Karen Burciaga

Classical Violin from Boston, MA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$150 - $600 per event
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About
Karen Burciaga is a versatile violinist and fiddler based in Boston. She performs classical music, 1920's jazz, pop songs, and Irish tunes in many different settings including concert halls, churches, historic homes and colonial taverns. Karen often performs with cello, classical guitar, harp, or bagpipes but is always available for solo engagements.

A classically trained musician with a Master of Music degree, Karen has also explored various folk fiddle traditions and has studied Renaissance and Baroque music extensively. She plays with Seven Times Salt, an early music ensemble dedicated to music of the 16th-17th centuries. Her trio, Ulster Landing, presents folk music of England, Ireland, and Scotland on fiddle, harp, and Uilleann (Irish) pipes. She recently became the fiddler for Newpoli, a Southern Italian folk band. In addition, her knowledge of classical violin repertoire gives her a wide variety of music to select from.

Karen is happy to work with clients to find just the right music for each and every occasion.
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
2014 - Top Violinist

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Karen was EXCELLENT, from day one all the way through to the day of. She periodically checked in with me throughout the planning of my wedding and offered a variety of suggestions for songs which I found incredibly helpful. On the day of, Karen arrived early and played the most beautiful music. I would highly recommend using her for any event!

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Karen is a wonderful performer! She offered a large variety of songs to choose from and was very helpful in suggesting songs to be played during the ceremony. She arrived on time, was very professional, and played all the requested material. Our guests loved listening to her music and spoke immensely of her talent. I would highly recommend her services. She helped to make our wedding day perfect!

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Such amazing talent! Karen was very professional and helped me chose songs for our wedding - she even chose some for me when I couldn't decide. So many people came up to me after the ceremony to tell me how fantastic she was and how much they enjoyed her music. Karen found me after the ceremony to shake my hand and congratulate us - very friendly, professional. Just awesome! Thank you so much Karen!

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Karen is wonderful, talented and so accommodating! Highly recommended with no reservations!

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I cannot say enough about how great Karen is. We hired her to play violin at our wedding ceremony and she was so easy to work with -- happily accommodating special requests, quick to respond to emails, and wowing the guests with her talent. Some of our friends told us about how, during our recessional song which was a surprise for guests, Karen broke out into a huge smile as she began to play. She helped make our day so fun and special. She is also also extremely nice and professional. This is one aspect of the event I didn't worry about at all, and I'm so thankful to her for that. Book her now, I promise you won't regret it!

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Karen did a wonderful job playing fiddle at our garden wedding! Everyone enjoyed the "tone" that it set. She was also very kind, accommodating and easy to work with - I would definitely recommend her!

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Karen was such a fantastic find. She was pleasant and accommodating. A true professional. She worked with my daughter, the bride, to help her choose the music and even learned a new selection at my daughter's request. She worked with me about finances, logistics, etc. We were both so pleased. She made this portion of the wedding planning easy, pleasant, and stress free. I recommend her without any reservations. She is fantastic to work with and we received many compliments on the music. It was truly lovely and the perfect touch to my daughter's garden wedding.

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Karen was absolutely incredible, she was able to work with me to surprise my then girlfriend for a proposal. She was extremely prompt, professional, had excellent suggestions. Would highly recommend.

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Karen did an outstanding job. Her lovely music set the tone for our pre-ceremony cocktails in just the way we wanted. During the ceremony, she hit her cues effortlessly and all my guests were impressed with her playing. My new mother-in-law commented that it was a shame no one was listening post-ceremony when we were all hugging and crying!

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Karen was a pleasure to work with!! We were looking for a violinist to play during our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and were hoping for someone with both a classical and more fun/modern portfolio, and Karen was perfect! She was flexible, accomodating, and communicative. She set the tone just perfectly. She even jumped in to our wedding ceremony "sing along" when our audio recording failed :) She played with guitarist Matthew Wright, who was a lovely accompaniment. Unfortunately as the bride, I didn't get to hear much of the ceremony or cocktail music, but everyone else greatly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend.

