Kayce Guthmiller is a violist, songwriter, and improviser native of Boise, Idaho. Currently based in Seattle, WA, they graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2021. There they explored unlearning the restraint of their classical training and embraced experimentation and intuitive composing, looking up to artists such as Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes, and Joni Mitchell. Kayce was featured on Chris Thile’s Live From Here in 2020 and wrote, produced, and self-released their debut album in the solitude 2021, "the slow." Recorded with home studio equipment, a viola, and five days alone in an Airbnb on Whidbey Island, the album eased into being as a sparse, nostalgic homage to memory, the wounds of childhood, isolation, and the sweetness of connection and recalling home. The arrangements make use of field recording, lush string textures, big drums, and lyrics that hide little.