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Kiefer

Aug 9, Friday - 11:55pm
SJZ Break Room Stage

Kiefer’s signature sound is something you can’t forget; characterized by hard-hitting beats, complex jazz voicings and sentimental melodies. A standout at Stones Throw  Records, he bridges jazz and hip-hop with style and virtuosity, creating modern suites of infectious grooves.

Kiefer grew up in San Diego, California, immersed in jazz by his father at a young age, and later experimented with hip-hop-inspired beats in high school. He got his education in beats while studying jazz piano at UCLA and collaborating with other artists in the scene.

His debut, Kickinit Alone, was released on Leaving Records in 2017. Soon after, Kiefer signed to Stones Throw Records and released two LPs: 2018’s Happysad and 2021’s When There’s Love Around.  His new full-length record, titled It’s Ok, B U, dropped in September 2023.

Outside of his solo work, Kiefer has recorded with artists such as Drake, Kaytranada, S.I.R., and Terrace Martin, and produced for Anderson .Paak on his Grammy Award winning record, Ventura. In addition, he is an active educator, having mentored keyboardist Telemakus and recently released 15 Exercises on his website.

Kiefer at his core is both emotional and an optimist, which is why his songs resonate with a wide spectrum of emotions. His ethos is about feeling encouraged, empowered and full of gratitude, reminding listeners through his music, “this is a beautiful life.”

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Kiefer grew up in San Diego, California, immersed in jazz by his father at a young age, and later experimented with hip-hop-inspired beats in high school. He got his education in beats while studying jazz piano at UCLA and collaborating with other artists in the scene.

His debut, Kickinit Alone, was released on Leaving Records in 2017. Soon after, Kiefer signed to Stones Throw Records and released two LPs: 2018’s Happysad and 2021’s When There’s Love Around.  His new full-length record, titled It’s Ok, B U, dropped in September 2023.

Outside of his solo work, Kiefer has recorded with artists such as Drake, Kaytranada, S.I.R., and Terrace Martin, and produced for Anderson .Paak on his Grammy Award winning record, Ventura. In addition, he is an active educator, having mentored keyboardist Telemakus and recently released 15 Exercises on his website.

Kiefer at his core is both emotional and an optimist, which is why his songs resonate with a wide spectrum of emotions. His ethos is about feeling encouraged, empowered and full of gratitude, reminding listeners through his music, “this is a beautiful life.”

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Personnel

Kiefer Shackelford – Piano
Myles Martin – Drums