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Catherine Sikora

Since working her way to New York to study abstract improvisation, coming from a completely music-free schooling in Ireland, Catherine Sikora has become a well-known face and sound in New York creative music circles, performing regularly around the New York area and beyond, both as a leader and as a sideman. Her undeniably original approach sets her voice apart from everyone else, even when surrounded by the most original and creative voices in New York City. Current projects include Clockwork Mercury with Eric Mingus, a duo project with Jeremy Bacon, 22 with Matt Lavelle and the Catherine Sikora trio with Francois Grillot and Bob Hubbard

Unlayered

Label: Elegant Walk Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Behind the Missing Whisper; Luculent Jiggle; Thriving Ring; Queen of the Underground; Dance of Endless Encounter; Seldom Disguise; The Sweetest Finding; Illustrious Bickering; Oust No More; What of What We Are; Once.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrique Haneine: Unlayered

Read "Unlayered" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whether he leads from his drummer's stool or his the piano bench, drummer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Enrique Haneine is a mischievous creator, assembling different blocks to form other different blocks, stacking, unstacking, widening the fall zone with each new release. It's an aesthetic that keeps you jumping hoops but, most importantly, listening hard to the logic employed.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Drummers As Leaders

Read "Drummers As Leaders" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Drummers are not necessarily the first musicians you think of as bandleaders but there is a long tradition of drummer-leaders in jazz from Chick Webb and Gene Krupa to Art Blakey and Paul Motian. Here are two current, lesser-known drummers who keep that lineage going in different formats. Enrique Haneine The Mind's Mural ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrique Haneine: The Mind's Mural

Read "The Mind's Mural" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Drawing from influences as diverse as his Latin heritage, Middle Eastern rhythms, and the sounds of New York life, Grammy-nominated drummer/percussionist and pianist Enrique Haneine fashions his latest, The Mind's Mural, into a totally accessible free-form session that is both easy and challenging to the ear. A vibrant pianist, Haneine, as he did on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

BAN BAM: Music Talking

Read "BAN BAM: Music Talking" reviewed by Ian Patterson

BAN BAM The Complex jny:Dublin, Ireland November 25, 2017 BAN BAM is a new, one-day festival by Improvised Music Company--an initiative to address the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music. A related All About Jazz article covered the conversations by industry professionals around the gender issue that took place in the ...

Jersey

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Ripped From The Headlines; The Knowing Of Sums; Firefly Night; Pistol Grip; Barn Door Open; The Edge Of Truth; Clashes With Ice; After All; Scapegoat; Mirrorless; Storms A Brewin'; Speedbag Swivel; Tassels On The Day.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Many other writers have submitted superb Best of/End of year lists, so another similar one would be redundant. As women instrumentalists in jazz have been historically underrepresented to great degree and remain a minority even today, below is a list with a feminist bent. These 12 exquisite albums are either by women or prominently feature women. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Catherine Sikora: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Catherine Sikora makes a bold and singular statement with her solo album Jersey. Each of the 13 tracks is both a fully realized and poignant stand-alone monologue as well as an essential link in an intimate and deeply personal artistic expression. A serene, logical progression of notes transforms the calm “The Knowing of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrique Haneine: Instants Of Time

Read "Instants Of Time" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

New York based multi-instrumentalist Enrique Haneine dazzled the music world with superb pianism on the 2005 collaborative release At the End of the Day (Foxhaven, 2005). Ten years later, he leads his sextet on the gripping and spirited Instants Of Time this time from the drummer seat. Haneine is a native of Mexico of ...


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