About Karen Kohler

Karen Kohler is a story singer, writer, guide and community builder. She emigrated from Germany to Long Island as a child, the daughter of an airline executive. After completing her BA in international studies and music at the University of Arizona, she spent her early adulthood in Texas where, in 1999, she gave up a top position with a Fortune 500 company to follow the call to singing. Karen leads the European cabaret arts in New York City as singer, director, ensemble leader and historian. She performs in cabarets, concert halls, festivals, consulates and embassies worldwide, crossbreeding a range of theatrical and musical styles - from jazz and Delta blues to classical, rock-folk and cabaret. She guides a diversity of artists in fulfilling their creative calling and lectures at the university level on the European roots of small stage performance art. Karen fuels her unconventional life in art and love (she stays married to her college sweetheart) with intemperate adventures and travels. A passionate writer and blogger, she recently publishing her prose and poetry on her blog, RudeWoke. Visit www.karenkohler.com for info on concerts, workshops and events.

Science of Consciousness Conference (Presenter)

By |2022-08-02T14:03:34-04:00April 20th, 2022|Key Dates, News & Events, Performance Art, Public Speaking|

I'm honored to present my monologue, "Songs, Psychedelics and Seizures: A One-Woman Flow" at the Science of Consciousness Conference 2022. Sponsored by the University of Arizona in Tucson (my alma mater), this year's program includes such consciousness studies leaders as Roger Penrose, Dennis McKenna, Robin Carhart-Harris, Katrin Preller, Christof Koch, Elizabeth Krasnoff and Deepak Chopra. I've chosen a topic, Flow, [...]

Modeling for Takarazzi & Mieko Mintz

By |2022-08-02T14:01:07-04:00March 1st, 2022|News & Events|

It's always been my pleasure to model for Japanese-born photographer Takako Suzuki Harkness whom I first met when she was snapping shots of our nightlife scene of New York City and offering her unique perspective and careful eye for the details. Now she teams with Japanese fashion designer Mieko Mintz to showcase Mintz' unique designs and I was again [...]

At Home in the Transition

By |2022-07-18T17:04:03-04:00January 29th, 2022|Guided Meditation, News & Events|

Welcome to my newest guided meditation, At Home in the Transition. Home is in-born, it's instinct. It's a place, a memory, a feeling, a whiff of belonging that can grow into a real longing for one's own, for one's people, for people period. Inside this pandemic, we haven't had the reflections of the "home" that's inside us and that [...]

Deutschlandlied – Hatikvah

By |2022-07-15T16:54:01-04:00January 27th, 2022|Singing, Stagecraft|

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, Noa Levy and I offer Deutschlandlied-Hatikvah, our reimagining of the German and Israeli National Anthems performed acapella as the closing piece of our show "The Home I Love." Our concert was sponsored by the German Consulate of San Francisco and presented at Temple Emanuel-El on June 7, 2017. One day we'll sing it live for you [...]

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

By |2021-12-30T10:42:36-05:00December 30th, 2021|News & Events, Singing, Stagecraft|

As a new year dawns, I share with you this sentiment which is as true as ever and boy do I love singing it! There's a change in the weather, a change in the sea From now on there'll be a change in me My walk will be different, my talk and my name Nuthin' about me is goin' [...]

The Rudewoke Sessions with author James Gavin

By |2022-06-27T12:54:55-04:00December 8th, 2021|News & Events, Rudewoke Podcast|

Having chosen this path, we get kicked in the stomach on a regular basis. It's just the way it is when you take the chance of asking for something where you may be turned down or coldly rejected. If we didn't know what those things felt like, then your singing and my writing wouldn't be worth very much. ~ [...]

During a Snowstorm

By |2022-07-24T13:49:24-04:00February 1st, 2021|Prose & Poetry, Writing|

DURING A SNOWSTORM Time moves in from all sides and vanishes, The Then, the When in motion from here to there. Like shards of Light that penetrate The Darkness and give it breadth, Time punctuates the middle ground into which The All condenses as snowflakes dancing Directionless yet still directed. ~ Karen Kohler

Pray It Open

By |2020-12-25T15:37:43-05:00December 25th, 2020|Guided Meditation, News & Events|

Welcome to my newest guided meditation, Pray It Open. We've come again to the still point of a turning world. Another year, season, chapter, era ending. This has been a year of bewilderment and awe owing to a mysterious visitor and the new reality it has brought with it. Knowing that we share this experience globally is freeing. There [...]

The Rudewoke Sessions with Broadway star, Luba Mason

By |2022-06-27T12:57:52-04:00November 20th, 2020|News & Events, Rudewoke Podcast|

The simpler things get, the deeper you can dive into them. ~ Luba Mason This time on The RudeWoke Sessions, I welcome American singer, actress, musician and songwriter, Luba Mason, as my guest. We recorded our inspiring chat on October 29, 2020 in Manhattan just a week before the release of her third solo album, Triangle. I hope [...]

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