All Photos By Shervin Lainez


All Photos By Shervin Lainez

Violinist, singer-producer KYLIAN approaches pop music with the fervor of a hedonist and the devotion of a priest. Drawing equally upon orchestral and electronic influences, her music pulsates with generous swaths of layered horns, synths and strings shimmering over emphatic, primal beats and the delicate urgency of her voice; her songs are richly embellished and vivid with longing.

Though she began her classical violin studies at the age of six, it was always the wildness and mystery of the natural world that captivated her attention. Pouring over her parents' Natural Geographic collection and trekking though the woods around her childhood home in rural Tennessee, KYLIAN decided early on that music would serve primarily as a vehicle for adventure. Guided by that intentionher musical versatility afforded opportunities to perform opera in Italy, tour Pakistan with a string quartet and Germany with a Bollywood Circus, and cultivate an active career as a studio musician and performer in New York, working with Chairlift, Lady Lamb, Wet, and The Album Leaf, among many others.

It wasn't until a masterclass with contemporary classical/electronic violinist Todd Reynolds (Meredith Monk, Steve Reich), however, that KYLIAN was introduced to the expressive possibilities of electronic production, and turned her focus towards creating sounds that evoked the primordial landscapes of her childhood obsession.

The process of making her debut EP We Are Ready was guided by grammy-winning engineer Jeremy Loucas (Esperanza Spalding, Lulu Gainsbourg, Xenia Rubinos), who introduced her to the wonderful world of analogue synthesis. While working on her record, KYLIAN has been performing and arranging the material for a range of live configurations and settings, working with an eight-piece brass band in NYC and performing songs  from We Are Ready at a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheater show in May.