Karin Griffin set up and manages Casablanca Sounds and is passionate about bringing accessible, quality live music to the Venues, Restaurants, Hotels and Events in the Gold Coast working closely with their managers and other accomplished musicians to do so.
She is an accomplished Electric and Semi Acoustic Violinist in her own right and has extensive skills and experience playing with some of the world’s best musicians. Her experience is from diverse styles and genre from Classical Orchestral works & West End Shows to Baroque to Rock & Roll, Gypsy Jazz to Beethoven, Country & Western, Bee Bop, Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock and most in between.
Karin has been privileged to share the stage with such greats as: Eric Clapton, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Adler & Sinead O’Connor and regularly worked with the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Pop Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra (from it’s inception). She has performed on films such as Licence to Kill (various 007 movies) and Mad Max 1 & 2 starting her career in Melbourne with Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband she brings a breadth and depth of unusual performance skills.
Karin has played acoustic and electric violin in bands since the late 1970’s and has the added experience from the 1980’s of working at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as their resident sound engineer for about 8months. (The only female sound engineer ever!) working with high profile artists. She has also performed at various international restaurants and hotels in London including the at The Ritz for Lady Di and other royals, and worked as a first call freelancer.
While resident In Perth WA Karin lead the Hot August Night String section and has been invited to appear with local bands as their electric fiddle/violinist, played Gypsy Jazz and Swing with a duo, and lead on Electric Violin in the band, Parker Avenue. She also guested at Ellington Jazz Club.
In Brisbane she has performed as guest artist with Jon English and Peter Couples, Tom Foolery, The Duke, Virginia Sook, and at venues like the Brisbane Jazz Club, the Brooklyn Standard and as a member of the group, 3 Drink Limit. In 2021 she has been invited once again to lead the orchestra with the “Hot August Night” season in Sydney.
Karin currently performs on a “Spur” semi acoustic violin in Casablanca Sounds.