Renowned guitarist Kaki King released her first release in more than two years, and once again she gives her fans something completely unexpected. Kaki King Live at Berklee with the Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra was released on Friday, September 22.
The album, recorded live at the Red Room at Cafe 939 in April 2017, features King performing new arrangements of her solo guitar compositions, reimagined with the addition of strings and woodwinds. King, Tom Hagerman of Devotchka, and Berklee students Takuma Matsui and Shereen Cheong wrote the arrangements specifically for the recording. The Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra is a 12-piece ensemble composed of Berklee students and faculty, conducted by student Gabriela Sofia Gomez Estevez. The album was recorded by student Andres Gonzalez Cardona, mixed by Aaron Bastinelli ’09, and mastered by faculty member Jonathan Wyner.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist King has released eight 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, the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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 for Best Original Score.