Karen Lyu & Fresh Jazz / Blog

Fall/Winter 2010/2011 (Updated 3/28/11)

Hi Everyone -

For those of you who may wonder what I'm up to (since I haven't sent out my email newsletter for a while):

1. I've been writing, co-writing and performing new songs in many different styles - including places like the Bluebird Cafe!

2. I've been requested by several fans to record a solo piano CD (!) so I am getting ready to record a number of classical pieces by Debussy, Massenet, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and also Beethoven!

PIANO BIO UPDATE: Fall/Winter 2010, Karen is now creating (by request) her first solo piano album with impressionist and romantic classical compositions (by Debussy, Massenet, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven). Her passion for piano started in 4th grade, when Karen first learned 3 songs by watching her friends' hands. Stymied at first by a learning disability and teachers who didn't understand, then finances, hand injury and distractions of life, Karen is thrilled to be creating this piano CD. Her life-long childhood dream is finally coming true!

3. I'm writing new solo piano tunes influenced by: Ludovico Einaudi (current Italian composer), French impressionist composers from the 1800s, jazz and 80's pop. Working towards an EP when I am ready. :)

4. Following acting opportunities.

ACTING UPDATE: My last project was a role as a quirky Korean lady for the kid's music education DVD "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music"! FYI - It will be released Spring 2011.

FYI - Three G Productions died, so I will not be doing a TV Movie.

5. Life has been unexpected (among other things, my manager quit being a manager) and more kind souls have passed on:

- Damaris Jackson (Waldorf instructor, eclectic artist, Walker church member, and friend) - Edmond Turner (Nashville guitarist and sound man) - Lucille Duncan (mother of Twin Cities jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan) - Susan Bonfiglio (radio show host, author, Bob Proctor consultant, and past teleclass student) - Also, want to honor Abbey Lincoln - actress, activist and jazz artist extraordinaire. What an incredible, inspiring woman she was.

I'm taking a break from performing. Doing my best to flow, grieve and stay grateful to focus on opportunities coming my way.

6. I have been offered an Artist's Retreat on a lake with a Sweet Recording Studio for 2012 (timing is better than 2011)!

Thank You to my arts patrons for this wonderful offer, and for sending me a grant in the meantime!


Karen Lyu http://www.karenlyu.com http://www.holisticvoicecoach.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/karenlyu http://www.youtube.com/karenlyuandfreshjazz

#52, #78 (twice), #108 on Reverbnation Charts!

Hi Friends and Fans,

Karen Lyu & Fresh Jazz

got to #52 on the Reverbnation.com Global Jazz Charts

on 2/23/10


then up to #78

on 5/6/10 AND 8/18/10 too

and up again to #108

on 6/9/10

***UPDATED DEC 2, 2010***

#89 on 11/22/10

#90 on 11/23/10

#91 on 11/24/10

#91 on 11/27/10

(now over 11,000 profiles!)


A Big Thank You to everyone for all your love and support!


CDs AVAILABLE + More Video...

KAREN LYU & FRESH JAZZ CD AVAILABLE NOW: IN STORES Grimey's New and Preloved Music - Nashville, TN Cheapo and Applause - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (COMING SOON) ONLINE CDBaby.com (COMING SOON) AT GIGS see Upcoming Shows CONTACT KAREN (for bookings, lessons or to send a check by mail) 615-530-7710 612-327-0050 karen @ holisticvoicecoach.com MORE VIDEO LIVESTREAM FOOTAGE Produced by http://www.thirdcoastlive.net http://www.thirdcoastbroadcast.com Click "On Demand" for archives of shows on: 11/17/09 - with my Fresh Jazz band 12/08/09 - with incredible jazz guitarist John Richards