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ABOUT


'Katta moans, whispers, roars, caresses and generally provides an unearthly accompaniment to some vivid organ colour.'  Gramophone

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ABOUT


'Katta moans, whispers, roars, caresses and generally provides an unearthly accompaniment to some vivid organ colour.'  Gramophone

about

In Katta's music, ancient and modern worlds come together, the sacred meets the profane, and technological chasms are crossed: you might hear her play on some of the world's most treasured pipe organs in churches and cathedrals, or on her state-of-the-art, custom-built electric touring organ - and whether the ambience is provided by the dreamy acoustics of vaulted sacred spaces, or electronic soundscapes weaving in and out of her organ lines, the spirit of her music is unmistakeable: ethereal, experimental, arresting.

Katta first came to international prominence as a classical organist and harpsichordist, performing with orchestras such as Anima Eterna (with Jos van Immerseel), Zurich Chamber Orchestra (with Sir Roger Norrington), the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra - but it was when she started writing and performing her own music that her artistic identity truly asserted itself. 2016's 'Veni Sancte Spiritus' album was the first to showcase her compositions – other-worldly, spiritual works featuring distinctive vocals and tinkling, percussive bells: by turns lyrical and jarring, they seemed to come from a distant and mysterious past, and yet to belong entirely to the present.

Katta performs these works in solo recitals and in arrangements for organ and orchestra. In addition, she collaborates with artists from the worlds of electronica and rock, writing and performing experimental and song-based material.

Katta's music - unconfined by genre, yet always instantly recognisable as her own - is living proof that the organ remains a vital instrument in the 21st century.

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MUSIC


MUSIC


veni Sancte Spiritus

Katta's 'Veni Sancte Spiritus' concert programme sees her performing her own compositions together with organ works by Bach, Part, and Messaien, taking listeners on a spiritual and emotional journey they will not quickly forget.

With her trademark barefoot pedalwork, her percussive flourishes of bells and chimes, and her resonant, earthy vocals, Katta takes audiences beyond conventional notions of what an organ concert can be.

Customised light and sound design add layers of atmosphere to what has been hailed a one-of-a-kind musical performance. 'Veni Sancte Spiritus' is also available as an album.



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CONCERTS


CONCERTS



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MY INSTRUMENT


MY INSTRUMENT


 

"The organ belongs in the church. I love playing in sacred spaces, as that's where the organ sounds best. At the same time I want to have the freedom and the opportunity to get the organ into places where it can't normally be heard. And that's what led me to want to build my own touring instrument."


 

"My instrument was custom-built by Eduard Toman's Czech company Shan, which created my ideal organ, fulfilling all the technical criteria and parameters necessary for playing everything from the classical repertoire to my own experimental  projects. The result is a sleekly-designed white organ with a light yet sufficiently resilient construction that makes it suited to touring." (www.shan.cz)


 

"My organ sound is made up of samples of some of the most beautiful instruments from various countries and historical periods. Working with Jiri Zurek, the head of the Sonus Paradisi project, and his team, I documented original and rare instruments from around the world to create a unique palette of organ sounds that represents my ideal for the instrument." (www.sonusparadisi.cz)