corners

by Catherine Sikora

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“corners” was recorded in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on a beautiful Sunday in May 2021, as part of BAM Presents 1:1 Concerts© at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Curated by Silkroad

Each piece is a separate performance, played for one listener. I played from noon to 6pm, in that time giving 14 short concerts for 14 different listeners. There was a short break in between each piece, and a longer break in the middle of the day. It was an extraordinary experience, not only because of the unusual concert structure, but also because it was my first live performance in a very long time—aside from one concert in Paris, given to a private audience during an artist residency the previous August, I had not performed live in-person since early March 2020.

The room was, obviously, empty aside from me and my one listener at a time; it was a big open space, so the reverb you hear is all from this room, and as such it became a kind of duo partner for me. I played with the interaction of the sound in the space, reinforcing and contradicting overtones at times. The recording itself is somewhat accidental; I needed a way to keep track of time for each performance, I didn’t have a watch, and I wanted to be disconnected from all communication and web based devices, so I used my small Tascam recorder as a timekeeper. Afterwards, I was very pleasantly surprised by how well the recordings came out, and also encouraged by a few lovely emails that I received from some of my listeners. The tracks are presented in the order of performance, and all but two of them are included in this release; my recorder’s memory filled up in the middle of the second to last piece.

This marathon performance was a day of joy and bliss for me, coming as it did during such a difficult time, and after so much loss and grief in the 14 months that preceded it. I have always treasured performance as the most important thing that I can do, but now it has a whole new depth of meaning for me. The simple fact that I am still here and still able to do this thing that relies on having healthy, functioning lungs, feels like an enormous blessing that I will never again take for granted.

I want to thank Mazz Swift for curating the event, and all the Silkroad and BAM staff who made the process so safe and easy for everybody. Thanks especially to all of my listeners, for giving me your time and attention, and Lloyd and Ruth who took the time to email me afterwards.
Thank you Marty Ehrlich, for advising me on the best use of the woodwind players mask! It was a huge help.
Thanks to Eric Mingus for all the help and support in making this work ready to release.

Review on Avant Music News: avantmusicnews.com/2022/01/06/amn-reviews-catherine-sikora-corners-2021-bandcamp/
Review on Something Else: is.gd/Hgx8mX

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released December 17, 2021

All tracks composed by Catherine Sikora / Sikoracat Music BMI
Recorded by Catherine Sikora
Mixed and mastered by Eric Mingus

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Catherine Sikora New York, New York

Saxophonist, improviser and composer Catherine Sikora works as a solo performer and with many notable collaborators. In recent years Sikora has toured in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. She was a featured soloist in Eric Mingus’ radical reimagining of Tommy by the Who (Adelaide Festival 2015), and was artist in residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2014 and 2020. ... more

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