Good friends and nice strangers,
I am delighted to announce that my album “It Happens Like That” is now available on all streaming platforms.
Gershwin once said that in order to come up with a good song, he had to go through twelve bad songs. I haven’t exactly counted my ratio but I can tell you that I only allowed my “good songs” to be in this collection. Hope you will agree. Writing a song is a special art in which you have to find the perfect intersection where heart and mind meet. At least that’s how I try to write. This album is a real labor of love.
I had an incredible chance to work on it with my musical idol, a living legend in the world of jazz and someone I admire and have dreamed of collaborating with for years – Gil Goldstein. He arranged all the songs exquisitely and produced the whole album while dispelling the myth that you should never work with your idols and heroes because you will end up disappointed. Working with Gil has been a pure joy and the greatest privilege of my life.
In addition to Gil, I would like to thank all of the wonderful musicians who worked on this project for their unique and magnificent contributions: Ulysses Owens Jr., Yasushi Nakamura, Steve Cardenas, Rit Xu, Cafe da Silva, Michael Davis, David Gould, Kathleen Nester, Sheryl Ann Henze, Stuart Mack and CJ Camerieri. Many thanks to Steve Rodby!
So this is it. Hope these songs soothe your broken hearts, or improve your happiness, or spice up anything that needs a spice … In other words, I hope they make you feel something. Because what is music if not a shared feeling?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my work and listening to my music. The full album is here: https://lnk.to/katherine.
Katherine was born with a passion for music and discovered her love of literature at a young age. From the moment she heard jazz, she was seduced. She devoted her time to listening to Ella Fitzgerald and immersed herself in the songs of Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Ivan Lins, Bill Evans and George Gershwin.
At the age of eight, after her family succumbed to their endless calls for a piano, she began formal training in classical music. She made her stage debut at the age of nine. She wrote her first song at age twelve. Her first poems were published when she was fourteen. An avid reader of several languages, she has always been inspired by the beauty and power of words.
In a life full of twists and turns, she took a break from music only to return years later with renewed vigor and passion.
Katherine’s songs, like her voice, are not easy to categorize: languid and playful, romantic and independent, her musical style and lyrics draw on her lived experiences around the world, capturing the complexities and contradictions of the life. Resigned and rebellious, vulnerable and resilient, wise and frivolous, her lyrics and melodies run through the full range of human emotions.
At home in the world, it really only has its place in front of the piano.
For her first solo album “It Happens Like That”, she teams up with Gil Goldstein, five-time Grammy winner, arranger extraordinary, master pianist and accordionist. Together they deliver a remarkable record of original music, both new and nostalgic, a modern twist in the tradition of American songbook.
The album was released digitally on September 24, 2021.
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