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Kaki King performs her latest show “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” which fuses a mesmerizing light show with King’s melodic guitar compositions. Photos courtesy of Simone Cecchetti


A lone figure sits on stage with a stark, white guitar and begins to play. The stage goes black before the guitar explodes with light and flashes images of ocean waves, buzzing wildlife and electricity. This is solo guitarist, Kaki King’s unique project that fuses guitar melodies and visual storytelling into an innovative performance that she’s bringing to the Kirkland Performance Center (KPC). The unique performance, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” utilizes projection mapping to

cast colorful textures, shapes and “visions of genesis and death” onto King’s guitar, which was customized specifically for the project. “No one else is doing projection mapped guitar work, playing and composing the way I do,” King said. “Expanding the visual aspect of the guitar was a natural way to keep pushing the boundaries of the instrument.” King has released eight albums, performed with numerous bands, including Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats and contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden


“No one else is doing projection mapped guitar work, playing and composing the way I do.” Kaki King, Solo guitarist

Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s “Into The Wild”. Currently, King is on a world tour and will visit the KPC on April 5. Her first album,

“Everybody Loves you”, was released in 2003 and she hasn’t stopped developing her art since then. “I never had a grand scheme,” she said. “I just kept taking the next right step. Kept working and trying and experimenting. Same thing still works for me today.” “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” is her latest project, which King created in 2014. The entire show revolves around King’s signature Ovation Adamas guitar. King created a visual experience that is projected onto her guitar, throughout the hour-long performance, as she plays. “I’m a guitarist and I try to


push the boundaries of the instrument as far as I can,” King said. King added that she’s grown a lot over her 15-year-old career. Originally, she said she didn’t even want to perform for a living. “The idea terrified me,” she said. “I just ended up having to quit all my other jobs because eventually touring and performing was taking up all of my time.” The music hasn’t been King’s only change over her career. She started out as a self-described “lonely depressed gay teenager” and is now a married woman See KING, Page 12


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SAMMAMISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS RUSSKAYA DUSHA! By Reporter Staff The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and music director Adam Stern, will bring the music of Russia to Bellevue in April as they present their fourth concert of the season, “Russkaya Dusha! (The Russian Soul).” The concert focuses on some of the most engaging Russian symphonic works by composers deeply influenced by the traditions, music and history of their culture. The program includes works inspired by Russian folk tunes including Mikhail Glinka’s “Kamarinskaya,” Anatol Liadov’s “Eight Russian Folksongs” and Vassili Kalinnikov’s “Chanson triste.” Also featured are the exotic

melodies of Alexander Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia” and the exuberant driving rhythms of Polovtsian March from his historical opera “Prince Igor.” The orchestra is also joined by ShiangYin Lee, the Sammamish Symphony’s principal cellist, who takes center stage for a performance of Alexander Glazunov’s emotional and melancholic “Chant du ménestrel.” And, rounding out the program is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole with its lively melodies and dazzling orchestration, a fitting finale to the evening’s concert. Shiang-Yin Lee, Cello: ShiangYin Lee received her Doctoral of Musical Arts from the University of Washington and Master of Music from the University of Texas

at Austin. She has studied with Toby Saks, Ray Davis, Cordelia Miedel and Phyllis Young. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and did early music scholarship at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Lee performs with chamber groups around the Puget Sound and is a dedicated fulltime educator. She teaches young people at the University of Puget Sound, Music Works Northwest (a non-profit community school), Pacific Northwest School of Music and Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has lived in Sammamish since 2001. Adam Stern, conductor and music director of the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra: Adam Stern, conductor and music director of the Sammamish

