Canadian vocalist Kari van der Kloot has a unique vocal sound that has been described as “ethereal” and “bell-like”. Her thoughtful compositions and arrangements show a deeply personal commitment to the lyrics and music, as well as a wholly honest and refreshing approach.
Throughout her career, Kari has given many acclaimed performances as a vocalist and a pianist in a wide variety of ensembles across Canada, South Korea and New York. She has appeared at many venues such as Cornelia Street Cafe, Sycamore and Somethin’ Jazz Club in New York. In Seoul, South Korea, Kari frequently performed at Baekam Concert Hall, Palm and Chicago, and was also a featured performer in the Gangjin International Festival. In addition, Kari has appeared at the Banff Rocky Mountain Festival, and has performed at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar in Toronto on multiple occasions. She has the shared the stage with musicians such as Seamus Blake, Kenji Omae, Lauren Falls, Jorn Swart, Jamie Reynolds, Melissa Stylianou, Ernesto Cervini, Jon Maharaj, Martin Zenker, Mike Downes, Ted Quinlan, Mark Kelso, John Nam, and many more. Kari graduated with her masters in jazz voice performance from Queens College in New York City, as well as her bachelor in jazz voice performance from University of Toronto. She has studied with JD Walter, Charenee Wade, Michael Mossman, Kate McGarry, Heather Bambrick and Terry Promane.
In addition to being a well regarded vocalist, Kari is also an accomplished arranger and composer. Her “chamber jazz” compositions based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda have been received with unanimous praise. Kari’s jazz choir and jazz orchestra arrangements have been performed by the Queens College Jazz Orchestra, the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Humber College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Paekche Institute of the Arts Vocal Ensemble and the O’Neill CVI Jazz Disciples. Two of her arrangements can be found on the University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s recording “Songs of Life”.
Before moving to New York, Kari was a highly regarded professor of jazz voice at PaekChe Institute of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea. Kari directed several acclaimed vocal jazz ensembles and developed the vocal improvisation curriculum from scratch. Currently, Kari teaches voice and piano lessons to students of all ages in all styles throughout New York. She also gives choral masterclasses.
Kari’s debut album will be released in the fall of 2016. “Seedling” is an album of deeply personal originals and intricate arrangements. “Seedling” features the playing of Lauren Falls (bass), Jorn Swart (piano) and Matt Davis (guitar), and will be available for sale on iTunes and cdbaby.com.