Catherine Marie Charlton

Instrument: Piano

Born: March 28

Catherine Marie Charlton's soulful interpretations ”...will linger long in the ear and in the mind...” (Jazz da Gama).

Addressing her creative process for her free improvisations, Charlton states: “When I improvise at the piano, my goal is to embody mindfulness. In order to musically express my inner emotions and touch listeners' hearts through my own vulnerability, I must surrender to flow and trust completely in all my years of practice. It’s about self-acceptance—not caring what “genre” of music pours from my fingers, letting go of judgement of “wrong notes“, and staying present in the moment without over-thinking the journey's next steps.”

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”...a crystalline style...Charlton soars” -The New York City Jazz Record

”...hip modern jazz.. “ - Jazz Weekly

”...rises above labels, styles, chord progressions, and who played with who to reach into the listener’s soul with an empathic spirit. ...accomplishing a miraculous what she does not play” (”Best Jazz Albums of 2015 Grammy Voters Missed”) - Carol Banks Weber, AXS

”...killer originals. Her touch is sensitive yet authoritative...full of surprises and grace.” –Hobert Taylor, KUCI-FM

”Every now and then an artist emerges with the power to define a genre

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Toughkenamon, PA

Clinic/Workshop Information

"Wyeth Walks: Following in the Artists' Footsteps"

In this lecture, pianist and composer Catherine Marie Charlton discusses the “Wyeth Walks” that she began in January 2015 while seeking inspiration for her music. Immersing herself in Wyeth art and creative philosophies through these daily walks has resulted in an upcoming album, as well as thematic iPhone photos and an accompanying blog. Through her experiences, Charlton seeks to understand how the Wyeths, especially N.C. and Andrew, found subjects in nature and were open to surprises in unexpected places. Charlton will share a preview of her recorded music and photography, with tips on how we all can follow in Wyeth footsteps and be “open to flow” in creative pursuits.

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