Who is KiNo?


Poet of Sound and Image

KiNo is the Poet of Sound and Image, 21st century’s cultural and spiritual rebel. His multi-dimensional expression encompasses music, cinema and literature with a distinct singularity of authorship in all aspects of the work’s production.

His musical nature took hold of him at the age of 6 while making songs only on the black keys of the family organ. In his teens, his use of video camera and VCR recorder led him to grasp the technical aspects of filmmaking.

After graduating from University of Middlesex with Film Studies and Art History Honours KiNo arrived in New York where he developed his artistic vision under the wings of his mentor-producer Jeff Blenkinsopp – a long term Pink Floyd collaborator, VangelisThe SweetSecret Machines.

Inventor of custom analogue machines, Blenkinsopp produced KiNo’s debut album Map of the Universe. He built a one of a kind live processing rig for KiNo’s shows.

Legendary musicians such as electronic music pioneer Malcolm Cecil (Producer of Stevie WonderGil Scott Heron and the inventor of the world’s largest synth Tonto) as well as Andy Rourke (Bassist of The Smiths) has joined KiNo for live performances.

Consisting of a vast array of influences from progressive rock to disco, punk to classical music, KiNo’s songs are crafted for his distinct voice and features adventurous forms while maintaining a highly melodic aesthetic.

According to KiNo each song is a person, a sequence or a situation in filmic terms. They are the building blocks to manifest the crucial aspects of his character as 9 (pronounced: ‘Number Nine’); the child-core of the poet — the self within the self that refuses to be bound by impure constructs of the world, i.e., nationality, language, class, religion, economy, etc.

KiNo’s first entry to the film festival circuit was with a special showcase of the film-song Cast a Pall of Win (2013) at the International Lucerne Film Festival in Switzerland.

The winner of Best Cinematography award at the International Thessaloniki Short Film Festival, Film Istanbul (2014) features Jane Birkin and Ilhan Ersahin (Nublu) with a poetic vignette of Istanbul’s modern and ancient spirit.

With Youth (2014), the concept single, KiNo highlighted the power behind the recent global unrest and protests, representing it as the only state of mind capable of change.

Currently on tour, Poet of Sound and Image (2015) is KiNo’s first feature film with live musical presentation. Drawing from fundamental aspects of the human psyche in relation to reality created by image, sound and words, the film communicates KiNo’s visionary universe with an ambition to educate.

Up until now, the poet has published two books; Barb Concerto (2003) and Intermittent Lunacy (2012).

His biggest ambition is to launch a foundation that educates underprivileged children with the works of art and music.

KiNo is based in New York City and lives in Roma and Los Angeles.

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