German cabaret in Trinidad? This was a rare treat organised by the German Embassy last year. Karen Kohler, a leading interpreter of European cabaret for 15 years, gave two concerts and a master class in Port-of-Spain to a fantastic audience. In fact, it was such a big success that Kohler is coming back to Trinidad for a concert on October 5, at the UTT Campus at NAPA from 6.30 pm. Brian Kushmaul, senior artist-in-residence for percussion at UTT, will join Karen on stage for an unforgettable musical experience. Cabaret, an intimate art form combining comedy, storytelling, dance and theatre, has many roots; the informal saloons or “cabarets” of Paris, the dark social and political satire of “Kabarett” in Berlin’s 1920s and New York’s smoky night clubs of the 1950s. Kohler is a “painter and scene-maker.” She aims to captivate the audience using words, melody and a broad palette of expressions. The German-American cabaret singer is based in New York. Kohler trained as a singer and actress and is the founder of the Kabarett Kollektif, a NY ensemble of European cabaret artists and Kabarett Fete, a celebrated festival of the cabaret arts.
“From the moment I came upon the songs of early 20th century Europe—inventive, fresh, daring, lyrical, ironic, dark, and sexy—I was hooked...” she says. Brian Kushmaul is the senior artist-in-residence for percussion at UTT. In the summer, he serves as principal percussionist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of New York. Kushmaul is also active as a jazz drummer and world percussionist, particularly Spanish flamenco. He will join Kohler on stage for a few songs. Patrons will have the opportunity to experience songs of early 20th century Europe on October 5, from 6.30 pm at UTT Campus at NAPA, Theatre I, Port-of-Spain. Reservations are required since seating is limited.
Please send e-mail to [email protected] to reserve your space. There is a limit of three tickets per person.