Cellist and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has performed his compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally as a soloist, and with the Paul Winter Consort, Rachael Sage, and the Essex String Quartet. He has been improvising at movement/contact jams since 1979. As an improviser and composer in the Dance world, he has collaborated and performed with Andrew Harwood (Montreal), Chris Aiken (Smith College), members of Pilobolus, Diego Cruz (Rio De Janeiro), and has been a Visiting Artist at Amherst College.
Stephen has been featured on American Public Media national broadcasts of Performance Today. He is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient through the SUNY/Buffalo Arts in Healthcare Initiative. As a film composer, his score for The Rich Have Their Own Photographers won the Jury Prize Gold Medal for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary at the Park City Film Music Festival. He also scored Two Square Miles, a film about Hudson, NY, which has been broadcast nationally on PBS/Independent Lens.
A native of San Francisco, Stephen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He and his his family live in Western Massachusetts.
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Sunday “First Light” Sun Rise Dance Jam Set with Stephen Katz
Movers of every stripe will encounter new spheres of influence in Stephen’s improvised cello music. Bowing his instrument and strumming it like an upright guitar, he creates intricate, uplifting tapestries of sound, and with some electronic help, transforms himself into a one-man cello orchestra.