Cathal Roche

Cathal Roche

Cathal Roche

Cathal Roche lives in Co. Sligo, Ireland and works as a composer-performer specialising in solo saxophone improvisation. As collaborator and improviser, Cathal has performed and recorded with many leading Irish ensembles such as the Fuzzy Logic and ICC Ensembles, Kai Big Band, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Awkward Silence, the Rise Saxophone Quartet and Common Tongue. Since 2007 Cathal has collaborated with Ian Wilson on a number of improvisational works including ‘replay’ and ‘Book of Ways’ with the RTÉ Vanbrugh String Quartet, ‘Double Trio’ with UK drummer Stu Ritchie and bassist Daniel Bodwell and ‘Common Tongue’ with traditional sean nos singer Lorcan Mac Mathuna. As a composer and video artist,  Cathal has produced a body of solo work which he has performed across Ireland including ‘The Messenger’ (tenor saxophone and DVD); Guidance (multi-tracked saxophones, DVD, performed at the TRADE Visual Arts Seminar, Co. Leitrim, 2009) and ‘The Map Task’, (quarter-tone tubular bells, soprano saxophone and CD).  Recent Arts Council of Ireland commissions include works for the Sligo Jazz Project (Rise Saxophone Sextet with saxophonist Julian Arguelles) and George Mason University, Virginia, USA (solo tenor saxophone and tape). Cathal is a founder member of the RISE Saxophone Quartet.

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