Cathal Roche – Saxophone, Youth Academy Leader

Cathal-Roche

Cathal Roche was born in Dublin in 1975 and studied saxophone under Michael Buckley and Kevin Hanafin.  Since leaving Dublin in 2002, Cathal has developed a reputation as an innovative improvisor in Ireland and the UK.  Specialising in extended solo saxophone performance, Cathal has collaborated with improvisors Phil Minton, David Toop, Clive Bell, Elaine Mitchener, Lauren Kinsella, Colm O’Hara, David Lacey and blackmetal vocalist Atilla Csihar among others.  Since 2006, Cathal has worked closely with Irish composer Ian Wilson to develop a number of improvisational works for saxophones and ensemble including ‘re:play’, and The Book of Ways’ with the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet, ‘Double Trio’ with UK drummer Stu Ritchie and bassist Daniel Bodwell, and ‘Therefore I am’ with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the forthcoming project ‘The hours’ with legendary Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle, drummer Matthew Jacobson and the Contempo String Quartet.  Other collaborations include original solo performance works, installations, video pieces and inter-disciplinary projects .  His performance work has been featured on BBC’s ‘Here & Now’, RTE’s ‘the Lyric Concert’.  Art’s Council commissions include ‘Encounters’ for solo saxophone and multiple CD players, ‘The Message’ for George Mason University, USA, ‘Guidance’, solo saxophone and DVD for Carrick Cineplex,  and a suite for the RISE Saxophone Sextet featuring Julian Arguelles commissioned by SJP.  Cathal continues to explore new ground in the West of Ireland as a member of the cross-arts improv group ‘Hereinafter’ which he co-directs with his partner, artist Kate Wilson.  Other current groups include the Dirty Jazz Club @ the CFCP, Dublin, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and a weekly jazz session which he co-leads with Sligo musicians Eddie Lee, Ken McDonald and Eddie McFarlane.  As an educator and learner Cathal facilitates improv and composition projects for 5 -12 year olds as Artist in Residence for Leitrim County Council.  He teaches woodwind at the Sligo Academy of Music and Roscommon Youth Orchestra.