Reviews that mention Catherine Sikora

December 11, 2015

Han-earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovsky/Josh Sinton

Anomic Aphasia

By Ken Waxman

Joining those improvisers who conceive of a playbook for interactive tactics – his is called Metis 9 – is guitarist Han-earl Park, Cork, Ireland’s gift to jazz. Now in NYC, Park, who has played in Wadada Leo Smith and Pauline Oliveros ensembles, uses what he calls “focused complexity” to formulate strategies here alongside tenor and soprano saxophonist Catherine Sikora – another Irish transplant – throughout the entire CD, plus Ideal Bread’s baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton on three tracks and Doctor Nerve guitarist Nick Didkovsky on two others. MORE

October 11, 2014

Ross Hammond

Humanity Suite
Prescott Recordings 2LMHSAS

By Ken Waxman

When is a program of music, specifically composed to be performed alongside visual art not a soundtrack? It’s when the suite is composed by a musician who admires the artist’s work, but doesn’t know which individual pieces will be on display. That’s the genesis of the sensitively descriptive Humanity Suite, recorded live at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.

When Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond found out that his gig coincided with an exhibition of works by Kara Walker, who uses fantastical but realistic imagery to comment on race, gender, sexuality and violence, he was inspired to create this two-part suite that bustles with vitality. Like Walker’s black cut-paper silhouettes it mixes harshness and delicacy. On top of the churning rhythms of bassist Kerry Kashiwagi and drummer Dax Compise, Hammond’s suite leaves plenty of room for improvisations from himself, Clifford Childers on trumpet, trombone, euphonium and harmonica; Vinny Golia on soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, singing bowl and other reeds, plus tenor saxophonist Catherine Sikora. MORE