Kayla Briët is a 21 year old composer, filmmaker and virtual reality artist exploring themes of identity in multiple mediums of storytelling. She became fascinated with creating soundscapes at a young age and draws from elements of traditional folk, electronic, synth pop, and cinematic worlds; singing tales of love, loss, and finding home. Through intimate live performances, she shares stories using voice, keyboard, guitar, guzheng zither (a traditional Chinese instrument), and live looping. Her Prairie Band Potawatomi/Neshnabe, Chinese, and Dutch-Indonesian roots deeply inspire her in both music & film. Her award-winning short documentary, "Smoke That Travels", immerses viewers in her native Prairie Band Potawatomi heritage and explores fears that her culture may someday be forgotten. This film has screened and won awards at over 45 festivals internationally, including Sundance, MoMA NYC, The US Embassy, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC where the film is now archived. In 2017, she was invited to give her first TED talk as a 2017 TED Fellow. Currently, she's scoring independent films, directing experimental projects in 360 & VR, and producing her EP to debut in 2018.
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