Kaki King 58.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
We can thank Tamar Eisenman for bringing ace US buzzworthy guitarist Kaki King
to Israel. Tel Aviv-based singer/songwriter Eisenman – who is coming off the
high of her own excellent 2009 album Gynmasium – developed a mutual admiration
society with King, and earlier this year, appeared with the diminutive but
powerful unorthodox performer in Germany. An invitation for a joint performance
in Tel Aviv ensued, which King readily accepted, and the big event will take
place next Friday, July 23, at the Barby Club.
The 30-year-old native of
Georgia with the funny name has already racked up an impressive resume and the
accolades that come along with it, for her unique guitar style which includes
squeezing all kinds of sparks out of her guitar with techniques like hammering,
tapping and fanning; things you or I know nothing about.
Called by one
wag the master of the “fingerstyle-meets-folky-shoegaze genre,” King’s
albums featured mostly acoustic music, but by about 2005, she was
employ a fuller band sound with electric guitars, looping and more
experimentation. She also widened the playing field by beginning to sing
adding another dimension to her intriguing music and spurring her
In 2006, Rolling Stone named her a ‘Guitar God’ and the following
year, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score along
Eddie Vedder for the American score to the film Into the Wild. Another
is the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, who invited King to perform on his
album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
She then toured with the Foo
Fighters that year and was introduced by Grohl onstage with “There are
guitar players that are good and there are some guitar players that are
**** good. And then there's Kaki King.”
Her latest album, Junior,
demonstrates the breadth of King’s musical interests, with the DIY
the punkish “Falling Day” and the noisy “Death Head” complementing the
rock of “Spit It Back In My Mouth,” the electrifying instrumental “My
That Committed Suicide,” and the harrowing folkish ballad
The double bill of Kaki King and Tamar Eisenman is a rare
opportunity in our little country to see one of the best homegrown
brainwaves, guitar licks and vocal cords with a deservedly heralded
the American indie landscape.