Catherine Marie Charlton's soulful interpretations ”...will linger long in the ear and in the mind...” (Jazz da Gama).
Addressing her creative process for her free improvisations, Charlton states: “When I improvise at the piano, my goal is to embody mindfulness. In order to musically express my inner emotions and touch listeners' hearts through my own vulnerability, I must surrender to flow and trust completely in all my years of practice. It’s about self-acceptance—not caring what “genre” of music pours from my fingers, letting go of judgement of “wrong notes“, and staying present in the moment without over-thinking the journey's next steps.”
As a young girl, Catherine Marie was fascinated by a myriad of musical influences: Romantic and Impressionist piano music from her classical studies, Virginia fiddle music, and Windham Hill artists Liz Story and George Winston. After completing a combined engineering and music degree from Cornell University, music by various European and free jazz improvisational masters (Keith Jarrett, David Darling, Cecil Taylor, et al.) tilted her more and more in their direction. She went on to perform extensively in a piano-percussion duo, and in recent years with her trio with bassist Steve Meashey and percussionist J. Jody Janetta.
Twelve albums over 20+ years include Maiden's Voyage (2015), broadcast extensively on jazz radio, including PRI's Jazz After Hours, a December 2016 debut on the ambient record label Spotted Peccary, as half of the duo Weingarten-Charlton, and a spring 2017 Phil’s Records’ classical-crossover new age album inspired by the art and creative philosophies of painter Andrew Wyeth and his family, collaborating with four Grammy® winners including producer/label owner Phil Nicolo. Performances include NYC's Metropolitan Room, The National Press Club, and Argentina’s United States Embassy. She has won grants, residencies, and awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Parents’ Choice Foundation, Independent Music Awards, GLAMOUR Magazine, ZMR Awards, and is a three-time Individual Artist Fellow of the Delaware Division of Arts. The New York City Jazz Record says her “crystalline style...soars...”.