Karl is a composer, percussionist, drummer, writer, and multimedia/performance artist.
He grew up in the Seattle area, went to the University of Michigan, and now lives in New York, where he is getting a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the New School, working with Missy Mazzoli.
The coolest things he's done so far are:
-Being selected to participate in the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in 2013, which performed at the Lincoln Center, the Moscow Conservatory, the Mariinsky Theater, and the BBC Proms, under the baton of Valery Gergiev and with soloist Joshua Bell.
-Being chosen as one of four percussionists from the University of Michigan to be in a featured guest percussion quartet at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
-Winning the 2017 Brehm Prize, for which Karl’s wind ensemble piece, blue-green, was premiered by the University of Michigan Symphony Band in September 2017.
-Putting on an entire production of Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach in his living room with collaborator Grey Grant.
-Performing the role of the Dictator in Meredith Monk's Quarry at the University of Michigan in February 2017.
-Winning the 2017 "Hack the Bells" prize with Spencer Haney for their project, Reclaim, which featured the Burton Memorial Bell Tower and Carillon along with live electronics, brass ensemble, car horns, and recorded sounds.
"Like a computer-animated Minion gone mad with power"
- PULP Arts Around Ann Arbor on Karl as the
Dictator in Meredith Monk's Quarry
"It was the greatest thing I've ever been able to sit in a room for. Thank you thank you thank you"
- Nicole Patrick on "Einstein in the HOUSE"