Kari Tieger is a singer/songwriter who writes and sings in both English and French about spiritual growth and relationships. Her compositions traverse seamlessly between the realms of dramatic vampire love songs, songs of hope for the future, and Neoclassic chamber music. She explores life and love, as seen though the eyes of an American francophone.
Primarily a solo performer, Kari is a keyboard/vocalist, and her music is an eclectic blend of contemporary pop with classical, jazz, and New Age influences. She released her debut solo CD in 1998, "Touch of Magic," followed in 2001 by "En francais, s'il te plait," a collection of songs, poetry and instrumentals inspired by her love of French language and culture. For both projects she drew together many talented musicians, to create a diverse and engaging sound.
Next in 2004 Kari released the minimalist five-song CD "Pas de Deux," recorded in Paris of that summer, as a preview of her most recent highly popular French CD, "Nos Mots" (Our Words), which was subsequently voted Motif Magazine's 2009 Album of the Year.
Working with guitarist/bassist Jon Brennan of Shryne and many talented guest artists, Kari continues to develop original material for future release. An album in English entitled Illumination is nearing completion with a projected release date of 2013, as well as a collection of her songs and pieces featuring strings.
With fellow composer Kevin Campbell, Kari transcribes, co-arranges, and records on many of his songs, having served as his co-producer in the studio since 1995. She also teaches piano and encourages her many students to compose.
In November of 2009 NIGHTSONG: A New Vampire Musical saw its triumphant world premiere, inspired by and based on Kari's 1996 EP, "Trilogy of Nightsongs: A Romantic View of Vampires," which she re-released that same year, including a bonus track in French. With Music by Kari and Kevin Campbell and Book by Jon Brennan, this Broadway style musical exploring classic vampiric themes such as love and immortality, was extremely well received, and we hope to follow up at some point with an original cast recording, and also possibly a film. PLEASE STAY TUNED!
A member of ASCAP since 1989 (recipient of numerous popular songwriting awards), the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) since 1991, and Just Plain Folks online since its inception in the late 90s, Kari was inducted into the Cambridge Who's Who in 2007 and the Premiere Who's Who in 2009 as a Recording Artist. She has made appearances on RI cable television and performs at many New England festivals and Alliance Française events.