"Clark's majestic, throaty singing hints of modernist extravagance and medieval troubadours."
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Another moment of great intensity was Hildegard’s O quam magnum miraculum est (Oh, how great is the miracle), with Clark as solo voice, and a very sensual vielle accompaniment by Shira Kammen."
Niels Swinkels, San Francisco Classical Voice, 2018
"Karen R. Clark has a beautiful voice that shows flexibility and nuance. Her performance of O Quam Magnum Miraculum Est is gorgeous."
Peter Loewen American Record Guide 2016
"As sung soulfully by contralto Karen Clark, the Mahler (Rückert Lieder) provides the still points."
Alan Ulrich San Francisco Chronicle 2016
"Contralto Karen Clark played a prominent role in Garrett and Moulton's acclaimed 2014 production The Luminous Edge, and her glorious voice provided a good deal of the initial inspiration for Speak, Angels."
Andrew Gilbert. San Jose Mercury News 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
"The dance opens with a vocal excerpt by Hildegard von Bingen and closes with the last song in the Mahler cycle —sensitively performed by contralto Karen R Clark. There’s just enough Mahler to break your heart." —Allan Ulrich
"The evening's most exciting performer was Karen R Clark. Ms. Clark's vocal power and riveting stage presence was an aching unforgettable display of pathos and musical subtlety." Joshua Kosman
Los Angeles Times
"Karen Clark best known for her pure-voiced early music performances is sensitive to word, pitch, tone, and sentiment." —Mark Swed
San Francisco Classical Voice
"Contralto Karen R Clark, in truly lustrous voice, added immeasurable depth to The Luminous Edge." — Janice Berman
"Karen R Clark provided the highlight of the evening. She gave a passionate performance, with a vocal dynamism that darted and hovered effortlessly with extraordinary vitality. Alto, Karen Clark's voice rising above, inspired." — Scott L. Edwards
"Karen R Clark's gorgeous, clear contralto voice, carried the program with ease. Especially beautiful was Luigi Rossi's lament "Lascia, speranza," which plumbed the depths of despair then drew back to end on a perfectly-controlled pianissimo." — Kerry McCarthy
New York Times
"The most striking performance was with Karen Clark [Young.] With minimal vibrato and malleable tone, Ms. Clark showed an astonishing range of expressive subtlety, carrying the listener rapt." — James Oestreich
"Karen Clark's warm, rich mezzo soprano is one of the loveliest voices on the New York early music scene." — James Oestreich
"Among the glories of this performance was Karen Clark who gave the "Laudamus te" a plaintive elegance." — Edward Rothstein
The New Yorker
"Karen Clark's is the most beautiful sound, strong, pure, and passionate, that I have heard in a long time." Andrew Porter
"Karen Clark was again outstanding in her fearless, affecting account." Andrew Porter
From Berkeley to Hong Kong, contralto Karen Clark’s performances of medieval to modern music have received high praise. Recent San Francisco Bay Area appearances include, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky's Svadebka, and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder. In new music, Karen has premiered numerous chamber works by leading composers, such as, Ben Johnston, Fred Frith, and Joseph Schwantner. The Los Angeles Times called Karen's premiere of Ben Johnston's Parable, "stunning." Recent recordings include On Cold Mountain: Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder, with the Galax Quartet (Innova). Karen's new CD release with Vajra Voices, O Eterne Deus: Music of Hildegard von Bingen (Music & Arts) is acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle, which says, "The music of Hildegard von Bingen is rendered here with heartfelt elegance." Karen has performed and recorded with world leading ensembles, such as, Sequentia, Boston Camerata, Ensemble P.A.N., Waverly Consort, New York Early Music (Fred Renz), and Joshua Rifkin's Bach Ensemble. Karen holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music where she studied with the legendary artists Virginia Zeani, and Thomas Binkley. A devoted voice teacher and practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method®, Karen has developed a somatic approach to vocal instruction which she offers in private studios (Oakland & Petaluma, CA) and workshops throughout the U.S. Karen has taught in the music departments of Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Sonoma State, in the Thornton School of Music of USC, and U.C. Berkeley.
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