Karen

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.

I Sing You A Song Of Winter

By |2020-03-18T16:58:57-04:00March 18th, 2020|Prose & Poetry|

I SING YOU A SONG OF WINTERI sing you a song of winter.Of withdrawal and retreat.The seeds that we planted in the fall are frozen in the earth.Safe from the winds that would scatter and destroy them.The path is deepening.What stays, what goes.What falls off in decay of the old, tired way.What needs the tug of heartbreak to get it [...]

Kim David Smith’s “A Wery Weimar Christmas”

By |2020-03-18T16:57:00-04:00December 16th, 2019|Key Dates, News & Events|

On Monday, DECEMBER 16, 2019, Kim David Smith and pianist Tracy Stark returned to Club Cumming in the East Village with a holiday treat, "A Wery Weimar Christmas." Yours Truly made a guest appearance! "His Weimar mother, muse & chanteuse Karen Kohler brought the house down with laughter singing Surabaya Santa - a paean to the trials of being [...]

You in the Key of Mastery (new coaching for a new decade)

By |2019-11-13T13:02:04-05:00October 7th, 2019|Life Arts, News & Events, Stagecraft|

Dear Creatives and Artists of Life! To usher out this decade and welcome a new one, I'm offering a complementary 30-minute consultation and new pricing to private students of my methodology in Stagekraft and Lifekraft.  Join me in my Brooklyn studio or via Skype, and together we'll tailor a curriculum that meets your needs and goals for this new [...]

Everything’s Coming Up Karens

By |2019-10-07T11:35:26-04:00January 25th, 2019|Key Dates, News & Events|

On January 25, 2019 Everything's Coming Up Karens debuts at the Beach Cafe, bringing together four distinctly different Karens of cabaret for an eclectic night of song, story and comedy at the Beach Cafe. Alongside Karen K are Karen Oberlin, Karen Mack and Karen Gross with Ted Firth on piano to tie it all together.

Crown Connection

By |2019-08-22T12:53:05-04:00April 28th, 2018|Key Dates, News & Events|

In May 2016, Karen founds the international sisterhood Crown, a collective of colleagues and friends in their peak years. To mark the group's second anniversary, Karen organizes the inaugural Crown Circle, a dialogue between youth and elder women, on April 28, 2018 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC.