Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 8 albums over the past 13 years. She has presented her work in a variety of prestigious arts centers around the world, including the Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, MoMA, LACMA and The Met. She has created music for numerous film and TV soundtracks, including “August Rush” and Sean Penn's “Into the Wild”, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
In 2015 Kaki launched "The Neck is a Bridge to the Body", a groundbreaking multi-media performance that uses projection mapping to turn her guitar into a projection screen depicting a wildly luminous creation myth. King also recently recorded her first full-length album with symphony orchestra, commissioned by the Berklee College of Music, which was released in 2017. Kaki’s newest project, DATA NOT FOUND, will premiere in September 2020.
What the press is saying…
“a shockingly gifted, stunningly complex performer who's just slightly out of place in too simple a setting." – LA Times
“Watching Kaki King perform is like seeing guitar-playing for the first time. With both hands curling over her instrument’s neck, she hammers, plucks, strums, drums, and slaps at frets, strings, and body. The effect is of sculpting rather than of playing music.” – NY Mag
“She does amazing things with the simple six-string: she slaps the wood, rubs the strings and hammers her fingers over the frets. In short, she treats her guitar like a percussion instrument, creating a sound that one reviewer describes as ‘somewhere between funk and flamenco.’” - NPR
“Possessing the uncanny ability to create visceral scenes with a single instrument, King dispels any notion of singer-songwriters as one-track minded. Through a playful, emotive manipulation of noise, the acclaimed guitarist challenges the boundaries of acoustics through just six strings and a whole lot of rhythm.” – Consequence of Sound
“King’s evocative performance was a sumptuous feast for the senses, a dizzying display of sound and vision by a guitarist already renowned for her innovation.”– Boston Globe
"The music isn’t jazz but more an assault of feedback-laden psychedelia that’s part Mahavishnu Orchestra, part Sonic Youth, and of course part Hendrix during his most lyrical “Waterfall” moments." — Chicago Reader
“Calling Kaki King a guitarist does her a disservice. The post-rock composer and musician is a consummate performance artist who does things to her instrument most self-identified guitarists could never even imagine, much less replicate.” – Washington City Paper