On the evening of Sunday, December 3, guitarist Kaki King performed for students at Forman School as part of an ongoing series of performances to enhance the arts on campus at the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater.
King, a native of Atlanta, Georgia who started her career selling CDs of her music in the subway system of New York City, has recorded nine albums in her 15-year career. Around the time of her sixth album, King wanted to explore the idea of using projection mapping in her live shows and using lights and visuals to accompany her guitar playing.
"In addition to computer-generated images, I use the guitar to affect the graphics and images," says King." When I play louder, the images are brighter. And I can map certain notes on the guitar to produce specific things like a pink or a blue spiral."
King's white guitar is mounted and does not move during the show. Dressed in white and wearing sunglasses, King sits behind the guitar almost in hiding as she is lit less than the guitar.
Along with her collaborator on visuals Max Bernstein, King performed an hour-long piece called "The Neck is the Bridge to the Body."
"The piece is loose and abstract but I hope it has a narrative and an emotional arc," said King during a master class earlier in the day.