About Us


Equally inspired by the Doors, Incubus and the Chili Peppers, NYC-based psychedelic indie-rockers KITARI are a high-energy group combining infectious melodies with epic, driving, spaced-out rock.

KITARI can trace its origins back to December 2015, when Jared Rinaldi(vocals, bass) happened to stumble into indie-music mecca Arlene's Grocery on his birthday and saw Jim Saint-Amour drumming in a live drum n' bass band. Impressed by Jim's insane speed and polyrhythmic flourishes, Jared sent Jim some rough demos and asked the drummer if he wanted to contribute his skills to a 3 song demo album to be recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, with Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, Team Sleep, Marco Benevento) as producer. Jim liked what he heard and jumped on board.

Flash forward to Summer 2017, and KITARI has quite the track record for just being together a year and some change. The band has both an EP and unreleased ten track album under their belt, has packed houses at such renowned NYC venues as Arlene's Grocery, Bowery Electric, the Shrine and Alphabet Lounge, has released a music video for their blisteringly hot single "Ghost City Shores" and has had their song "The Scarecrow & the Manor" played on "The Locally Grown w/ MK" show on Radio Woodstock, 100.1 FM.

The band is rounded out by Christoph Siegrist, key-tickler extraordinaire, and guitar virtuoso Shane Harrington, whose mastery of soundscapes and awesome stage presence is the icing on the Kitari cake. Catch them at their next show in the city or at a northeast venue for their summer tour, and be on the lookout for their next music video for "Feast of Fiends," which will premiere in July.