Friday, 5 June 2015

Cath Roberts All You Need to Know

Cath Roberts is an improvising baritone/alto saxophonist and composer from Northamptonshire, based in London. She leads two groups playing her compositions; Sloth Racket (formed for Gateshead Jazz Festival 2015) and Quadraceratops (which released an album in 2014 on Efpi Records). Cath writes and improvises new music with guitarist Anton Hunter as Ripsaw Catfish (which released an album in 2014 on Raw Tonk Records).
She is a member of the Madwort Sax Quartet, Anton Hunter’s Article XI, the eight-piece improvising saxophone group Saxoctopusand the collaborative quartet Word Of Moth. As a curator/promoter, she co-runs the weekly original/improvised music night LUME with Dee Byrne.
Cath completed an MMus in Jazz Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011, where she had saxophone tuition with Jean Toussaint, Christian Forshaw and Carlos Lopez-Real. She attended regular classes with Scott Stroman, Malcolm Edmonstone and Martin Hathaway. Also, over the course of the two years she studied with some fantastic visiting artists including Jim Black, Hilmar Jensson, Andrew D’Angelo, Mark Lockheart, Mark Turner, Mark Sanders, Eddie Prevost, Christian McBride, John Scofield and Dave Liebman. Since leaving Guildhall, Cath has attended F-IRE Collective workshops led by Barak Schmool and Stephane Payen.
In 2008 Cath co-founded the pop/New Orleans style brass band Hackney Colliery Band. She was involved with it until 2011, and many of her compositions and arrangements (mainly of 90’s hip hop!) can be found on the band’s eponymous first album (released in July 2011 on Wah Wah 45s records).  Cath has also composed production music for JW Media Music and Reelscape Productions.

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