Kāren Hunter is a Pākeha New Zealander with Cornish, Irish and Scottish ancestry. She offers songs to direct our focus on awakening collective humanity.
Kāren uses guitar, voice, mandolin and loops to create heart charged soundscapes that draw deep from the well of our collective spirit.
These are love songs to Papatuānuku / Mother Earth, freshly baked under the fire of Ranginui / Sky Father.
Each album in her collection has it’s own atmostphere, from Rootsy songs, Celtic dub, Spoken word to ambient Yoga music, Kāren is a diverse and eclectic composer.
With over 35 years of performance experience behind her, Kāren’s stage presence is both gentle and strong.
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 ).
Karen was part of the facilitation team that delivered the Circle Stage at Prana Music Festival in Coromandel in 2015 and 2016. Kāren has been part of Luminate Festival’s Opening ceremony music crew for several years.
Kāren often accompanies other artists and has accompanied festival favourite Matiu Te Huki on international tours to Europe and Australia. Kāren also performs as part of the duo AnaKārena with Anahera Higgins, and collaborates with Carlos Riegel with healing sound journeys.
Kāren holds a diploma in Facilitation from Zenergy Global. As a Zenergy facilitator Kāren has provided facilitation services to the transformational festivals Luminate, Prana, Resolution and Evolve.
Featured video – January 2018 at a show in Byron Bay Australia.
Karen plays mandolin & backing vocals with the Matiu Te Huki Trio.
Festival appearances : Luminate, Prana, Splore, Evolve, Conscious Roots, Voices of Sacred Earth, Tui Festival, Sweetwaters, Parihaka, Womad Akld, Auckland Arts Festival, Taranaki Festival of Lights, Dunedin Fringe, Taupo Erupt, Titirangi Arts, Christchurch Jazz, Whitianga Scallop, Hero Festival, Whitecliffs Folk Festival (NZ), Michagin Wimmin’s Festival, East Coast Women’s Festival (USA) , Frankston Guitar Festival, Woodford Festival (Matiu te Huki trio) (AUS) , Femme Funk (N.C).
Kāren Hunter : music as joy, service & healing.