Symphony Orchestra, is one of the region’s busiest musicians. He was appointed music director in the summer of 2015, after serving for several months as interim conductor, and brings more than 40 years of conducting experience to the orchestra. Since arriving in Seattle in 1992, he has been active as a conductor, composer, pianist, educator and lecturer. Under Stern’s leadership, local orchestras have given numerous world, U.S., West Coast and Northwest premieres to the Puget Sound community. Stern’s unique programming combines beloved masterworks with must-hear rarities; his programs are not merely concerts, but true musical events. Sammamish Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating 26

years this season, the orchestra performs on the Sammamish Plateau, in downtown Bellevue and at various locations in the Seattle area. The Sammamish Symphony is committed to offering quality music at affordable prices for Eastside residents. The orchestra also performs two summer pops concerts free of charge. The volunteer ensemble provides the opportunity for talented, dedicated musicians to perform with a full symphony orchestra. “Russkaya Dusha! (The Russian Soul)” will place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 NE Sixth St. in Bellevue. Tickets are on sale at SammamishSymphony.org for more information.

Kaki King performs her latest show “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” which fuses a mesmerizing light show with King’s melodic guitar compositions. Photos courtesy of Simone Cecchetti

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with two children. “Some of my early work was the best because there was no pressure for it to be great or do

or say anything,” King said. “I will say I’m a much more stable and well adjusted human being, but most people can say that of themselves between 23 and 38.” King added that there was an unfortunate shift in her fan base throughout her career. She said she lost an intimacy with her

following as it grew. “It was sad when I realized things had changed,” King said. “I used to have fun times hanging with fans early on—back when there would be 30-40 people at a gig. Now due to the actions of some super weirdos I have to protect myself a lot more. I’m

an open person but I have to be careful who I’m letting into my world sometimes.” King has been touring with this project since 2014 and has numerous shows scheduled throughout the country throughout April. Currently, her final tour date is scheduled for Aug. 10 in

Australia. Afterwards, King plans to spend some time with her family before working on her next projects. “I’m excited for my son to start walking, talking and eating solid food, and I want to teach my daughter to read,” King said. “After that, I’ll focus on more art.”

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DOWNTOWN ISSAQUAH WINE & ART WALK SERIES CONTINUES By Reporter Staff The Downtown Issaquah Association will continue its Downtown Issaquah Wine & Art Walk series on April 7. The association is partnering with artEast Art Center this year to combine wine with fine art. This event is a fun and lively first Saturday evening event that brings community

together. Attendees can enjoy live music, art, art demonstrations, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations along Front Street. This is a free event and all ages welcome (wine tasting requires ticket and age verification). Front Street shops and restaurants are open to the

general public. This month, Wine & Art Walk celebrates Italian heritage through musical performance, including The Rigatones, a lively and engaging ‘strolling’ duo and the Andrea Algieri Duo of Portland who blends expressive Italian lyrics with hook-laden melodies. Other performances include the Cool

School Jazz with more performances to come. Wineries include: Don Carlo Vineyard, Barrel Springs, Long Cellars, Masquerade, Wilridge and Sol Stone, Love that Red, Estrin Estates, Nardone and Capri Cellars. Beer tasting by Rogue Brewery. Bring your own glass.

The association’s mission is to promote and enhance the vitality of historic Downtown Issaquah through programs and events that celebrate our unique culture. Tickets are available at www. downtownissaquah.com/winewalk, $25 in advance or $30 at the event. This includes 10 one ounce drink tokens.


RED MOUNTAIN IS RED FOR MANY REASONS By Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman Great Northwest Wine

A question often asked by lovers of Northwest wine is how Red Mountain got its name. After all, it’s not much of a mountain, and it’s brown. In fact, the nearby town of Kiona is a native word for “brown hills,” which appropriately describes the nearby Rattlesnake and Horse Heaven hills. But “Brown Hill” isn’t nearly as marketable a name as Red Mountain. From a wine perspective, there are plenty of other reasons for the name. For example, of the 2,338 acres of wine grapes planted on the 4,000-acre area, red varieties dominate, leading with Cabernet Sauvignon taking up more than half of the acreage. Red Mountain is the one of warmest growing regions in the Columbia Valley and receives a scant six inches of precipitation annually. The real reason behind the name makes itself apparent. Each May, the cheatgrass that grows

