Galen Kipar Project

A nationally touring act based in Asheville with three albums out, national radio play and support.

You can listen to music samples and find other info on the band at one of the following links. Press Kit and CD's are available upon request.


“Small-scale symphony: the GKP brings big ideas into simple songs. Paper Sailer (08’) seems to be a metaphor for anything brave and fragile on that boundless sea of possibility... the simple combination of dobro, classical guitar, viola and male/female vocal harmonies - is remarkably effective, giving the recording a simple, almost elegant feel. David Cole, Mountain Xpress 2008

Galen Kipar has been busy creating music over the past years, which is one of the qualities that has helped make him a fixture on the Asheville music scene since his move to the city. He’s releasing his third album, in as many years, this month with a CD release show at the Grey Eagle on Thursday. Jaime Mckee, Citizen Times 2008

“Playfully pushing the edge, could be an accurate take on The Galen Kipar Project’s music as a whole. It is smart, daring, and unashamed to own up to its classical and jazz roots.” Kim Clark, Asheville Magazine 2007

“...this brilliant young artist. Never settling for conventional melodic or lyrical choices, everything about Galen Kipar’s music says that he is most certainly a thinker. With string quartet, tuba, the sounds of playing children, classical guitars and church bells artfully woven through the complex-yet accessible-tunes, the songs on Why it’s Needed (07’) ...” Kim Clark, Asheville Magazine 2007

Voted 28 in WNCW 88.7 Southeast Regional Top 100 of 2006

The music of the Galen Kipar Project was born out of a passion for the exploration of sound and composition. Within the woven eclectic sounds of the instrumentation, we are introduced to a poetic journey that is present in each of the Project's songs. The roots of classical, jazz, blues, soul folk, and world beat are echoed within the overall chemistry of the Project's music. In addition to the band's three core members, the GKP frequently features the talent of guest musicians who compliment the band's sound with such elements as female vocals, double bass, cello, violin, mandolin, tuba, trumpet, piano and B3 organ. With such additions lending to the Project's creativity and flexibility, these contributions unquestionably add depth and texture enhancing the musical experience. Throughout its evolution, the music of the Galen Kipar Project has matured to a sound that is undeniably original. As demonstrated in the band's lyrical potency, the GKP is dedicated to saturating the spongy sound waves with honest, imaginative music that reflects curiosity against observation of what our eyes see, ears hear, in the realistic, political, ethical, religiously spiritual, beautiful adventure of this ever changing cycle of life.