Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Music & Performance

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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Composer and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith gives a special, intimate performance inside the galleries, in conjunction with the Hammer’s installation of Rita McBride: Particulates. Smith is known for her luminous, ethereal synthesizer compositions on albums including Euclid (2015), The Kid (2017) and most recently Let’s Turn It Into Sound, released last year on Ghostly International.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a classically trained composer, performer, and producer from the Pacific Northwest. Her music is a form of auditory interpretation, powered by curiosity and her toolkit of modular, analogue, and rare synthesizers (including her signature Buchla), orchestral textures, and voice. Since her first self-releases in 2012, she has explored the endless possibilities of electronic instruments and the relationship between sound, shape, color, body movement, and expression. Spanning releases on Western Vinyl, RVNG Intl., Ghostly International, and her own multidisciplinary project, Touchtheplants, her work has drawn acclaim from all reaches of the experimental music world, including NPR, The New York Times, The Wire, and Rolling Stone. The latter named Smith's 2017 LP The Kid their avant-garde album of the year. Her collaborations include projects with Danny Elfman, Emile Mosseri, Suzanne Ciani, and commissions for Apple, BBC Orchestra, Epcot Center, Google, and others. With Let's Turn It Into Sound, her latest album on Ghostly, Smith moves through vibrant avant-pop and neoclassical songcraft, expressing a feeling that words alone cannot.


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