Welcome to the website of saxophonist/ composer/ improviser Catherine Sikora.

Please see the links further down this page to listen to and purchase music.

Upcoming gigs:

Clockwork Mercury

Friday October 24th, 2300 hours

Umea Jazz Festival, StudioJazz Umea Folkets Hus

Umea, Sweden

Clockwork Mercury

Saturday October 25th, 2000 hours

Umea Jazz Festival, Sound Garden Flokets Hus

Umea, Sweden

Clockwork Mercury

Friday November 28th, 19h30

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Jazzy Colors Festival

Paris, France

Clockwork Mercury

Saturday November 29th, 8:30pm

The Dock Arts Centre,

Carrick On Shannon, Ireland

+PLUS late night w/ DJ Sterling || $5 after 11PM

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:


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


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


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Catherine Sikora

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