Karen Hunter Plays Cathedral Square
17 December 2003
Free Friday Lunchtime Concert, Friday December 19, Cathedral Square, 12.15pm
A unique singer/songwriter with sassy humour and slinky grooves,
Karen Hunter is at the forefront of original New Zealand music. She brings
her unique style to Cathedral Square this Friday from 12.15pm to 1.15pm
From the raw and funky live CD "Inside Outside" (2001), through
the sensuous melodies, fretless bass, subtle cello and vocal percussion
which permeate her debut CD "The Private Life of Clowns" (1998),
it is hard to confine Hunter to any specific genre. Her albums explore the
diversity of her musical taste and experience.
Hunter is a rhythmic player and a unique combination of melody
and groove characterises her sound. She utilises a percussive thumb
technique, independent bass lines and finely placed harmonics to
add sparkle. Her early
influences include Joan Armatrading, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and
Patti Smith, providing her with an appreciation of passion and
power in many different
forms. She is not afraid to experiment with texture, and finds
a way to fit ambient soundscapes alongside distorted acoustic guitars.
Hailing from a family of musicians and music teachers, she started
playing as a child (violin, piano, and clarinet), but confesses
it was when she started learning guitar at age nine that she found
her true voice/instrument.
Songwriting was a natural progression, and Hunter travelled throughout
her late teens and twenties, playing her way around Australia,
USA and England.
Complementing her career with teaching guitar, voice and songwriting,
Hunter has developed alongside her students. She has shared skills
with those in the youth clubs of London, prisons in Auckland, festivals
Australia, United States and Britain as well as in schools, community
workshops and private lessons. "Creative Sound/play" is the name given to
her right brain-left brain approach of combining songwriting with non-dominant
hand painting and writing.
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