(aka Mimi Vogel)
Karen has sung the blues, jazz, rock, folk, accapella choirs, mass choirs, fun funerals and flash mob sing alongs....she has performed her poetry and prose at events at Edinburgh Fringe, Bath Fringe, Avon Poetry society amongst many others and has danced with Bristol group The Cauldron of Colours. She also toured the UK with South West Arts funding with a group of musicians re-energising the alternative Jazz world of the legendary Albert Ayler. She has also worked with many natural voice practitioners and shamanistic teachers to access the inner voice.
As a member of BABAL, Karen uses the voice as an instrument and route to the soul of the music, incorporating short and tall tales of a world alternately viewed with clarity and through veils of misunderstanding.
Immersed in an aural cauldron at a very early age Rob’s career has followed many diverse and strange paths. He has played in far too many bands and individual artists to mention in the UK and Europe.
Maverick guitarist, synthesist and composer, Robs unique style forms the centrifugal force of BABAL’s sound, ranging from the darkly mournful to the acerbic and elegantly eccentric, whilst never losing touch with the spine of a song.
The perceptive and taut backline of BABAL. Jon’s drum journey began when, aged 10, he queued overnight to buy his first drum kit in a music sale!
Jon has worked with the Rita Lynch Band, The Skull Academy (musical psychotheatre) and pop band The Delegates. He has worked with Rob and Karen in various collectives (including Wise Children prior to BABAL) and is at the driving core of the music.
Fabulously inventive and intuitive, Bens bass wraps around the groove with ease, energy and surety. Ben is also lead guitarist in “Lord of Worms” and has worked with a variety of psychedelic bands and songwriters.
Zoie has worked extensively in the UK and abroad, notably touring with “The Psychedelic Warlords” amongst many. She also worked with Brighton-based alternative group “Solid Birds Flying”. She fronts her own band “ Lord of Worms” and wonderfully complements the BABAL sound with her beautiful keys, modulations and vocal harmonies.