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July 22, 2013
Yanni's former backing violinist
Monday, July 22
Often referred to as "the lady in red", Karen Briggs’ fiery violin features on the multi-platinum selling, "Live at the Acropolis" PBS special have been seen literally by millions of people around the world. In fact, the PBS special has been broadcast in 65 countries, viewed by over 500 million people and is the second best-selling music video of all time behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
Her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist took place in 1997. While accompanied by Pianist/Composer Dave Grusin, she participated in a fundraiser event hosted by Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman. She appears in the resulting family movie classic entitled, "Music of the Heart" starring Merle Streep, Angela Bassett and Gloria Estefan. Karen has recorded and toured with Stanley Clarke as part of the group project "Vertu" which included drummer, Lenny White. She has also conducted workshops as an Artist-In-Residency for Berklee Music College, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and The Kentucky Center for the Performaning Arts.
Karen's inclusion in various genres of music has been very eclectic and includes appearances and/or recordings with Ledisi (Lost & Found), Loose Ends (US Tour), The Hopeville Tour/DVD with Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary (What Is This?), Mike Phillips (Hidden Beach), Patrice Rushen, Wu Tang Clan (Reunited), Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped CD Series, Tizer, Benesi, Soul II Soul (1990 World Tour), Keb Mo, Chieli Minucci and Special Efx (Live Performance & 25th Anniversary CD), Jazz In Pink (Live Performance), Idan Raichel (Israel) and a host of others.
Her current release Soulchestral Groove, features the fire driven 'soul-os' that the violinist is most recognized for. It includes original compositions and clever cover arrangements. She is currently in the studio preparing her next independent project which will be an instrumental collaboration with famed Persian orchestral conductor/arranger, Shardhad Rohani, best known for his role as the dueling violinist with Karen in the Acropolis concert.
Karen uses and endorses Yamaha Electric Violin.