Side Project

In 2003 Karlus completed an E.P. of African music, with Kenyan Lyricist Kahoro Kibochi (pictured right).

I had no intention of creating a recording of African music. I was in the middle of trying to finish my own CD when Kibochi came to me for guitar lessons. Six months after we started, he began bringing me lyrics for a song he had in mind about the holiday Kwanza. King Sunny Ade and His African Beats was my first connection to music from the mother land. Check out “Synchro System” for a joyful jamming good time. Paul Simon’s record “Graceland” with Ladysmith Black Mambozo was also influential in crafting the sound for this record. Playing with musicians from West Africa (The African Blue Notes) and South Africa (The Pipes, Blondie Chaplin, Keith Lentin, and Anton Fig) was educational and electrifying. I’d never spoken a word of African before I met Kibochi, but the beauty of Kikuyu, Luo, and Swahili dialects made the learning a lot of fun. That’s me (born in the U.S.A) you hear on 90% of the vocals. You can hear Kahoro’s distinct vocals on the spoken words chants and some choruses.

These recordings are like musical abstract paintings to me. From a blank canvas I’m creating soundscapes of rhythms, chants, harmonies, and improvisation to create music that traverses the language barrier. I don’t know where the songs are going. Each one is its own adventure. When I listen back to this music, it’s almost like listening to the music of a stranger. I’m still discovering who that someone is.

The 9/11 Childrens Song Residency

The children’s song project started in the spring after September eleventh. The New York Times sponsored artists to go into schools that were directly affected by 9-11 to help children express themselves through the arts. The education department at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island chose me to do song writing residencies at these schools. Initially, participation was in grades one through five and eventually branched out to the sixth and seventh grades as well. Staten Island, with its blue collar population, was especially hard hit by the tragedy. All the classes had a child who had suffered a loss, making it personally painful for all of them. To my surprise, most of them had never spoken to anyone about their feelings. These feelings of sadness, anger, patriotism, hope, fear, and anything else on their minds became fodder for the songs.

One morning a particular third grade class drove home the reality of our new world in crystal clear form. I always let the children pick the topic and then the song title. This class chose the title “As The World Goes Round”, and they were buzzing with excitement ready to jump right in. I asked them to tell me activities they might be doing as the world is going round. I liked the first response of celebrating with friends and family and thought to myself, this is going well. I then asked for something they might be celebrating, and a bright eyed eager child in the first row raised her hand and volunteered a birthday celebration. This is great I thought. We’ll get a rhyme for her birthday and be rolling. I turned back to the wide eyed innocent girl looking up at me and asked “when’s your birthday?” When she replied September Eleventh, the air went out of the room. A voice inside my head said she can’t be serious. Twenty seven pairs of nine year old eyes were looking at me, as unsure as I was about the next step. Gathering myself from this shock, I looked at her and asked, “So your birthday is September 11th?” She nodded yes and I thought okay Trapp, time to earn your pay. I turned back to the blackboard and wrote “Celebrating with my Friends and Family on my Birthday on 9-11. I turned back around and said “okay class – give me some rhymes for one. Hands all around the classroom shot up in the air

He has also written an album worth of songs with Staten Island and
New York City school children who were directly affected by Sept.
11th and the aftermath of recovery.

The children’s song project started in the spring after September eleventh. The New York Times sponsored artists to go into schools that were directly affected by 9-11 to help children express themselves through the arts. The education department at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island chose me to do song writing residencies at these schools. Initially, participation was in grades one through five and eventually branched out to the sixth and seventh grades as well. Staten Island, with its blue collar population, was especially hard hit by the tragedy. All the classes had a child who had suffered a loss, making it personally painful for all of them. To my surprise, most of them had never spoken to anyone about their feelings. These feelings of sadness, anger, patriotism, hope, fear, and anything else on their minds became fodder for the songs.

One morning a particular third grade class drove home the reality of our new world in crystal clear form. I always let the children pick the topic and then the song title. This class chose the title “As The World Goes Round”, and they were buzzing with excitement ready to jump right in. I asked them to tell me activities they might be doing as the world is going round. I liked the first response of celebrating with friends and family and thought to myself, this is going well. I then asked for something they might be celebrating, and a bright eyed eager child in the first row raised her hand and volunteered a birthday celebration. This is great I thought. We’ll get a rhyme for her birthday and be rolling. I turned back to the wide eyed innocent girl looking up at me and asked “when’s your birthday?” When she replied September Eleventh, the air went out of the room. A voice inside my head said she can’t be serious. Twenty seven pairs of nine year old eyes were looking at me, as unsure as I was about the next step. Gathering myself from this shock, I looked at her and asked, “So your birthday is September 11th?” She nodded yes and I thought okay Trapp, time to earn your pay. I turned back to the blackboard and wrote “Celebrating with my Friends and Family on my Birthday on 9-11. I turned back around and said “okay class – give me some rhymes for one. Hands all around the classroom shot up in the air

Film/TV

Various Japanese Television commercials
The American Dream is Over – An independent film by Tom Lawrence The Haunting (UPN)
General Hospital (ABC) – “RAINING DEEP INSIDE” (WOW) was featured on its September 11 broadcast in the Fall of 2003.