on the hill turns red hue for a few weeks each year. While late spring is the right time to visit Red Mountain to see it when it red, any time is appropriate taste a some award-winning red wines. Here are some Red Mountain wines we’ve tasted in recent weeks. Ask for them at your favorite wine shop or contact the winery directly. Upchurch Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $75: Chris and Thea Upchurch live part-time among their young vines along the southern slopes of Red Mountain, and their relationship with vaunted viticulturist Dick Boushey continues to showcase remarkable synergy. A small percentage of Merlot (9%) adds to the power while the 100% new French oak barrels bevels the edges, making for a drink that’s akin to a slice of Triple Berry Pie with cassis, orange oil and white pepper. The 2014 vintage earned best of class last fall at the 2017 Platinum Judging for Wine Press Northwest, and this seems headed along a

Red Mountain in the Eastern Yakima Valley is covered with red wine vines, including these in Red Heaven Vineyard. Photo courtesy of Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine

similar track. Henry Earl Estates 2015 Merlot, Red Mountain, $38: Decorated vineyard manager Marshall Edwards, this year’s Honorary Grower for the Auction of Washington Wines, lords over the vines on the upper reach of Red Mountain for Dick

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and Wendy Shaw. Their wine club in Walla Walla gets first crack at these wines, and this is about to become available. A blend of Shaw and Obelisco vineyards, it’s loaded with black cherry, plum and chocolaty notes. Nicely managed tannins and blueberry acidity make for a finish that’s youthful and juicy. Plain Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35: Using grapes from Dick Shaw’s vineyard on Red Mountain, this top North Central Washington producer has crafted a beautiful Cab with aromas of spices, black cherry, blackberry and raspberry. It’s a luscious wine with surprisingly smooth tannins that lead to a long, memorable finish. It won a gold medal and best in class at the 2017 Wenatchee Wine Awards. Tapteil Vineyard Winery 2015 Estate Grenache, Red

Mountain, $38: Larry Pearson grows some of Red Mountain’s best fruit for a number of the Northwest’s top winemakers, but he doesn’t sell all of his prime grapes. Grenache is a recent addition at Tapteil, which Pearson began to transform from a campsite into vineyard back in 1985, and he continues to prove Red Mountain’s versatility with this, which opens with aromas of cherry juice, dusty herbs and a freshly opened bag of Strawberry Twizzlers. Canvasback Wine 2014 Grand Passage Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $80: Duckhorn’s Longwinds plantings above Col Solare on Red Mountain were just getting started when Brian Rudin selected his top 10 barrels for this reserve program. Fruit from the Williams family of Kiona fame, as well as historic Klipsun and emerging Quintessence vineyards, has contributed

to Canvasback along the way, and the warm 2014 vintage allowed vineyard manager Dick Boushey to get both the Cabernet Sauvignon (80 percent) and Merlot (20 percent) off by Sept. 30. Murray 2014 Syrah, Red Mountain, $25: When Tim and Kelly Hightower first planted on Red Mountain in 2005, they began with the five primary Bordeaux varieties. Not long after, Tim’s mother, Jackie moved nearby and planted 2 acres of Syrah and few vines of Viognier. So this co-fermented Syrah from J Hightower Vineyard fits alongside Hightower Cellar’s sister label that serves as a living tribute to their late four-legged companion, Murray. This Syrah is a remarkable collection of savory and leather notes backed by ample fruit such as blackberry, elderberry and dark cherry. Palencia Wine Co. 2013 El Viñador Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $50: Victor Palencia’s reserve-style wines are created as a tribute to his father, David, who is symbolized on the label with a shovel and the name El Viñador, which translates to “winegrower.” The fruit source for this prized Cab off Red Mountain is off Shaw Vineyards, owned by Victor’s longtime supporter Dick Shaw. Engaging aromas of strawberry jam, cassis and Sugarfina Finnska Red licorice include baking spices and vanilla from the 26 months in French oak. Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman run Great Northwest Wine, an award-winning media company. Learn more about wine at www.gratnorthwestwine.com.

