Facts and Funbits
Karen is a southern alberta girl from a farm north of Picture Butte called Porkka's Corner. Her family moved to Lethbridge when she was 8 but she continued to have the best of city and farm life for many years. Nature has always influenced her life and her music. Nurtured by a diverse family record collection and school music programs, she grew up a self professed "band geek", influenced by all kinds of music... Classical, Big Band, World, RnB, Jazz and Folk. Fast forward many years later she brings all those influences together in her writing and recording with several projects. Snippits from each project are heard be heard on the website.
Karen is an active member of the Edmonton music community. She teaches in her home studio offering lessons in voice, saxophone, songwriting, theory and improvisation.
Karen also received certification as a holistic health practitioner, focusing her studies on Sound, Breath and Body awareness utilizing various techniques that are helpful for students and anyone else wishing to learn ways to release tension, rejuvinate and become more in tune with themselves.
Karen has had the honour of playing with some of Edmonton's finest musicians and artists. Mo Lefever, Jamie Philp, Thom Golub, Thom Bennett, George Koufogiannkis, Ron Ceilin, John Neelin, Rhonda Withnell, Anna Beaumont, Peter Belec, Bob Tildesley, Kevin Parkinson, Dwayne Hrynkiw, Brett Miles, Mile Zero Dance, Amber Borotsik, Gord Graber, JC Jones, Troy Nowaselski, Arts on the Ave, Mark Klemm, Bill Richards, Don Ehret, Farley Scott, Stefan Kijek, Garth Prince, Carrie Day and more. Karen was also part of the music ministry team at the Centre for Spiritual Living for 5 years.
Improvisation is Karen's wheelhouse. Inspired by her work with local musicians and dancers she pursued training with Vocal Improvisation Master Bobby McFerrin and members of his Voicestra, Joey Blake, David Worm and Rhiannon with whom she completed a year long intensive training plus a year of internship as an assistant with 16 singers from around the world. She now brings this love and depth of experience to the Improvisation Network of Edmonton or V.I.N.E. Choir offering weekly classes, workshops and artist collaborations with other musicians, visual artists, film makers and dancers.