"Karen Clark's majestic, throaty singing hints of modernist extravagance and medieval troubadours." San Francisco Chronicle
In 2012 Karen Clark premiered Schwantner's Dream Drapery: "Thoreau Songs" which are now published by Schott. "I was immediately drawn to the evocative and hauntingly beautiful voice of contralto Karen Clark." ___ Joseph Schwantner
Karen Clark excels in bringing words and music to life. Her repertory spans the centuries to include world premieres of medieval passions and modern works by living composers and poets, such as, Gary Snyder, Joseph Schwantner, Ben Johnston, and Fred Frith. The contralto's recording with the Galax Quartet, On Cold Mountain: Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder is on the Innova label.
"Karen Clark has a very beautiful vocal instrument that she harnesses without undue pathos."Classical-Modern Review
"Karen Clark is the perfect singer for these pieces —a real voice used in a direct honest way." Paul Hillier, conductor and baritone
Karen Clark's premiere of Ben Johnston's song cycle Parable- on Rumi poems -with violinist Sarah Thornblade and clarinetist James Sullivan- was acclaimed by Mark Swed in The Los Angeles Times who wrote: "Karen Clark brought a rich intensity to the [Rumi] stories...The performance was stunning."