Swaha! Studios is delighted to welcome Tracy Kim to its growing team of music teachers. Tracy is one of the most in-demand guitarists and teachers in the Pacific Northwest. He studied music composition and jazz guitar at the University of Oregon where he received his degree in music. Since then he has put his guitar virtuosity to work on a wide range of projects. Locally, he can be seen shredding with Portland’s favorite Gypsy Jazz ensembles, The Kung Pao Chickens. Tracy also can be caught backing up many of NW’s popular singer songwriters, such as McKinley, Pete Krebs, etc. He also performs and co-leads dark folk music with his band Common Starling. He co-wrote MTV’s Teen Mom “Get Away” with McKinley, and the song “Deep,” which was featured in NBC’s “Life” episode #109. He also co-wrote all songs and produced Muriel Stanton’s cd, “The Way You Love Me.” He composed and produced the score for the films, “Devil’s in My Coffee” and “The Good Lot.” He wrote the music for the TV commercials, “Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop” and “GC” and he wrote the music for the multi-media/modern dance performance, “Edgar Stories,” a modern ballet commissioned by Dance Theater of Oregon.
Tracy’s passion for the guitar comes through when he says, “I grew up in a house filled with music. From a young age, I would be either listening to my mom play the piano or I would be blasting records. I couldn’t get music out of my head. I got my first guitar when I was eight years old and have had a love affair with it ever since. I can’t imagine living without it.”