Visual Arts, Guitar Music Meet In Mix @ The Max Performance

Using guitar as a (literal) instrument of visual art, Kaki King performs in Detroit

It’s not that Brooklyn-based musician Kaki King was tired of simply playing guitar, it’s more that she wanted her guitar to be an instrument of visual artistry as well as music.

With a special “skin” on her white guitar and a screen behind her, her performances on her current “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” tour include projections of colors, shapes, photographs and video coordinated with her solo playing.

“There’s going to be a lot of light, a lot of color and a lot of music,” King says. “There’s everything. The thing that unites it is guitar.”

King performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Doors open at 6 p.m. for food and drinks before the performance. Tickets are $15.

WDET is a sponsor of the Mix @ The Max events.

Click on the audio player above to hear Kaki King’s conversation with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda.


  • Sandra Svoboda
    Recovering Bankruptcy Reporter/Blogger looking forward to chronicling regional revitalization on-air, digitally and through community engagement.