Virtuosic chanteuse Karina Denike will transport you to a decade that never happened—but should have.
Steeped in the lost eras of 1930’s torch songs and Motown, her original songs draw from such influences as doo wop drama, sea shanties, Morricone soundtracks, girl groups and Eastern European lullabies. A focus on performance and obsessed with the voice as an instrument, her lock-solid vocal harmonies can hush rooms with a whisper and break hearts with a shout. Supporting herself on chord organ and vibraphone, and backed by an adventurous San Francisco band of established composers and musicians in their own right; Aaron Novik on Bass Clarinet, Lily Taylor and Melody Ferris on vocal harmonies, James Frazier on Fender VI baritone guitar, Eric Garland on Drums, and Michael McIntosh on keys, Denike is preparing to release her first solo album after a double single release on PortoFranco records in 2012, her 2011 EP release "Musee Mecanique". Denike's band have played in Japan, Europe, N.Y.C., L.A., and for dOCUMENTA 2012 in Kassel Germany. They have also played for SF's Noise-pop festival, on KPFA,KALX and KALW, been featured on Youtube, and on the Undercover Presents series "the Pixies-Doolitttle" and "Bob Dylans' Highway 61 Revisited", which Denike was also Guest musical director for.
A San Francisco based, British born vocalist, composer, arranger, and recording artist, Karina Denike also collaborates past and present with the Dance Hall Crashers(MCA),The Cottontails, Jezebelle (Warner/Discovery), 8 legged Monster big band, No Use for a name (fatwreckchords), Ralph Carney's Serious Jass project (Smogveil), Mr, Lonesome and the Bluebelles, Stara Nova, Hepcat, NOFX, Tony Sly, Aaron Novik, Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies and others. She has released over 10 records, had her voice and compositions on countless compilations and films soundtracks including the 2012 20th Century Fox release "This means war" with Reese Witherspoon and Tony Sly's tribute album released in 2013. Karina has performed around the world at top venues and festivals including the Montreaux Jazz festival ( Switzerland), The Reading Festival, (UK),The Warped tour, SLC Official Olympics, The Shoreline Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre, (Berkeley), The Filmore(SF), The Warfield) Lilith fair and many others. She has shared bills with The Pretenders, Fiona Apple, Prince, The Ramones, Beck, Rasputina, The Misfits, Martha Wainwright, NOFX and others.
What people are saying about Karina Denike:
"The best of the best: a San Francisco singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and some serious songwriting skills. This stripped-down performance suits her perfectly." YOUTUBE, 2012
"She is a naturally soulful performer, swaying and dancing, using her expressive face and her arms to underline her vocal delivery. But her singing, like her music, is perfectly balanced – her sense of pitch, volume, phrasing are formidable. It is a rare thrill to run into a performer who has such technique and such artistry. Denike’s songs combine a dizzying array of styles and influences: doo wop, early rock and soul, tin pan alley, cabaret, classic and contemporary singer songwriters. She distills everything into an organic, irresistable pop music. ." - Todd Wanerman - The Bay Bridged.com
"..Special shout-out to vocalist Karina Denike (of the Dance Hall Crashers and The Cottontails), whose vocal prowess recalls traditional jazz chops with modern style, relevance, and soul. Cheers". Laura Nagel - The Owl Mag
"In my humble opinion, she’s probably got one of the most powerful, virtuosic voices around and a vocal delivery that’s JUST SEXY. You really have to see her live to know what I mean" - MissionMission.com
"Some of Tony Sly’s longtime friends, scenemates and frequent collaborators are present and well-accounted for, ready to not merely tug at your heart strings, but to anesthetize them in whiskey and set them ablaze. Case in point: album-opener “Biggest Lie,” as performed by the inimitable vocal talent that is (former Dance Hall Crasher) Karina Denike is sparse, moody and downright haunting. Keep the Kleenex handy for this one, kiddoes; we’re about to embark on a roller coaster of emotions." Jaystone - album review at Dying scene
“When we first heard Karina Denike we were captivated by the depth of her music and her haunting delivery. You can listen to her songs over and over again and pick out new musical flavors and meanings with each hearing.” - David Kaye - Climate Theatre music box series.
Nov. 2012 we released our two live tracks for Cantilever Bridge and Lonely Sea on ITUNES! with the SF based Portofranco records.( Ramon and jessica, Nice guy Trio, Aaron Novik, Gaucho etc..) you can buy the songs here!
*ALSO - IN OCTOBER 2012 we RELEASED 2 NEW LIVE VIDEOs and got a featured spotlight on YOUTUBE --- CHECK OUT THIS LINK~
- what YOUTUBE said about us....
"The best of the best: a San Francisco singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and some serious songwriting skills. This stripped-down performance suits her perfectly."