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All I Want is You
U2
All my Loving
Lennon/McCartney
All of Me
John Legend
All of Me
sung by Frank Sinatra
All You Need is Love
Beatles
Always on My Mind
sung by Willie Nelson
Amazing Grace
Traditional
Arioso
J.S. Bach
Ashokan Farewell
Jay Ungar
As Time Goes By
from "Casablanca"
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
At Last
sung by Etta James
Banish Misfortune
trad. Irish
Be Thou My Vision
trad. Irish
Beautiful Day
U2
Beauty Charming, Fair and Young
Scottish traditional
Best Day of my Life
American Authors
Blackbird
The Beatles
Blue Skies
Irving Berlin
Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell
Can You Feel the Love Tonight from "The Lion King"
Elton John
Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel
Can't Help Falling in Love
sung by Elvis Presley
The Circle of Life
from "The Lion King"
Concerning Hobbits
from "The Hobbit"
Count on Me
Bruno Mars
Dirty Water
The Standells
Don't Stop Believin'
Journey
A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes
from Walt Disney's "Cinderella"
Erev Shel Shoshanim
Yosef Hadar
Everything
Michael Buble
Faithfully
Journey
Falling Slowly
from "Once"
Fanny Power
trad. Irish
Fields of Gold
Sting
Flowers of Edinburgh
Scottish traditional
Fly Me to the Moon
sung by Frank Sinatra
From this Moment On
Shania Twain
Game of Thrones theme
Ramin Djawadi
Gartan Mother's Lullaby
Irish traditional
Gigantic
The Pixies
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys
The Greatest Love of All
sung by Whitney Houston
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
Halo
Beyonce
Happy Together
The Turtles
Haste to the Wedding
Irish traditional
Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere
sung by the Beatles
Ho Hey
The Lumineers
Home
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Hornpipe from Water Music
G.F. Handel
How Deep is Your Love
Bee Gees
How Sweet it is to be Loved by You
James Taylor
I Do
Colbie Caillat
I Choose You
Sara Bareilles
I Will
Beatles
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
J.S. Bach
Jump
Van Halen
Just Breathe
Pearl Jam
Just the Way You Look Tonight
sung by Frank Sinatra
La Vie en Rose
Edith Piaf
Lass o' Peatie's Mill
Scottish traditional
Last Dance
Sarah McLachlan
"Last of the Mohicans" theme
D. MacLean
Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Meghan Trainor
Love Me Like You Do
Ellie Goulding
Love Story
Taylor Swift
Lovers' Waltz
Jay Ungar
The Luckiest
Ben Folds
Mairie's Wedding
trad. Scottish
Make You Feel My Love
Bob Dylan/Adele
Man in the Mirror
sung by Michael Jackson
Marry Me
Train
Marry You
Bruno Mars
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
from "Fiddler on the Roof"
Moon River
Henry Mancini
My Darling Asleep
trad. Irish
My Girl
The Temptations
Nothing Else Matters
Metallica
Ode to Joy
L. van Beethoven
One Hand, One Heart from "West Side Story"
Leonard Bernstein
Photograph
Ed Sheeran
The Prayer
sung by Celine Dion
Rewrite the Stars
from "The Greatest Showman"
Rights of Man
trad. Irish
Say You Won't Let Go
James Arthur
Sheep May Safely Graze
J.S. Bach
Shelter from the Storm
Bob Dylan
Shipping Up to Boston
Dropkick Murphys
Siman Tov Mazel Tov
Jewish traditional
Skye Boat Song
Scottish
Someday my Prince will Come
from Walt Disney's "Cinderella"
Someone Like You
Adele
Somewhere over the Rainbow
from "The Wizard of Oz"
"Spring" from the Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi
Stand by Me
Ben E. King
Strangers in the Night
sung by Frank Sinatra
Summertime
George Gershwin
Sunrise, Sunset
from "Fiddler on the Roof"
Take Five
Dave Brubeck
Time after Time
Cyndi Lauper
Trumpet Voluntary
Jeremiah Clarke
Tumbalalaika
trad. Jewish
Watermark
Enya
Wedding March from "Midsummer Night's Dream"
Felix Mendelssohn
What a Wonderful World
sung by Louis Armstrong
When You Wish Upon a Star
A Whole New World
from "Aladdin"
With a Little Help from My Friends
Beatles
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
Yellow
Coldplay
You Raise Me Up
sung by Josh Groban
You Are the Reason
Calum Scott
Violin
Fiddler
Celtic Fiddler
Classical Violin
Jazz Violin
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Please note Karen Burciaga will also travel to Braintree, Cambridge, Newton, Readville, Brookline Village, Medford, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Wallaston, Watertown, West Medford, Weymouth, Arlington Heights, Holbrook, Melrose, Nonantum, North Quincy, Waverley, Dorchester, East Weymouth, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North Weymouth, Oakdale, South Weymouth, Waltham, Babson Park, Avon, Canton.
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