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Gratitude 

It's been a whirlwind year of music, and such a joy after those two years when we couldn't play indoor gigs or do much of anything together. I want to list a few things for which I have enormous gratitude.

  • Throughout the lockdown, choro companions and I continued to meet in a park by my house and play for the public and ourselves. We even found several new choro enthusiasts and so our circle came through the pandemic stronger than ever.
  • 10-string bandolinist Ian Coury came into my life and we clicked. Over 14 months we've played almost 30 shows and continue to develop new material. (Watch out for an album in 2023!)
  • I'm grateful to have been able to travel again. It was a joy to return to Brasil, to reconnect with friends and the wonderful musicians that I have missed making music with. I especially thank Daniela Spielmann, Sheila Zagury, Silverio Pontes, and Franco Galvão for making the gigs happen!
  • I was able continue to teach throughout the pandemic, and the Zoom years had a huge silver lining: that I reach more people now by teaching online. I have a wonderful new crop of cello students and piano students, and it's so invigorating to work with them.
  • I have grieved for Eduardo Ferreira and David Rumpler—two friends and great souls in Brazilian music. I mourn all the lives taken by Covid, and the pain endured by their families.
  • Life is so precious—this was never so clear to me! I resolve to make only the best music, work with the kindest people, and strive always to bring more beauty into the world. 

Thank you for stopping by my site, please check out the shows page and come say hi!
love,
Catherine

Ideal is released today! 

My love letter to Brazil—it's been a long time coming—is finally live today! It feels like any other perfect spring day in Boston, but in my heart I feel joyful that I was able to make this piece of art. I had the help of many friends, the wonderful musicians who play on the record, and those who sang at the end as my virtual airplane lifted off from Antonio Carlos Jobim airport. I send my love to all.

As much as this record is a tribute to Brazil and its traditions, I aimed to also make it an honest document of myself. My roots and all the significant places on my musical journey, my tidyness and my mess, my humor and my rebelliousness, they are all represented and I hope that you'll respond with some recognition, some new insights, and some joy. If it makes you smile and makes you dance, I will have been successful.

Welcome to this real world, "Ideal", and I hope you'll make it just a tiny bit of a better place!

bem-vindo! welcome!  

Good Morning! I decided that a new record release merited a new website, so welcome to the new catherinebent.com! My goal is to make your visit as pleasant, efficient, and informative as possible, so you have any suggestions for improvements, please leave a comment. If you click on only one page, make it the Music page, and hear some of my new projects and recordings! Thank you for visiting.

"Ideal—an original tribute to traditional Brazilian music"

Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
Ian Ethan Case—Earth Suite Trio Live stream shows at 3pm and 7pm EST at link Live stream shows at 3pm and 7pm EST at link
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent (+friends) Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130 Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent (+friends) Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130 Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Celebrating Steve Prosser—a 10-year memorial concert David Friend Recital Hall, Boston MA 02115 David Friend Recital Hall, Boston MA 02115
Berklee Ear Training Department Faculty Recital David Friend Recital Hall, Boston, MA 02115 David Friend Recital Hall, Boston, MA 02115
Django by the Sea The Dance Hall, Kittery, ME The Dance Hall, Kittery, ME
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent +friends Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130 Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent House Concert, Westport MA House Concert, Westport MA
Jamaica Plain Music Festival Pine Bank Baseball Field, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Pine Bank Baseball Field, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent Newbury Court, Concord, MA Newbury Court, Concord, MA
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent Maine Craft Distilling, Portland, Maine Maine Craft Distilling, Portland, Maine
Trio de Janeiro Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130 Turtle Swamp Brewing, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
PoemJazz with Robert Pinsky Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Ian Coury & Catherine Bent ECAI, Brasilia, Brasil ECAI, Brasilia, Brasil
 —  — Choro na Rua (w/ Silverio Pontes, Henrique Cazes, Daniela Spielmann, Dudu Oliveira, Tiago Souza, Netinho Albuquerque) Praça Santos Dumont, Gavea, Rio de Janeiro Praça Santos Dumont, Gavea, Rio de Janeiro
Daniela Spielmann, Sheila Zagury, and Catherine Bent Teatro Café Pequeno, Rio de Janeiro, BR Teatro Café Pequeno, Rio de Janeiro, BR
Catherine Bent & Franco Galvão Vincentina Aranha Park Winter Festival, São José de Campos, SP BR Vincentina Aranha Park Winter Festival, São José de Campos, SP BR
Catherine Bent & Franco Galvão Instituto Favela de Paz, SP BR Instituto Favela de Paz, SP BR
Catherine Bent & Franco Galvão ADIUnicamp, Campinas, SP ADIUnicamp, Campinas, SP
Sarau do Seu Meliê (Zé Barbeiro, Roberta Valente, Cleber Silveiro) Seu Meliê, São Paulo, BR Seu Meliê, São Paulo, BR

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