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Karen Kohler

Born in Germany, raised in New York and a Texan for 15 years, the iconoclastic Kohler has won all three major New York cabaret awards – Nightlife, MAC and Backstage Bistro - and has performed in cabarets, concert halls, consulates and embassies across the U.S. and in Europe, England, Australia, India and the Caribbean. Known for bridging distinctly different sensibilities and songbooks, she is the founder of the award-winning Kabarett Kollektif, an ensemble devoted to European cabaret in its many forms, as well as the founding producer of Kabarett Fête, a widely praised and award-winning festival that debuted in 2007 and immersed audiences in a breathtaking habitat of international styles. That same year she astounded audiences at Carnegie Hall with her centennial tribute to American jazz legend Connee Boswell.

In 2008, Karen debuted her one-woman Off-Broadway show, Little Death: Songs of Coming and Going, crossbreeding a decadent range of theatrical and musical influences - everything from jazz, Delta blues, classical, rock-folk and cabaret. The project earned her several more awards (including the 2009 Backstage Bistro for “Best Theme Show”), and prompted Stephen Holden of The New York Times to say: “This is cabaret cosmopolitan a work of musical theater as I can remember. Ms. Kohler’s exquisite taste in songs and her band’s ability to play them in any style leaves you open-mouthed with admiration.” Little Death, Karen's 4th solo album, will begin recording in 2012.

Karen's commitment to music extends also to directing and teaching. In 2007, she and her husband Robert established the Peter E. Kohler Scholarship in Cabaret Performance at Long Island University, the only scholarship dedicated to the cabaret artform in the world. Students have come from as far away as Australia for her private coaching and her master classes on the history of cabaret and cabaret performance continue to grow in popularity. In 2011, she was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Culture & Consciousness in New Delhi working on her first book in the art of stagecraft. Karen makes her home in NYC and Berlin.

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