Photo by Derek Vonk
Kathryn Claire has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with improvisation has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, The Netherlands, India, Belgium and France.
A consumate collaborator, Kathryn Claire has shared the stage with many musicians, bringing her musicality and charismatic presence to each project she works with. As a front person, she skillfully weaves together stories and melodies rooted in her classical and traditional musical background while infusing each song and composition with an energy and electricity that is palpable. She draws from her extensive international travel and eclectic artistic influences to create her sound. Her honest and poetic writing and her unique voice move seamlessly across genres creating an aesthetic which is original and diverse.
"Claire’s deep vocals combine with exquisite layered orchestrations. These dark, provocative, thoughtful songs engage the listener and elicit deep emotions."
-Amy Steele, ENTERTAINMENT REALM
"The instrumentals play just as profoundly, perhaps more effectively, as if stepping lightly around the graves of the forgotten and the missed."
-Carol Banks Weber, MEDIUM
"Claire’s song’s and instrumental arrangements, blessed with a fine back-up band, flow into one another in a highly emotional way, the instrumentals containing a dark beauty about them, while the songs burst into melodic gusto, the two continually born of one another."
-Dinah Urell, HIPFISH MONTHLY
"Over many years of cultivating a personal style with fiddle, guitar, voice and as songwriter, side player and with her own band, emerges Bones Will Last, Kathryn’s fourth full-length album. Kathryn has such a lovely lust for life, which shows up in her laugh, her embrace of the world in all its joys and follies."
-Inessa Anderson, PORTLAND RADIO PROJECT
"It's hard to decide what is more appealing, her voice, which soars high over everything, or her unique take on the beauty and hardship of daily life"
-Vanessa Salvia, EUGENE WEEKLY
"This was an out-of-the-box dive into classical, folk and chamber music."
-Kristen Anderson, MUSIC NUT MUSINGS
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