Farnham set to release new album
LOS ANGELES Clarion native Katherine Kool Kat' Farnham has announced the release of her new album "Love Philosophy" scheduled for this summer.
With her four-octave voice and world-class piano and songwriting chops, Billboard-charting, internationally-acclaimed jazz and Americana artist Katherine Farnham is much more than a triple threat.
She is a woman of true character who has inspired fans, critics and even legendary artists. With her new album "Love Philosophy," the follow up to her much acclaimed "Vintage" LP the singer, songwriter and pianist shows us that she is a woman with an amazing heritage, an exciting present and a future as bright as the stars.
On "Love Philosophy" however, she makes it clear that she is not just a brilliant vocalist, but also a classically-trained pianist and musician of the finest caliber.
Farnham's mother was a concert pianist, composer, vocal coach, and former Director of New England Conservatory's Wellesley Branch.
She personally trained her daughter for well over a decade. Interestingly, this tutelage went in a direct line from Katherine to her mother, to her mother's teacher Madame Dayas, to Dayas' parents and then to legendary concert pianist/composer Franz Liszt.
With this kind of pianistic heritage, it is no surprise Farnham recorded an album where the piano plays a more central role.
She recorded "Love Philosophy" on not one, but three world-class Steinway grands in Los Angeles, Nashville and London, England.
Venturing forth to London's famous Abbey Road Studios, a casual visit turned into an impromptu session on her birthday.
She recorded their world-class concert grand on the title track and another original plus a breathtaking rendition of Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love", a song originally suggested to her by a college jazz professor. The latter won her a fourth Global Music Award for "Female Vocalist."
Two additional songs were tracked on jazz pianist Oscar Peterson's historic Steinway at The Village in Los Angeles.
Final tracks were completed on a seven foot Steinway in Music City.
Farnham's impressive body of work includes recordings with legendary saxophonist and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Famer Darrell Leonard and Grammy nominees Mindi Abair and Denny Jiosa.
Katherine grew up listening to her mother's duo piano team rehearsals as they prepped for national concerts. She also studied with several classical and jazz legends including Leon Fleischer at Tanglewood as well as both her parents.
Her father was an instrumentalist, scholar and arranger who toured as first trombonist with The Boston Pops.
Both her parents also worked closely with Igor Stravinsky at The Sante Fe Opera Company.
The summa cum laude grad of Berklee College of Music has appeared on Good Morning America on NBC 6 Telemundo and toured throughout the U.S. and abroad.
She has performed at festivals including the Hub City Jazz Festival outside New York City, and on stages with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente, Jr. and Celia Cruz.
She has even inspired audiences with her courage at major sporting events such as the Ericsson Open (only female artist), the Miami Marathon and national dates for NASCAR.
The critically acclaimed Vintage' garnered interview requests and airplay in U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Africa along with standing ovation and sold out live performances.
Her albums including the internationally acclaimed "Vintage," "The Vintage Poetry Collection," the "Music, Passion, Spirit," compilation and singles from the new record "Love Philosophy" can be found on ITunes, Amazon or http://www.KatherineFarnham.com.