Hello! Thanks for visiting. 2013 was a busy and fruitful year, with some new music coming out- see the left side of this page for links to Elemental (duo with Ziv Ravitz) and Tracks In the Dirt (trio with Han-earl Park and Francois Grillot, where I play solely soprano sax) and Arbour. Arbour is a first for me, as it is a cassette only release on the Fort Evil Fruit label from Dublin. It's a recording of a show I played in Dublin last February, with two very fine Irish musicians, Colm O'Hara on trombone and David Lacey on drums. As with Elemental, the cover artwork for Arbour was provided by the wonderful James McCaul (If you'd like to purchase one of his paintings, send me an email and I will put you in contact with him. I've lived with several of his paintings on my walls for some time now, and I love them).
More music is coming soon. If you happen to be in NYC, I will be playing at the Evolving Music Series (Vision Festival) at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on February 24th, in duo with drummer Brian Chase. We go on at 7:30.
Click on the images below to listen to and purchase these recordings....thanks!
Photo by Jason X Lee
Catherine Sikora, Saxophonist
Catherine is proud to play Bari reeds and a Soprano Planet mouthpiece.
Tracks In The Dirt reviewed:
The player to emerge most from this sonic mélange is Sikora. With a tone reminiscent of Jan Garbarek circa 1974, she avoids gratuitous displays of technical facility like the neo-boppers or constantly playing the high-energy card as some avant garde sax screamers might. Rather, she projects sincerity in the moment of improvisation. (from review of Francois Grillot's Contraband, New York City Jazz Record)
I just picked up this cd, Lullabies for Wolves, last night direct from the artist and I'm really blown away. I was in town to see David Ware solo at the Stone and stopped by another venue just to grab this cd. The band, Beasts at Play, consists of Catherine Sikora on tenor and Ziv Ravitz on drums. It's a passionate, soulful cd reminiscent of Kidd Jordon's essential "Palm of Soul" release. Sikora's plaintive wail really grooves throughout. I highly recommend finding this… I don't know her and I've yet to see her live but this cd smokes. My favorite release of 07 thus far.
A fascinating experience, listening to this recording. It reminds me of some of the things Max Roach did with Archie Shepp. I met Catherine a few weeks ago, and she had a number of interesting things to say about how the music came about.
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