Vonda Shepard, Rosanne Cash, and even Les Paul. The Washington Post writes of him, “Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.” He also has stage credits that include “Jekyll & Hyde” on Broadway, and in the touring companies of The Who’s “Tommy” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Klose has a “world citizen” outlook in helping others. He was involved in cleanup efforts on Staten Island after hurricane Sandy decimated that region of New York City. He has donated his time and talents to a CD produced by the Healthy Food for Thought organization, designed to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating. “Good Enough to Eat” was nominated for a Grammy in the “spoken word” category in 2010. The CD was produced as a benefit for the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online, at the venue’s Wednesday Open Mics, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture, Lucky’s Barbershop, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 (add $1 for processing). Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30p.m. Fiddlers Crossing is on facebook, and online at fiddlerscrossing.org.