Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is an American composer, performer and producer, originally from Orcas Island, Washington.
Throughout her youth, Smith experimented with various instruments before a chance encounter with the Buchla 100 synthesizer – an instrument that instantly reoriented her musical sensibilities and put her on the path towards global recognition. By combining the organic elements of her upbringing with the deep technological skill gained from her studies at Berklee College of Music, Smith’s impact on modern music via the Buchla has been distinct and significant.
Smith’s upward trajectory has been cemented with the release of acclaimed full-length albums, including the Western Vinyl releases Euclid in 2015, EARS the following year, and most recently The Kid. Similarly her collaborations, such as Sunergy with new age pioneer Suzanne Ciani, have earned numerous best-of nods from Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and SPIN. Beside touring worldwide, she regularly scores film, TV shows and spots for brands with a client list including Google, Reggie Watts, Ben Dickinson's short film Brasilia, and a forthcoming movie produced by the Duplass brothers.
Kaitlyn is particularly concerned with the act of listening and how this shapes both the creation and perception of music. At Loop, she will share her insights on the art of listening, as well as her approach to overcoming creative blocks in the studio. She will also perform live on stage at the Montalban Theatre.