History

Kari Larson

Notable Events and Credentials, Formal and Otherwise

First paid gig: guitar-playing girl in the corner, Ventana Inn and Restaurant, Big Sur, CA: summer, 1979

Attended first music festival and played more or less night and day for 72 hours straight: 1983

Earned Bachelor of Music degree, studying with David Tanenbaum, San Francisco Conservatory of Music: 1986

Joined first of many subsequent American roots bands: 1986

Taught guitar and coordinated band at state/county supported community center for mentally disabled adults San Jose, CA: 1988-1994

Enrolled in and completed fretted instrument building and repair course (making dean's list each term) at Red Wing Technical College---now Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical--: 1994-95

Apprenticed with violin and cello builder/restorationist John Reed: 1995-96

Performed, recorded, composed and toured with Dakota Dave Hull as multi-instrumental duo Hull and Larson: 1995-2001

Worked as repair Technician and sometime-mandolin teacher, Homestead Pickin' Parlor, Richfield, MN: 1995-2004

Formed American roots band the DitchLilies with singer/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Schultz: 1999

Won the coveted waffle iron at the Annual Battle of the Jug Bands with Standard Family Size Jug Band, Minneapolis, MN: 2001

Apprenticed at National Reso-Phonic Guitars, San Luis Obispo, CA: fall, 2001 and fall, 2004

Became a National Reso-Phonic Guitars warranty repair technician: 2004

On adjunct staff at Willie's American Guitars, St. Paul, MN, as resonator repair specialist: 2004-present

Hung shingle as Larson Stringed Instrument Repair in Maiden Rock, WI: 2004-2011

Performed perhaps the world's only ukulele and Mighty Wurlitzer duet at the Fitzgerald Theater for Minnesota public Radio's Morning Show Ukulele Gala, St. Paul, MN: 2005

Began co-creating and producing annual music/art/spoken word presentations:2009

Recorded DitchLilies duo cd: 2009

Started Stringworks Studio: 2011

In among these highlights and events, I have given numerous workshops and have been on discussion panels and have participated in showcases at festivals and conventions focusing on various aspects of mandolin playing, guitar playing and instrument repair/restoration since the early 90's. I have given mandolin and guitar lessons over the last two decades and have recorded on countless other musicians' projects playing guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, ukulele and lap steel. To see a list of some of the fine events and festivals at which I've had the honor and pleasure of performing in recent years, please go to http://www.theditchlilies.com.