Cathy Menezes –Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was raised in a family of Asia's most famous musicians. She commenced playing piano at the age of 4. Her first public performance in Sri Lanka was at the age of 12, as a vocalist with her late father (Tom Menezes), setting her challenges to the world of jazz and contemporary music. She has toured extensively since, performing in Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, and USA.
Her musicianship found her taking part in artistic activities from Jazz to pop including performances with American Jazz Bass player - Christian McBride. Her compositions were recorded in the USA, supported by some of the world's famous musicians such as 2014 Grammy Award winner Hussain Jiffry, Russell Ferrante (Yellow Jackets), Mike Shapiro, Oscar Seaton, Allen Hinds, Kleber Jorge, Gregory Manning, Mike Miller and many more great musicians. The compositions originate from her ethnic heritage, providing the combination of Latin and Jazz grooves.
Graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, she was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Creative Performance Award. Her passion in life is to continue to compose and perform. Debut Album, “A Dream”, was released in early December 2015, which is now available on iTunes, CDbaby and Amazon. Track number 1 of this album Waves of Seven reached #5 on the Top Ten Regional Charts in Australia.
Latin Flavours Spice Up Cathy Menezes' Soulful Debut Album - A Dream.
WavelengthLA - by Stacey Zering, March 14, 2016
A Dream. A fitting ending for a memorable set of compositions assembled rather
well. WavelengthLA, 2016
A Dream - takes you on a journey with love and nature. 'Beauty of Sea' sails away to
its catchy melody and vocals matching the awesome ebb and flow. Sunday Observer-
by Mahes Perera, May 22, 2016