violinist, composer with a special interest in sound art, electronics and improvisation
Katt Hernandez moved to Stockholm in 2010, after living in the Boston and Philadelphia areas for thirteen years, playing improvised and various other sorts of music on the violin, producing shows, and helping to run spaces. She quickly became involved in many new projects, including The Schematics, Stakenäs/Sandell/Hernandez trio, Hernandez/Erlandsson duo, Yun Kan 10, Klas Nevrin Ensemble and many other collaborations. Katt has also recently earned a Masters degree in Electro-acoustic composition from Kungliga Musik Högskolan (the Royal Music Academy of Sweden), where she studied with William Brunson, and continues her work in electro-acoustic composition at EMS (the Electronic Music Studio of Sweden). She has performed in many festivals in Europe, including Hagenfesten, Norberg, Geiger Festivalen, Berlin Bienalle and Sound of Stockholm. She also works as an assistant producer at Fylkingen, and has recently become the head of the board of directors for F.R.I.M. (Sweden’s organization for the promotion of improvised music),
During her time in Boston she worked with wide variety of musicians, performance artists, dancers, media, film and visual artists as an improvisors, embracing a vast array of pursuits and styles in the medium. In addition to her studies of improvised music and the Maneri-Sims 72-pitch microtone system, she also played music from a Greece, Macaedonia, Turkey, and the Balkan region, vaudeville and early americana, early french and spanish music and Mevlevi music for the Whirling Dervish ceremonies. Katt was a crazed avatar for the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, where she performed in, produced and publicized literally hundreds of events. After touring the country with Vashti Bunyan in 2006, she moved to Philadelphia for three years, and immediately became involved in performances with several local Philadelphia organizations, including Bowerbird, Ars Nova, and Soundfield, and also joined the West Philadelphia Orchestra balkan dance band, before returning to Boston to collaborate with a number of artists including Joe Morris, Joe Burgio, Zack Fuller, Jonathan Vincent, Matt Samolis and Steve Norton on various projects before embarking for Sweden. Katt has collaborated with a magnificently variated sea of people including- but certainly not limited to- Joe Maneri, Audrey Chen, Eve Risser, Joe Morrisl, Daniel Blacksberg, Allisa Cardone, Sten Sandell, Joel Grip, Gene Coleman, David Stakenäs, John Berndt, Erik Ruin, Gordon Beeferman, Evan Lipson, Walter Wright, Michael Evans, Sten Hostfalt, Mats Erlandsson, Tarek Atoui, Hans Rickheit, Daniel M Karlsson, Andrew Neumann, Saul Levine and many others.