Kim Acuna's music is a rich complex blend of original alternative pop-rock, blues, jazz, and an occasional splash of Latin. Her deep, rich vocals and insightful lyrics combine with an articulate, rhythmic guitar style to produce a unique, full bodied sound- a seductive musical experience - that resonates with audiences long after the performance. Kim's charismatic talent captures audiences everywhere she plays, with a voice said to be reminiscent of k.d. lang and a unique guitar style that brings other guitarists, in awe, to the front row of her shows for a closer look.
Appealing to a broad audience she can easily be considered a "crossover" performer appealing to the Adult Contemporary, Triple A, Rock, Pop, and Blues, categories. Whether performing solo with an acoustic guitar, or backed by a band her music is injected with an energy and spirit that resists industry labels.
Kim has always been a tinkerer. As a child she snuck into her father's music closet packed with instruments. She experimented with all of them, trying different, unexpected ways to produce tones with each instrument until she eventually fell in love with the guitar - and its vast potential for creating unique sounds she could call her own.
How does she get that sound? One of the most unique aspects about Kim Acuna is her ability to create the depth and range of a piano on her guitar using modified capos and creative tunings. For her audience, this translates into uncommon harmonies, visually engaging performances, and "a rich sense of the transaction between performer and listener".
Today, Kim's performances are about much more than playing the guitar. They're about communicating emotion, bringing an idea to life and sharing it. Audiences can always count on something fresh and powerful.
"I want to bring the listener into that special place where it's just my guitar and me alone in a room having a new song pour through me. This is the most vulnerable, most wonderful place; it is an elusive place that can't be made to happen- it is allowed to happen. My work is not to perform or act, it is to "be" - that is when there are no bounds, no time, no critics; just flowing creativity, free evolving, ever changing, and not about me. This is the gift of music."
In addition to her own work, Kim is an active songwriters' advocate. She founded the Alaska Performing Songwriters Group and teaches workshops on songwriting, self-promotion, The Art of Performance, and guitar techniques - featuring the making and using modified capos, and the use of open tunings. Kim has produced and recorded a number of local artists on their recording projects in her home studio and local studios as well.
Kim Acuna's debut CD was released fall 2002, it had been so eagerly
anticipated by local DJs that at least one Adult Contemporary station
in Anchorage started playing her demo CD, and now airs cuts from Shadows
regularly. Local fans were so anxious for the release that a pre-release
signed and numbered edition of 100 CD's sold within one week, and CD
number one of one hundred was auctioned off for $1000.00 as a fundraiser.
Now that's excitement.
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