Get to know us
Our team is small, but we have big hearts and bigger dreams for what Raleigh can become.

Karl Thor

Owner

Karl’s nomme de guerre is Eye d’Neau. In addition to the bio on Imurj Radio for Eye d'Neau, you should know that Karl's parents met during the (real...1929) Depression in a Country and Western Band called "The Bar X Riders"...mom sang and yodeled and dad played guitars and fiddle. I was born lovin' music and will die lovin' music. You can hear 6 studio songs that I'm proud of, and a good number of "basement recordings" that I ain't ashamed of, on Imurj Radio. You can catch me live at Imurj open mics on most Wednesdays. Introduce yourself...I love talking to musicians and artists...they're weird like me!

Jim Shires

General Manager

Jim has 25+ years experience in bar management and talent booking for live music venues in the Raleigh area. He is North Carolina native and attended Brevard College and NC state. Jim enjoys local independent cinema, art and being part of Raleigh's growth as we enter a new decade. Imurj is a welcoming venue and Jim enjoys the wide variety of events and opportunities it offers to the local, regional as well as national music industry.

Jess Cook

Bar Manager

Jess has worked in a variety of different facets of the music industry. She worked at Deep South The Bar as a bartender and Bar Manager, and currently still works with Deep South Entertainment. She has worked with national acts as well as local artists and is particularly passionate about live music. Jess enjoys Imurj's creative space and being able to make drinks while being a part of the local music scene. On her days off you can catch Jess exploring food/drinks unique to downtown Raleigh, live shows, traveling, or cuddling at home with her pug, Luna.

Paul Voran

Chief Audio Engineer & Production Manager

Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the rapidly changing, fast-paced Raleigh lifestyle and music scene. As the Chief Audio Engineer and Production Manager, I have a mouthful of a title that allows me to creatively work with clients to fully realize their project visions. During a typical day, you can find me in the studio mixing with a cup of black coffee in hand or on location shooting video & photo - helping others tell their stories.

Bethany Studnicky

Director of Arts & Exhibitions

Bethany began her career as visual artist and graphic designer in 2013 while studying at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating with a dual degree in Visual Communications and Visual Arts/Art History, she moved to Raleigh to pursue her artwork. From 2018 to 2019, Bethany was the artist in residence at 311 Gallery and served as the Creative Director for a specialty marketing firm in Durham. Bethany joined the Imurj team as the Director of Arts & Exhibitions in May, 2019. She loves a good bowl of ice cream, puppies, and helping artists develop their passions.

Amber Echevarria

Artist Market & Marketing Manager

Her experience working with marketing of and design for major label artists combined with her involvement in the local art scene has created a great foundation for her work at Imurj. Supported by her degree in Advertising Art Direction and experience with merchandising for her own local brand, Amber is a great fit for her role in managing the marketing, design, & Artist Market at Imurj. Her other interests include coffee, her dog, and exploring new places.

Fernando Sanders

Facilities & ASST. Bar Manager

With a background and current dwelling in music, performing, poetry, promotion & marketing, craft beer, along with being deeply avid peruser of arts, it was no wonder how and why a place like Imurj attracted me. Seeing to the well being of this place is challenging task, yet has helped me develop and solidify skills.

Eli Webb

Audio Engineer/Producer

As a North Carolina native, Eli believes that local artists and businesses are an essential part of our cultural identity. After working as a musician and sound technician across the state, he fell in love with the inclusive, ever-growing scene in Raleigh and decided to call it home. Through his work as a producer and audio engineer, Eli is able to take an active role in helping others hone their craft and truly stand on their own as artists and entrepreneurs.

Emily Epp

Producer

Emily is our in house videographer and photographer, capturing any and all events at Imurj as well as on location shoots, including band photos and music videos. Emily keeps busy shooting and editing all around Raleigh, and you can often find her working at coffee shops in downtown editing her latest projects. With a passion for visual arts and music Imurj has allowed Emily to hit the ground running after graduating from Wichita State University in 2018.

Phian Tran

Booking + Events Management

She/her. Phian is an NCSU alum with a background in community organizing and event production. Her love for local art and music was born during her time as a DJ at WKNC. She’s passionate about building spaces where traditionally underrepresented artists and musicians can come together and thrive, and is an advocate for a more equitable, artful Raleigh.

Join Our Team
Become a part of our movement to make Raleigh an arts destination.

Are you interested in joining the Imurj team? We are always seeking hard working, talented, passionate people that support the arts, and our mission. We accept applications on rolling basis for positions at the Imurj bar, artist market, gallery, and production team. Please only use application form provided here, as we will not accept email solicitations. Imurj is an equal opportunity employer.

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