Cristi Catt is a classically-trained singer and improviser with a passion for oral/folk and medieval traditions mixed with new music. She is known for creating vocal lines over the grooves of Blue Thread, Hourglass, Telltale Crossing and Le Bon Vent, and as a co-founder of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Tapestry, winners of Chamber Music America’s Recording of the Year and Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik Prize. A frequent performer of modern music, she performed Steve Reich’s Tehillim with the Colorado Symphony and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. The L.A.Times writes “the stunning solo excursions by Cristi Catt were as radiant and exciting as any singing I’ve heard all season.” Catt has performed throughout the U.S. Europe, Russia, and South America. She has recordings with Telarc International, Erato/Time Warner and MDG/Koch International. An active director, music director and vocal coach, she served as music director for Boston Playwrights’ US Premiere of “The Rosenbergs” by Joachim Holbek (best known for his film scores for Lars von Trier.)
As a teacher, Catt takes a kinesthetic approach, combining singing with imagery and physical work based on yoga and sports physiology to open the voice, ground the breath, improve body alignment and create a deeper sense of vocal line and expression. Her students sing in a wide variety of styles ranging from students’ original music to early, world and folk music to musical comedy, jazz, contemporary, classical and impressionism. She enjoys working with her students to find their unique musical path and repertoire that truly suits their voice, their personality and their passion. Catt is the author of The Kinesthetic Singer: Lessons on Singing from Yoga and Basketball. She also teaches at Berklee College of Music and prior to NEC, taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has presented lectures, workshops and master classes internationally.
Recordings include Angeli, Celestial Light, Song of Songs: Come into my Garden and Fourth River with Telarc International, Sapphire Night and Faces of a Woman with German Label, MDG, Goodnight Marc Chagall with Canadian Label Epact and Carmina Burana with Erato/Time Warner. In her most recent recording project, she joins forces with fellow Tapestry singer Daniela Tosic to collaborate with members of the Horse Flies, Richie Stearns, banjo and Taki Masuko, percussion.
B.M. in voice, University of Kansas, M.M. in early music, Longy School of Music; Post-graduate studies with Rudolph Knoll at the Mozarteum, Salzburg Austria as a Rotary Fellow. Research grants to Portugal and southern France, Private voice studies with Nina Hinson. Cristi is a registered E-RYT 200, YACEP® yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Photo by Susan Wilson