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Rumor has it her birth father was a guitar player from Texas; She was mouthing melodies before words. Truth is Cat Martino is a voice emerging that draws you in by its natural strength and intimacy. Cat calls her original style “Some kind of Soul”. It’s a little bit indie-folk-rock-experimental, born from influences diverse as Laura Nyro, The Beatles, and Bjork… Cat played her guitar, piano, and looped her voice and instruments to create layers that dream a sound all her own.
She was adopted into the Martino family of Pizza Makers on Long Island, New York. Riding in the Oldsmobile backseat, the girl was always singing harmonies to the 8 tracks from times past. She played the piano, ate pizza, and preferred making up ditties and neighborhood circuses, to sitting still.
Cat studied English and Music at Rutgers College, while finding her love for dance and choreography to paint pictures with movement. She taught herself piano and guitar, wearing out beloved mix tapes of Joni Mitchell, Otis Redding and the Pixies.
Fast Forward. The Songstress has finished her newest record “Yr Not Alone” upon the eve of her most imminent and revealing yet, something fresh based upon her natural ear for looping harmonies and instruments live onstage, and internal body rhythms. Stay tuned to hear. Previously, she has worked on The Sea Closet, an album of piano and guitar songs, that trace the travels of her creative inner characters by boat whistles from waving waters to land.
big cat Martino has toured internationally, in support of Rufus Wainwright, RIDE frontman Mark Gardener, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more. Cat has enjoyed singing with and/or organizing small choirs for local friends Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, Joseph Arthur, & Swedish artists Anna Ternheim, Nina Persson (The Cardigans), A Camp, and Marit Bergman. Other musical conspirators have been found in multi-instrumentalist/Producer Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith), Ben Kalb (Regina Spektor), Nathan Larson (Angela McKluskey, Shudder to Think.), Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley), and Joe & Robin Bennet (of Goldrush, Dusty and the Dreaming Spires Truckfest).
Whether she plays solo or is accompanied by a full band and strings, when her voice emerges you are drawn in by its natural strength and intimacy, a sound full of unique emotion and scope. The songstress organically weaves in the use of pedals to loop her vocals, captivating the room. These layers are clearly used to serve the nature of Martino’s writing, raw and poetic, holding a hope-light in the sultry night. "I had been exploring a stripped down acoustic sound that birthed songs from a deeper honesty. One day I started to play with my guitarists’ pedal board through a microphone. Harmonizing is the most natural thing in the world for me, so… At first I thought I was combining opposites, but I soon heard the sounds complement each other. Besides, I love contradictions.”
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