Guitarist/Songwriter Káren Hunter first appeared on the Auckland music scene in the early 90’s with an original style of blues-based acoustic funk and a voice described in the NZ Herald as ‘one of the most sensuous in the country’.
Hunter’s work can be described as gritty jazz/folk. Songs are infused with dirty blues grooves using spoken word poetry and jazz scatting, creating dynamic memorable performances. Hunters primary instruments are vocals and acoustic guitar, however thanks to her ‘loop’ pedal, live shows also include ‘found’ percussion, backing vocals, bass and vocal harmoniser. Renown as a dynamic and engaging live act has earned Karen Hunter several international supports including Ani Difranco, Roger McGuinn and Suzanne Vega.
Hunter has toured internationally in the U.S.A , England, Amsterdam, Australia and New Caledonia where she performed alongside Australian festival favourites Tiddas, Blue House and Fruit, as well as European Jazz chanteuse Tania Maria. Káren has played at Melbourne’s Frankston Guitar Festival (2004) and the prestigious Michigan Women’s Festival (1993).
Káren teaches at the University of Auckland on the Popular Music Major of the Bachelor of Music programme where she mentors young performers. This demanding and rewarding work ensures Káren continues to grow personally as a performer and songwriter.