Meet the Imurj Team
page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-603,qode-core-1.2,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,pitch-ver-2.1, vertical_menu_with_scroll,smooth_scroll,side_menu_slide_from_right,grid_1300,blog_installed,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.4.2,vc_responsive

Meet the Team

Managing Partner

Karl Thor

Personal Theme Song: An original “I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care”

Imurj Bar Order: PBR


Karl can’t make up his mind between science and music…he loves both.  Karl was born into a musical family and has been playin’ guitar for over 40 years and recorded a DIY (Do It Yourself) CD under the nom de guerre “Eye d’Neau”.  He was looking to supplement his retirement income by playing in local clubs, but getting gigs was a PITA.  Karl decided that if he was going to invest time figuring out all the issues involved in starting to play professionally without spending a lot of cash, he was going to capture the return on that investment by guiding other DIY amateur musicians on becoming an entry-level professional.  Therefore, Karl and his partner, Heather Burns, founded Imurj to build an “art and music incubator” where amateurs can get “hands on” help and network with other DIY musicians and visual artists, using the Imurj Café and Studios as a “community center” to “hang out”.

Managing Partner

Heather Burns

Personal Theme Song: “Incomplete” by Alanis Morissette

Imurj Bar Order: Amber ale


Heather Burns is a creative entrepreneur and fearlessly leads the Imurj team as Operations Director and Managing Partner. She has a BSBA and MBA from East Carolina University and a 20 year background in entrepreneurship and marketing.  After a successful career in marketing and restless in corporate America, Heather decided to pursue her own venture in 2003. Her company, SmartMomma, grew from an advice website to a $1.8 million annual grossing baby retail e-commerce and brick-and-mortar store in Raleigh. After ten years in the baby business, Heather was ready to tackle a new challenge. Heather’s philosophy is “I have a lot to teach and a lot to learn”. After a meeting with Karl Thor, Heather and Karl recognized the need for support of local artists and musicians in the Triangle. This need sparked the idea for Imurj, a collaborative arts and music space where local artists can work and play.

Audio Engineer

Paul Voran

Gallery Program Manager

Kenneth Proseus

Facility Manager

Fernando Sanders