The vocal/guitar duo K&Neo pairs Kay- a stunning natural-born vocalist with Neo - a masterful guitarist. Since 1999, they have captivated listeners with their versions of some of the greatest songs from the 70s and 80s along with strong original material. Their perfect balance between flawless technique and raw emotion has built a deep-rooted cult following in Japan.
The duo was originally called FAKiE (named for a boardsport technique: fakie is riding a skateboard backwards without changing one's stance). The name/technique also aptly discribes the duo's musical style as they can switch from acoustic to electric and vice versa without changing the essence of their unique sound. The duo changed its name to K&Neo in 2008.
The combination of nylon-string guitar and the female voice might give one the impression of a soft, mellow, jazzy sound. But after just one listen to their music you will realize thats not the case; the duo's blend of rock, jazz and funk, sprinkled with a touch of Japanese flavor, gives them a sound that is at the same time both powerful and smooth, jubilant and melancholic.
The duo released a six-track CD, FAKiE, in 2000. The release was followed by live performances across Japan from jazz clubs to concert halls and convention centers. 2004 saw the release of their first full-length CD, Timeless, which was hailed by music fans and critics alike for its high quality sound and stellar performances. To The Limit, their second full-length album, released in 2006, was recorded live in studio using the one-bit digital recording system developed by Sharp Electric Corporation. This technique boasts a clearer, finer, and wider sound range than the conventional multi-bit system. And as the music was recorded live, every track was done in one take (without the punch-in technique that allows one to record certain parts of the song repeatedly until they have the right sound).
In August 2006 FAKiE performed at "Imperial Jazz Complex" at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. They rode the momentum of that performance into a nationwide tour which commenced in November. The tour included stops in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka, as well as dozens of appearances on national radio programs and TV shows.
In 2008 they changed its name to K&Neo.
K&Neo were honored by being the first group to perform in Acoustic Candle Nights, a dinner show series presented by the Kitano New York that began on September 10th, 2010. That was followed by an appearance at Nublu and regular sold-out concerts at Zinc Bar.
In April 2011 K&Neo's version of "Summertime" which recorded in CD "Timeless" has been featured in UNIQLO Clothing's International TV Advertising campaign in Japan also Korea.