DAS KABARETT is the title of Karen’s first album and cabaret act, begun with pianist Larry Greenawalt in 1994. The project covers the extensive and varied repertoire the duo drew from the European cabaret tradition, along with a generous smattering of seldom-heard American pop of the 20s, 30s and 40s.
When Karen set out to develop a cabaret act, she intentionally side-stepped much of what had become standard fare in American cabaret circles, focussing on more historical forms identified with the birthplace of cabaret, Europe.
Over the years, audiences have received these songs as a revelation, and their enthusiasm has prompted Karen to become a student of the era, its performers and composers. Das Kabarett includes contributions by Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Louiguy, Edith Piaf, Mischa Spoliansky, Marcellus Schiffer and the Boswell Sisters.