Kaki King redefines the role of solo instrumental artist through her stunning technique, insatiable imagination and boundless humanity.
Visionary musician Kaki King curates ground-breaking new multi-media performances using light projection mapping to present the guitar as a metaphysical blank slate.
As a contemporary virtuoso guitarist, she redefines the role of solo instrumental artist through her stunning technique, insatiable imagination and boundless humanity.
In her highly anticipated upcoming show at Melbourne Recital Centre, Kaki King presents the guitar as a canvas, where luminous visions are cast onto her signature Ovation Adamas guitar which has been customised specifically for the tour.
The result? Spellbinding visuals, mesmerising melodies and a feast for the senses. See for yourself in the video below.
Otherworldly and immersive, King prides herself on the curation of the live experience. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, she spoke of her love of playing completely live with her signature guitar in-hand: “Every piece of the show, every second is very much a live performance… Nothing is pre-recorded to the point where my presence is not required. It's a very dynamic show and you never see the same show twice… It's easier for me to put feelings into music. The guitar has always been the way that I express myself best… It's always been in control. It's been the thing that drives my life, and not the other way around." Hear more from Kaki King and read the full interview here
Delving deeper into the magic that takes place behind-the-scenes to bring an experience like King’s performance to life, she elaborated on the impressive stage setup required with Australian Guitar: “We set the guitar up on stands so it doesn’t move, and then we take a 3D scan of the entire stage. Then we cut the guitar out of that scan and run it back through the program so that the projector only projects light onto that part of the stage… The concept is basically a digital stencil, so you just take everything that isn’t a guitar out of the projector.” Want to know more? Read more on AV Hub here
Kaki King is currently making her way across Australia, playing Adelaide Guitar Festival and Sydney Guitar Festival before she brings her kaleidoscopic musical feat to the stage in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on 13 August. To see more from King's live shows, visit Kaki King's YouTube channel here
For guitar aficionados, King plays an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King, with Ovation’s High Output pickup and OP-Pro preamp. She tours with two signature models in ever-changing tunings.
In an interview with Acoustic Guitar, when asked of the intimate connection between herself as a songwriter and her instruments, she says of the Adamas; “the Adamas allows me to tune really low, and that’s something I’ve sought out for ages—lower and darker tone that still maintains clarity. And, of course, the tiny 12-string, the Veillette Gryphon that I have, those songs couldn’t exist on anything else.” You can learn more about Kaki King's guitars here
Did you know, Kaki King has a series of lesson videos for guitar aficionados to immerse themselves and learn from her virtuosic skillset? Start learning from the master herself here