Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dylan Thomas, Jazz and Cheer!

On December 3rd, The Casa Karen Series is proud to present the amazing jazz Saxophonist Elias Haslanger with Angelo Lambesis on piano. Bruce Saunders guitar, Daniel Durham bass and Steve Schwelling drums. Each one of the players in this ensemble have their own discographies and are involved with numerous brilliant projects of their own...on Dec. 3rd they all come together for a memorable evening of creative jazz. Check out Elias and some samples of his sound at
Call for reservations as seating is limited.
doors open at at 8:00
(512 ) 459-9900 for info. c.c. accepted over phone!
Free refreshments!
Hope to see you all there. This will be a very special night!
Casa Karen is at 7402 Greenhaven Dr. 78757


Watch my Blog for more information about The Austin Civic Orchestra's Holiday Concert! On Sunday December 11th I will be the featured singer with the Orchestra, and I'm really looking forward to singing with all of those strings under the baton of brilliant conductor Lois Ferrari!! One of the works that I'll be performing was commissioned by the A.C.O for composer George Oldziey especially for me so I'm very excited about hearing it all come together. The concert begins at 3:00 at Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas at Austin. Google Austin Civic Orchestra for more details.

On December 16th a very special holiday offering.
An original musical rendering of the Dylan Thomas Classic: "A Child's Christmas In Wales"

Jazz Sax wizard Alex Coke will be coming in from Amsterdam playing not only flute and sax but various whimsical toys....the remarkable Rich Harney on piano and keyboards and from Dallas world renowned bassist Buddy Mohamed..join me, Suzi Stern, as I read Thomas's sparkling text and sing several of my original compositions for this delightful festive performance! This show was commissioned by the Harry Ransom Center in 2005 for their poetry and Jazz Series and has become an Austin tradition.
Casa Karen
7402 Greenhaven Drive
Austin, Texas 78757
Doors open at begins at 8:00
Free holiday sweet treats etc. as well!
Info. and reservations: (512) 459-9900 c.c. accepted over phone!
C.D.'s of this performance (Aardvark Records) will be for sale at the show and make great holiday presents!!


Looking ahead to 2012 we have some truly exciting events planned for the Casa Karen Series!

Sun. Jan. 15th: Not to be missed: Cuban singer Estrella Acosta with Gabriel Santiago!!

Sat. Jan. 21st is the beautiful music of Mitchell & Harris
Glen Pat Harris & Anna Mae Mitchell
The c.d. release of their brilliant new c.d. "Traveling by Moonlight"

Circle this date!! FEB. 29th we predict selling out fast for this amazing not to be missed opportunity to hear:
The Eddie Gomez Trio
Eddie Gomez bass
Stefan Karlsson piano
Ed Soph drums
Call for info: and reservations now!! (512) 459-9900

I am so thrilled about having Eddie's trio play in our intimate performance space at Casa! What an honor!

Other exciting news in my world of music! Two beautiful c.d.s are in the works. One is my project "Sleep Walking Girl" which is a c.d. of my original compositions...My son Rene being my most outspoken fan put me up to the challenge of releasing a c.d. that was only tunes that I had's not really jazz...not pop...not really anything I can describe, but the playing on it so far is fantastic and I love everyone who has worked on it so much! (Paul Unger, Steve Schwelling, George Oldziey, Mitch Watkins, James Anderson, Stern Voice Studio Childrens Choir) And closer to being finished is the GATO 6 c.d, which is sounding amazing. This is George's baby and I'm proud to be singing on it! Both projects will be out in the world in the spring of 2012!

AND: I am delighted to be one of the Texas artists featured on the Chuck Pinnell produced c.d. "Dark River" Check out this beautiful short on the c.d. which is out in the world on Blue Corn Records.