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Cath Roberts

Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her primary outlet as a composer and improviser on baritone saxophone is the quintet Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums. She leads ten piece improvising ensemble Favourite Animals, and has a long-standing duo with guitarist Anton Hunter, Ripsaw Catfish. As bandmate, Cath is a member of Madwort Sax Quartet, Vole, Article XI and Alex Ward’s Item 10 amongst other groups. She co-runs LUME with Dee Byrne, producing concerts, tours and festivals since 2013 and releasing music on an offshoot label, Luminous. Cath is also part of the group of musicians who run BRÅK, an improvised music series taking place in Brockley, South East London. (2018)


‘Lurching between riff and abstraction… maintains an elegant balance between emergent melody and the wilder activity at its fringes’ – The Wire

‘Startling moments of altered perspective’ – Bandcamp Daily

‘Consider this an important contribution to the debate about spontaneity versus form.’ – Jazzwise

‘An agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes.’ – The Quietus


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Relative Pitch Records



Relative Pitch Records


Going Down The Well

Unit Records


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