Kāren Hunter takes her audience on a sublime musical journey with evocative melodies that draw from a fusion of world music and rootsy grooves. Kāren loops her voice, guitar and mandolin to create heart charged soundscapes blending her many influences in an entertaining and original fashion.

Kāren Hunter’s journey into songwriting traverses over 35 years and many styles and characters have emerged throughout her adventure.

Kāren often accompanies other artists on guitar, mandolin and vocals and plays regularly with Matiu Te Huki, one of New Zealand’s most exciting festival artist. Kāren has accompanied Matiu Te Huki on international tours to Europe and Australia.

Best known as a live performer Kāren Hunter has undertaken many musical studies both formally and informally.

Kāren has released nine albums to date and toured New Zealand several times over the last 25 years. Kāren has accompanied some of New Zealand’s well known musicians such as Shona Laing and Dave McArtney.

In addition to a lifetime of experience as a performer Kāren holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Auckland where she also taught on the Popular Music programme for several years. Kāren has also taught music privately and at M.A.I.N.Z Auckland campus ( Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand ).

Kāren holds a diploma in Facilitation from Zenergy Global. As a Zenergy facilitator Kāren has offered facilitation assistance to the transformational festivals Luminate, Prana and Evolve.

Karen has presented many music workshops and facilitation training workshops at music festivals in New Zealand over the last 25 years. Karen was part of the facilitation team that delivered Prana Music Festival in Coromandel in 2015 and 2016.

Featured video –  January 2018 at a show in Byron Bay Australia.
Karen plays mandolin & backing vocals with the Matiu Te Huki Trio.


Festival appearances :  (NZ) Luminate, Prana, Splore, Evolve, Conscious Roots, Voices of Sacred Earth, Tui Festival, Sweetwaters, Parihaka, Auckland Arts Festival, Taranaki Festival of Lights, Dunedin Fringe, Taupo Erupt, Titirangi Arts, Christchurch Jazz, Whitianga Scallop, Hero Festival, Whitecliffs Folk Festival , (USA) Michagin Wimmins Festival , (AUS) Frankston Guitar Festival , (N.C) Femme Funk.

Collaborations : Matiu Te Huki, Kalaish Kokopele, Awakening Circus, Magic Box Experience,  Fear is the Enemy, Shona Laing, Dave McArtney, Rhiannon, Anahera Higgins, Christine White, Sexy Recession Cabaret, Alfalfa Meo, AfghaniStan, Linda Chanwai Earle, Tui Mamaki, Mama Yeva, Beata Borcek, Tomas Hasygn, Carlos Riegel, Redwood Reider, Leraine Horstmanshoff, DJ Rire Yoga, Wild Seed Yoga, Jules Bright Cacao Ceremonies, Auckland Yoga Academy Kirtan

Opening act for: Ani Difranco, Suzanne Vega, Blue House, Robin McGuin, Mahinaarangi Tocker, Tiddas, Tony Childs, Matiu te Huki, Hello Sailor.