Canadian vocalist Kari van der Kloot’s ethereal vocal sound invites you to get lost in her world with her deeply personal and vulnerable compositions. Her approach is uniquely hers and is wholly honest and unapologetic. Kari’s debut album “Seedling” was released in 2016. The current iteration of Kari’s ensemble plays with the textures of the voice and the violin in an open dialogue.
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, Rockwood and Williamsburg Music Centre 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, Jamie Reynolds, Melissa Stylianou, Ernesto Cervini, Jon Maharaj, Nathan Ellman-Bell, Mike Downes, Ted Quinlan, Lisanne Tremblay, 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.
Kari’s jazz choir and jazz orchestra arrangements have been performed by the Queens College Jazz Orchestra, the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Humber College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the PaekChe Institute of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the O’Neill CVI Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Two of her arrangements can be heard on the University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s album “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.