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BELLEVUE JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL TO FEATURE 40 PERFORMANCES From May 30 to June 3, the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) will bring together top regional and international talent to Downtown Bellevue at the 11th Annual Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival. Featured artists Deva Mahal and Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio will perform at the Meydenbauer Centre Theatre and other top talent will be showcased at various venues across Downtown Bellevue. The festival kicks off on Wednesday, May 30th with local Latin band Carlos Cascante Y Su Tumbao featured at Bake’s Place; The Darelle Holden Quartet plays at Bake’s Place on Thursday, May 31st.Resonance at SOMA will host two shows on Thursday, May 31st featuring legendary singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers with the Full Circle Jazz Band. Tickets for Meydenbauer Center Theatre headliners are available at bellevuedowntown.com via Brown Paper Tickets. Reservations for Bake’s Place performances are available at bakesplacebellevue.com and tickets for Resonance at SOMA Towers at resonance.events. Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival featured artists: Deva Mahal 7 p.m. Friday, June 1 | Meydenbauer Center Theatre | $25 (Students $15)

A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song “Never Let You Go” on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound; Deva’s particular brand embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Deva has performed onstage alongside such legends as Etta James, Dianne Reeves, The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper, and made her acting debut in the Academy Award nominated film American Hustle. Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2 | Meydenbauer Center Theatre | $25 (Students $15) Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a

riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Carlos Cascante Y Su Tumbao 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 | Bake’s Place | $18 Active member of the acclaimed Spanish Harlem Orchestra, master crooner Carlos Cascante will perform with his Tumbao, covering traditional salsa, modern timba, Latin jazz, and Brazilian music. This Latin sextet includes Julio Jauregui on piano, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, Dean Schmidt on bass, and Jeff Busch on drums. The Darelle Holden Quartet 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31 | Bake’s Place | $18 Darelle Holden is a silky smooth songstress with deep musicality. Pop Diva, R&B Powerhouse, and Jazz Siren all apply to her unique and diverse vocal styling. Darelle toured Internationally for 17 years with superstar Sir Tom Jones, ala, “20 Feet from Stardom” and along with her constant touring schedule she’s made countless appearances on Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and the list goes on. Curtis Stigers with the Full Circle Jazz Band 6:30 & 8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 31 | Resonance at SOMA

Towers | $50 Enjoy old-school pop and big band jazz with singer, songwriter and saxophonist, Curtis Stigers, with Seattle-based, Full Circle Jazz Band. Experience an up close and personal, intimate and exclusive performance of this world-class performer with a full 17-piece big band. Stigers’ smooth, ballad-heavy blend of soul and rock (along with touches of nearly every other genre one could call to mind) has enthralled audiences since the early 90s. The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival was first held in 2008. Since then it has continued to attract national talent and diverse audiences while also showcasing regional talent. Headlining artists are selected in collaboration with John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz. Past featured artists include Branford Marsalis, Booker T. Jones, Shemekia Copeland, Poncho Sanchez, Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd, Catherine Russell, Terence Blanchard, Hubert Laws, Mingus Big Band, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The event was renamed the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival in 2015. The 11th Annual Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival is produced by the Bellevue

Downtown Association, a non-profit membership organization with a mission to strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of Downtown Bellevue. This year’s festival is supported by the following sponsors and partners: City of Bellevue, Microsoft, Washington Federal, 4Culture, KNKX, 425 Magazine, Bellevue Reporter, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue High School Bands, Eastside Jazz Club &Gravity Creative. More information about the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival can be found online at bellevuedowntown.com/events/ jazz-and-blues-festival. Eastside Scene content curated by Scene Editor Raechel Dawson


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