A year ago, Georgia-born guitar whiz Kaki King debuted her highly acclaimed multi-media performance The Neck is a Bridge to the Body in Brooklyn, and now an album of the same name featuring music from the show has been released via her label, Short Stuff Records.
“Although it’s a soundtrack to the multimedia show, I want the album to stand on its own as a collection of instrumental music,” says King, who is joined on selected tracks by NYC-based string quartet ETHEL and Dan Brantigan on horns. “The album is an amalgam of the many different ways I’ve approached the instrument over the years… More than anything, the process of creating this music has proven to me once again that the guitar really does the speaking, and I’m just the interpreter.”
Produced in collaboration with “visual experience” company Glowing Pictures, King’s experimental multi-media show drew raves for its integration of sound and vision, where the surface of King’s stationary, all-white acoustic guitar was transformed into a projection screen as she played, displaying visuals that change with the texture of her playing, and interact with a much larger video screen behind her. The woman Rolling Stone calls “a genre unto herself” is touring the spectacular show/album across the US through May.