Celebrating 25 years as a professional singer. Feeling so grateful! The muse is dancing and Gaia is singing through me. Have My Heart (music/lyrics: Karen Kohler)
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 [...]
LUCKY GRAIL Oh mended bone Oh key, oh throne Oh sprawling land of in-betweens Of yeses and of might-have-beens At decade's end I raise my glass You were a kicker in the ass I wipe the curses from my brow You know I loved you anyhow And from the threshold of regret I say, screw you, I'm not through [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Every year around this time, I glance from my Brooklyn rooftop at night to see the blue spears of light emanating from lower Manhattan. Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9-11, I locate the journal entry I wrote the day after the attacks. This bit of prose was later published in a collaborative book project benefitting the 9-11 Fund. [...]
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.
On May 21, 2018, Karen and Robert (Fin and Mac) celebrate 35 years of friendship (and 30 of them married), having met as college students on Long Island. To commemorate the event and to support the cosmic vision of painters Alex and Allyson Grey, the Kohlers sat for Alex at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappinger Falls, NY. [...]
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.