Karina Rykman Releases ‘Arbitrary’ Single & Cancels Indoor Shows

Bassist Karina Rykman unveiled “Arbitrary,” the latest in a string of singles. Additionally, Karina announced the cancelation of three indoor concerts originally scheduled for August due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Rykman’s performances in Columbus on August 17, Chicago on August 18 and Denver on August 21 have been scrapped. “Even with all the precautions in place, I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they want to come to the show, but feel uncomfortable indoors – as so many of your DMs have expressed, and as I completely understand,” Karina wrote in a post on her social media channels. “To be the reason someone would grapple with, and go against their judgment on something like that feels horrible.”

The bassist will still move forward with outdoor performances, including appearances at the Catskill Mountain Jubilee and Summer Camp festivals. “PLEASE get vaccinated, don’t go out if you feel unwell, and I’m so, so sorry to have to make this call,” Rykman added. “I was so looking forward to the shows. Thank you for your understanding.” Ticketholders can receive refunds via point of purchase or hold on to their tickets “as we will surely be rescheduling these dates when it’s prudent to do so.”

Read the full statement from Karina regarding her decision to cancel three indoor shows:


“Arbitrary” follows the release of singles “No Occasion,” “Dirty South,” “City Kids,” “Elevator” and “Plants.” The six tracks have been shared over a two-year period.

“‘Arbitrary’ is the weirdo, slacker, groove-based tune I’ve been hearing in my head for ages. It was created at Candid Studios in Williamsburg with producer Gabe Monro, whom I have the sincere pleasure of working with,” explained Rykman. “Adam November contributed some amazing ambiance created with two DL4s and many, many delays.”

“I wanted to write a bass line you would want to actually live inside of, with words that reflect the erratic and whimsical nature of the world,” Karina added. “It’s sort of the Jekyll to my last single’s (‘No Occasion’) Hyde – I feel I’m starting to paint a bigger picture of my eclectic tendencies, and I’m thrilled to unleash ‘Arbitrary’ out into the world. Play it loud, bass up, bliss out, and enjoy. Impulse is often to the contrary, especially when everything is arbitrary.”

Listen to Karina Rykman’s “Arbitrary” below: