Photos courtesy John Skewes
Carand Burnet — Guitar
Ian DeCelli — Bass
Jake Remignanti — Drums
Kioea (pronounced key-o-e-ah) is an instrumental band based in Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast Region. Founded in 2019 by bandleader and guitarist Carand Burnet (pronounced care-and burn-it), Kioea is supported by Ian DeCelli on bass and Jake Remignanti on drums. The trio blends surf rock, psychedelic music, and global influences to craft expansive instrumentals. Kioea’s debut EP has been selected as a “New & Notable” release by Bandcamp. They have performed at 3S Artspace, The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, The Thing in the Spring Music Festival in Keene, NH, and have been featured on WMUR’s Summer Concert Series.
“Dazzling guitar work forms the centerpiece of the new EP from Kioea, featuring exploratory songs that hold a tight grip.”
– J. Edward Keyes, Bandcamp
Founded in 2019 by electric guitarist Carand Burnet (she/her), Kioea is named after a Hawaiian word that means “Stand Tall.” Kioea (pronounced key-o-e-ah / key-oh-ee-ah) blends surf rock with characteristics of psychedelia and global influences. Kioea is supported by Ian DeCelli on bass and Jake Remignanti on drums. The trio’s performances feature complex guitar solos combined with surf rock’s energetic speed. Kioea has performed at venues including The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, and was featured on WMUR’s Summer Concert Series. Kioea’s debut EP was released in May 2022.
Burnet’s artistic practice begins when she records guitar chords into a loop pedal or cassette machine and make a backing track. Burnet plays the track and overlay notes. Her 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.
Burnet hopes to use her music to be a role model for female, non-binary, and other musicians who do not fit the mold. 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, 23% of musicians were women and 2% were female producers. Additionally, less than 25% of songs streamed on platforms like Spotify are by women and non-conforming musicians. Burnet hopes to use her music as a way to empower all musicians, regardless of their identity.