Carand Burnet (she/her) is the leader and guitarist of the band named Kioea. Founded in 2019, Kioea is named after a Hawaiian word that means “Stand Tall.” Kioea blends surf rock with characteristics of psychedelia, jazz, and global influences. Burnet’s performances feature surf rock’s energetic speed combined with complex guitar solos. Kioea has played at venues across New England including The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, and was featured on WMUR’s Summer Concert Series. Kioea’s self-titled EP has been named a “New and Notable Release,” by Bandcamp (5/7/22).

Burnet also performs under the alias Angel Lake and released her solo album Sound Altar in 2021. Her song “Amber,” was featured on 92.5 FM The River’s Homegrown Music Showcase.


Music

Kioea – Kioea EP – Forthcoming 5/6/22

Angel Lake – Sound Altar

Little Coo – Little Coo

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Expanded Bio


Carand Burnet (she/her) is the leader and guitarist of the band named Kioea. Founded in 2019, Kioea is named after a Hawaiian word that means “Stand Tall.” Kioea blends surf rock with characteristics of psychedelia, jazz, and global influences. Burnet’s performances feature complex guitar solos combined with surf rock’s energetic speed. Kioea has played at venues across New England including The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, and was featured on WMUR’s Summer Concert Series. Kioea’s debut self-titled EP is slated for release May 6th 2022 and has been named a “New and Notable Release,” by Bandcamp (5/7/22).

Burnet also performs solo under the project name Angel Lake and uses the guitar, electric sitar, and keyboard to compose songs reminiscent of indie, surf, and ambient music. She self-released her solo album Sound Altar in 2021. Her song “Amber,” was featured on 92.5 FM The River’s Homegrown Music Showcase.

Burnet’s artistic practice begins when she records guitar chords into a loop pedal or cassette machine and creates a rhythm backing track. She plays the track and overlay harmonies using the guitar and digital effects. Burnet’s goal is to create a guitar melody acting like the voice singing each song. When satisfied with the structure, Burnet brings the composition to her bandmates. Together they work out the dynamics and groove.

As a bandleader, Burnet aspires to be a role model for young women and nonbinary musicians seeking out leadership roles in music-making.  A 2018 study by Fender shows that half of the new guitar purchases are by women who are “aspirational players,” yet the professional industry shows otherwise. In the 2019 Billboard 100, only 23% of musicians were women and 2% were female producers. Kioea is a call to action to embrace gender inclusiveness in the field of guitar playing.