Catherine Sikora


Untitled: after, a duo recording with Brian Chase, was released in July 2018. This work, inspired by Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, is out on Chaikin Records, and also available on Bandcamp. Catherine and Brian will perform in New York City in October, and are planning to tour in Europe in spring 2019.

Reviews for untitled: after - 

"These noble musicians have performed courageous deeds on this fantastic album. To them, we should submit and yield tribute." ★★★★

- Robert Ham, DownBeat Magazine

Sikora’s performances are passionate and commanding. If there was any doubt that she ranks among the best of today’s avant-garde jazz players, this disc is a triumphant response.

No matter the pace, her sax is an absolute force. It’s not difficult to imagine more than a few accompanists shying away from an invitation to join her.

Which is precisely why Chase is such a well-suited partner. There is no second fiddle in this duo. He’s with Sikora every step of the way. The interplay is inspiring. 

- Kevin Press,

September will see the release of two more duo albums, one with Paris based pianist Christopher Culpo, titled The Spectral Life of Things, and the other a duo with Eric Mingus. 

Also coming soon (pre-orders in September): new album by Eris 136199 (Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky).

Catherine's solo debut 'Jersey' is available now on

Jersey was included in two best of 2016 lists: by Free Jazz Blog's Lee Rice Epstein and also by Tom Orange, Jazz Director of WCSB Cleveland.


With her fifth release as a leader, Sikora has produced her most mature and fully realized work yet. Her virtuosity and her ingenuity are in full view as she manages single handedly to thrill and engross through this intellectually provocative CD. The disc is a testament to the brilliance of Sikora's career.- Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz, 4.5 stars

Full review here:

As the album continues, the tempos and techniques used to express the spontaneous melodies vary, but the general pattern is set. Sikora has invited us into her musical world, and like the neighbor from Queens, it is our good fortune to be in its midsts. -Paul Acquaro, FreeJazzBlog, 4 stars

Full review here:

Sikora resembles [Evan] Parker on tenor saxophone in that she has created a personal language in which she sublimates technique according to what she wants to achieve and maintains a discernible relationship to the free jazz tradition in her syntax; she recalls another English saxophonist, John Butcher, in her absolute control and deployment of overtones. Where she remains distinct from both Butcher and Parker is in how she incorporates such dissonance into a stream of delicate abstract lyricism. -John Sharpe, New York City Jazz Record


Saxophonist, improviser and composer Catherine Sikora was born and raised in West Cork, Ireland. Self taught to begin with, she moved to New York City to study and play with great improvisers.

Sikora works in a broad range of settings, from highly complex composed music, to folk songs, to free improvisation. She works regularly with Eric Mingus, Enrique Haneine, Brian Chase, Han-earl Park, Stanley Zappa, Christopher Culpo and Ross Hammond, as well as actively pursuing solo performance.

In the past few years Sikora has toured in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She was a featured soloist in Eric Mingus’ radical reimagining of Tommy by the Who (Adelaide Festival 2015), and was artist in residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for the fall of 2014, working on a project inspired by stories from her female ancestors. Catherine's first solo album 'Jersey' was released on Relative Pitch Records in July 2016. 


Catherine is proud to play Bari reeds and a Soprano Planet mouthpiece.


September 21st8pm-9pm.

Duologues: featuring Catherine Sikora and Matthew Noone

Kilanena, co Clare

Booking essential.Free event for Clare Culture night.


September 30th, 12 noon, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Duo with Eric Mingus

October 4th, 8pm

Night of the Living Dead: 50th Anniversary Screening with Live Musical Accompaniment

Matthew Nolan – guitar / synth / electronics
Stephen Shannon - guitar / synth / electronics / sound design
Kevin Murphy – cello / vocal
Catherine Sikora Mingus – reeds


Guest appearance with Damo Suzuki

7:30PM May 25th, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, Ireland

Duo with Paul G. Smyth

June 28th, Lutherhaus, Adelaide Road, Dublin


February 14th, Duo with Brian Chase, RADIO WONDERLAND in Queens, NY at H0L0

February 17th Ibeam, Brooklyn, NYC, duos John Blum/ Brandon Lopez/ 

March 10th and 11th, Ireland, duo with Brian Chase: SPECTRUM festival

Oct. 21st 2pm - 8pm 

Sonic Vigil 

St. Peter’s Church 

North Main Street 

Cork City, Ireland

October 27th 21.00 - 22.30 

Vampyr Screening & Live Score

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Dublin, Ireland

November 1st 8:30pm 

Eris 136199

MS Stubnitz

Hamburg, Germany

November 2nd 8pm 

Eris 136199 


Copenhagen, Denmark

November 3rd 8:00pm

Eris 136199

Francis Close Hall

University of Gloucestershire

Cheltenham, England

November 4th time TBC

Eris 136199


Derby, England

November 5th 8:00pm

Eris 136199

The Bridge Hotel

Newcastle, England