Karlus trapp solo Set Lists

1)Say Hey (I Love You) M. Franti
2) Could You Be loved /B. Marley
3) Here Comes The Sun/ Beatles
4) Hey Soul Sister/ Train
5) Drift Away/Dobie Gray
6) Toes/Zac Brown Band
7) Put Your records On/Corrine Baily Rae
8) Forget You/Cee lo Green
9) 3 Little Birds/ B.Marley
10) Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Hawaiian style)
11) Ring Of Fire/J.Cash
12) Mercy/Duffy

1)Iko Iko/Belle Stars
2)The Longest time/ Billy Joel
3)Banana Pancakes/Jack Johnson
4) I’m Yours/ Jayson Mraz
5) You Never Can Tell/Pulp Fiction
6) Umbrella/Rihanna
7)Crash/Dave Matthews
8)You Sexy thing/ Hot Chocolate
9)Every Little thing She Does..?Police
10) Abracadabra/ Steve Miller band
11)Waiting On The World To Change/John Mayer

KARLUS PRODUCED JOAN CADDELLS ALMOST NAKED CD,2009

Karlus produced and played instruments on Joan Caddell’s 2009 release “Almost Naked.Highlights are “Frequencies Of Love”, and “Wanna Be In Love Again”

Karlus plays electric guitars , and electric bass as well as keybds and drum prpgrams on
“Frequencies Of Love”
“Wanna Be In Love Again”
“Penance”
“Romeo And Juliet”
“Cry” Elec. guit. and bass

KARLUS PRODUCES SONGS WITH CARA LANZI

Karlus produced and co-wrote songs with singer Cara Lanzi in 2007, and 2011. Fresh out of college and winning a vocal contest at Wagner college, Cara lanzi came to karlus Trapp to get a demo produced. They wound up co- writing 3 songs since then, featuring Cara’s natural gift, and no frills songwriting nack. Highlights,are the reggae influenced “3:09″,the jazzy “Brighter Days”, and the funky ” Exit Sign.

Bass player with The NEW MODERN ENGLISH

Karlus was the bass player for Ted Mason and the New Modern English. Ted Mason,one of the original members and songwriters of their hit “I’LL MELT WITH YOU” ” chose Karlus to play electric bass and to replace “Mugs ” of “Living Colour ” as the New Modern English bass player. The previous bass player was Daryll Jones, the ” ROLLING STONES ” long time bass player. Good company.

Karlus trapp solo Set Lists

1)Say Hey (I Love You) M. Franti
2) Could You Be loved /B. Marley
3) Here Comes The Sun/ Beatles
4) Hey Soul Sister/ Train
5) Drift Away/Dobie Gray
6) Toes/Zac Brown Band
7) Put Your records On/Corrine Baily Rae
8) Forget You/Cee lo Green
9) 3 Little Birds/ B.Marley
10) Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Hawaiian style)
11) Ring Of Fire/J.Cash
12) Mercy/Duffy

1)Iko Iko/Belle Stars
2)The Longest time/ Billy Joel
3)Banana Pancakes/Jack Johnson
4) I’m Yours/ Jayson Mraz
5) You Never Can Tell/Pulp Fiction
6) Umbrella/Rihanna
7)Crash/Dave Matthews
8)You Sexy thing/ Hot Chocolate
9)Every Little thing She Does..?Police
10) Abracadabra/ Steve Miller band
11)Waiting On The World To Change/John Mayer

Karlus trapp solo Set Lists,New Orleans

1) IKO IKO
2) RING OF FIRE
3) HEY POCKY WAY
4) TOES
5) DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT
6) YOU SEXY THING
7) MERCY
8) LATE IN THE EVENING
9) YOU NEVER CAN TELL (C’EST LA VIE)
10) LA VIE EN ROSE

Karlus Trapp Band Set List

1)The Joker/Steve Miller
2) Steal My Kisses/ Ben Harper
3) Low Rider/ War
4) Banana Pancakes/Jack Johnson
5) No Woman No Cry/Bob Marley
6) Superstition/S.Wonder
7) Crazy/Gnarls Barkley
8) Crosstown Traffic/ Jimi Hendrix
9) Mercy/Duffy
10) You Never Can Tell/Pulp Fiction
11) Could You Be Loved/ B.Marley
12) what I Got/ Sublime
13) Tightrope/Stevie Ray Vaughn
14) Sol Makosa/Manu Di Bango
15) Use Me Bill Withers/lenny Karvitz
16) Iko Iko/ Dr. John
17) Upside Down/Jack Johnson
18) Keep On DancingMe/Marvin Gaye


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