Tampa Bay Instrument: Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Most Winds
Kimi was born in Tampa, FL and graduated from Homestead Senior High School in Homestead, FL. Afterwards, she was accepted at the University of South Florida where she is studying paleoanthropology.
Started Music Career:
She began playing piano at the age of 5 under the instruction of her mother. But she traded it for ballet and eventually other athletic activities. When she turned 12, Kimi joined the concert band in middle school. She played the clarinet and other wind instruments including the euphonium and the bassoon in the concert, marching, jazz, and theater ensembles available to her at school.
Kimi is currently in her senior year of her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of South Florida.
Area of Focus:
Performance, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory, Rhythm, Sound Engineering, Stage Management.
Favorite aspect of teaching:
She enjoys the process of teaching because she gets to learn about all the ways in which different people understand music. In turn, this makes her a more relatable writer and performer.
After high school graduation, Kimi once again traded music for dance. By contrast, she was drawn to salsa, bachata, cha cha cha, and other Latin styles. Finally, in 2011 (at 21 years of age), Kimi began learning to sing and play ukulele, then guitar. Plus, she revisited the piano which has become a staple alongside her acoustic guitar in her live performances. In addition to teaching, she now performs around the Tampa Bay Area professionally. Kimi can be spotted performing at large venues like the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Tampa) and Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater). Other times, Kimi can be found singing and playing at smaller local favorites like Hula Bay Club (South Tampa) and the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk (Downtown Tampa).