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.

Weekly Artist Heart Circle begins LIVE on Insight Timer

By |2022-02-14T09:02:14-05:00February 14th, 2022|Guided Meditation, Key Dates, News & Events|

Artists, let's find the gold in our experience! I'll be hosting a Weekly Artist Heart Circle on Insight Timer beginning on Tuesday, February 15 at 3:00p EST. Each week I offer a theme from the artist's life, riff on it and guide a meditation. Topics include: community, space of our own, feeding the muse, true worth, reinvention, loss & mourning, fear as fuel, [...]

LIVE EVENT: New Year’s Global Artist Heart Circle

By |2022-01-28T13:41:09-05:00January 30th, 2022|Guided Meditation, Key Dates, News & Events|

Greetings Artists! I'll be hosting my second Live Event on Insight Timer:  New Year's Global Artist Heart Circle will take place on Sunday, January 30 at 12:00EST.For those of you as yet unfamiliar with Insight Timer, it's a popular app for meditators, seekers and adventurers of all stripes to which I've been subscribed as a student and teacher/publisher for 4 years [...]

Deutschlandlied – Hatikvah

By |2022-01-28T13:34:49-05:00January 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 again, [...]

LIVE EVENT: New Year’s Global Artist Heart Circle

By |2022-01-28T13:39:57-05:00January 10th, 2022|Guided Meditation, Key Dates, News & Events|

Greetings Artists! I'm stoked to be hosting my first Live Event on Insight Timer:  New Year's Global Artist Heart Circle will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 2:30EST. For those of you as yet unfamiliar with Insight Timer, it's a popular app for meditators, seekers and adventurers of all stripes to which I've been subscribed as a student [...]

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 |2021-12-08T17:34:23-05:00December 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. ~ [...]

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 |2020-11-21T19:08:52-05:00November 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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