Kaki King                              

Live At Berklee 

(BIRN Cooperative Recordings, September 22nd 2017)

 

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Kaki King Bio

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 8 albums over the past 13 years. She has performed on every continent over the course of multiple world tours, and has presented her work in a variety of prestigious arts centers, including the Kennedy Center, 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 received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.

Playlists

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Deep Focus

Acoustic Concentration

Descanso Infinito

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Press

"There are some guitar players that are good, and there are some guitar players that are really fucking good. And then there's Kaki King." – Dave GrohlMusic Radar

"bare, powerful, and propulsive." - KUTX Austin

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

" In her near-13-year career that’s seen six studio albums and a Golden-Globe nomination for best original score, King has earned critical acclaim for the way she combines unusual tunings, complex fingerstyle picking, and slap bass techniques to create soundscapes that range from instrumental acoustic work to high-voltage rock songsThe Atlantic

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

“Her command of the guitar creates a unique listening experience that explores every raw emotion. Her devotion to guitar and other string instruments is a refreshing change from a musical culture saturated by synthesizers.” – PASTE Magazine

“King's focused intensity summons up a kind of kinetic power and passion that can stop surprised, slack-jawed onlookers in their tracks.” — Acoustic Guitar

“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 burst on the scene a decade ago as a solo performer with a dazzling, percussive, two-handed slapping and tapping approach… King’s often-overlooked yet extremely swift fingerstyle technique…  explores different tunings, instruments, and textures. Her acoustic guitar is surrounded by powerful, swirling string arrangements…” – Guitar Player

 "Groundbreaking solo fingerstylist, darling of the indie-rock world, or both? While both camps can be protective of who they consider “theirs,” Kaki King is both, and more. If a stamp is required, she’s simply a ridiculously talented guitarist in the vein of those that don’t come around very often.” – Premier Guitar

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


 

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