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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).

Upcoming gigs:

April 23rd, The Bells Keep On Ringing, an evening of spoken word celebrating Lou Reed

Clockwork Mercury (Catherine Sikora and Eric Mingus) will accompany Peter Aaron for his reading of two poems by Lou Reed.

8-11pm Wed. April 23

admission free

61 Local,

61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, May 4: Night of the Saxes 

7:30 pm James Brandon Lewis Trio: James Brandon Lewis, saxophone; Max Johnson, bass; Dominic Fragman, drums 

9 pm Sikora-Chase Duo: Catherine Sikora, saxophone; Brian Chase, drums.  

Why Not Jazz Room 

14 Christopher Street New York, NY

1 train to Christopher Street, or any train to West 4th 

Reservations Strongly Suggested: Whynotjazzroom1@gmail.com

Wine, Cheeses, Beer, Teas, Coffees, Light Fare

$10 cash donation per set unless noted otherwise.

June 2nd, details TBA, with Ursel Schlicht and others

Brooklyn, NY

June 6, 2014 (TBC): ISIM, New York

  Eris 136199: Nick Didkovsky/Han-earl Park/Catherine Sikora

June 13 - 15, 2014, Casse-Tête festival at The Exploration Place in Prince George, British Columbia. Casse-Tête is a festival of experimental music—improvisation, free jazz, avant-garde compositions, minimalism, post-rock, noise, and more.



Click on the images below to listen to and purchase these recordings....thanks!

Photo by Jason X Lee

  Catherine Sikora, Saxophonist

Equipment:

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

Press:

Tracks In The Dirt reviewed:

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2013/12/catherine-sikora-han-earl-park-francois.html

Review of Catherine Sikora, Ian Smith and Han-Earl Park (Cork, 4-04-2011) on Dave Sumner's site:

http://www.birdistheworm.com/?p=3135

and two more reviews of the same recording, both on freejazz-stef.blogspot.com:

here and here. Click on the album artwork at the left of this page to get to the Bandcamp page for this album.

Other press quotes:

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)

Sikora is a free-blowing player’s player with a spectacular harmonic imagination and an evolved understanding of the tonal palette of the saxophone.

-Chris Elliot, Seacoast online

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.

-Kevin O’Reilly 

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.

I only have a raw provisional copy of the CD; I didn't know the definite one has come out in the meantime. Got to get one myself one of these days.

-Thomas Kohler, All About Jazz forum

(get Lullabies For Wolves here)

Sikora, who absolutely burns on “My Favorite Things,” deserves special mention—not only for her work on that tune, where she gets inside of Coltrane's style, but anywhere she plays.

-Budd Kopman, All About Jazz



Sikora’s statements on tenor and soprano saxophone paid great attention to both silence and sound; her lines were as sharply defined as a strand of carefully spaced gems on a necklace.

-Fred Cisterna, The Brooklyn Rail, September 2006


A creator of dissonant and melodic flowing lines, Sikora speaks clearly through her sax. Her phrases are purposeful statements and no notes are wasted.

-Noah Marmar, April 2006

 www.freshoutmedia.com

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Catherine Sikora

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