"Although I have practiced piano quite a bit, I couldn't avoid reaching this conclusion that I don't have enough fingers to make all the sound in my head happen." –This is how it started off. It was so natural for her to include more instruments to her writing to materialize all the ideas she had in mind. All her compositions have rich layers of contrapuntal, harmonic and rhythmic ideas, with both elements of jazz and classical music perfectly in blend. And here is the band that makes her dream come true.
Doug Weiss - bass, Daniel Dor - drums, Michael Rodriguez - flugelhorn/trumpet, Francesco Geminiani - tenor saxophone, Chris Stover - trombone, Mike Bjella - soprano saxophone, Alon Albagli - guitar, Sarah Charles - vocal, Linton Smith & Amber Matthews - backing vocal, and Martha Kato - piano/vocal/composition.
Piano-saxophone duo unit with Francesco Geminiani (tenor saxophone) and Martha Kato (piano, keys, vocal). Both featured as composers, we play our original compositions, jazz standards, covers including Djavan, Egberto Gismonti, The Beatles and Elton John.
More info and recordings on Duo Day page.
Balkan-Jazz quintet, Filip Novosel (tambura/composition) - Croatia, Zan Tetickovic (drums/composition) - Slovenia, Martin Doykin (bass) - Blugaria, Francesco Geminiani (tenor saxophone) - Italy, Martha Kato (piano) - Japan. Active since January 2013, Balchemy has had some successful performances in New York and Europe including a-week-long performance at Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern, Switzerland. Debut album "Balchemy" is available online.
My other activity than in music - in drawing exclusively on scratch papers. Uragami means a scratch paper in Japanese but also ura means the back side, and gami (or kami) means a deity or god. There is no deity of the back side in myths as far as I know, but when I draw something on a scratch paper, I think the god of scratch paper comes down and leaves me inspiration... This is becoming my distinctive art direction working with my dad who is a painter. We design flyers and CD cover etc.