Karen's next project, promises to be a defining release of the world genre influences that continue to set Karen apart.
The self-produced project is the second of it's kind after
This new project consists of ten original compositions including two arrangements by Brahms and Stravinsky's.
Defined as "contemporary world jazz", Karen see's it as a results of
"pure inspiration." to compose, arrange and record all of the music herself saving the magic of the sound for live performances with plans to include many special guests.
The first single release is called "A Theme of Gratitude".
Artwork, violin performance, video editing for the accompanying video was all completed by Karen who is also the only live musician on the project.
New Single & Project
NEW BAND: KWINTET
Karen's newest assembly of musicians boils down to pure showcased of monster talent and musicianship:
• Mahesh Balasooriya on Keys
• Ric Fierabracci on bass,
• Queen Cora Dunham on Drums and
• Mino Cinelu on Percussion.
Kwintet did it's SOLD OUT debut show at Spaghettini's, Seal Beach on January 18, 2020. Rave audience responses and reviews, including a couple of standing ovations were received by the dynamic group.
Collectively, the group's musical endowment's embody genre's ranging from the influences of Classical, Jazz Funk, Pop and World Music infused into original arrangements and original compositions and arrangements. Be on the lookout for Karen Briggs' Kwintet!
Karen Briggs Travels To Erbil, Iraq for A World Music Performance with Naseer Shamma, Oud Extraordinaire!
Karen was invited to perform for a very special concert held at the historic Citadel, a castle but 8000 BC in Erbil Iraq! The concert featured Naseer Shamma, a famous Oud player from Iraq, who assembled and an international assembly of nine incredible musicians called "The Peacebuilders". The instrumentalists came from France, Pakistan, Spain, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Karen from the U.S.A.
Hundreds of fans came out for the free music presentation which was also streamed live on Facebook. Within one day, the broadcast received over 0ne hundred seventy thousand views!
"It was an honor and a joy to perform with so many incredible musicians,"
Karen was the only woman in the ensemble. With great enthusiasm she says, "I think Naseer's music is incredibly beautiful!". Her next appearance with Naseer is being scheduled for London, England sometime in 2020.