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A few of the latest rave reviews for Katya’s new CD Big Big Love:
To view a video of Katya performing her song Winter last October at The Merc Theater click here
About the New CD: Katya’s brand new CD, Big Big Love, her first in ten years, was released in late summer 2011. It was recorded at the beautiful Secret Society Studios in Portland, Oregon, over a five-day period in February, 2011, and was co-produced by veteran Northwest musician Casey Neill. The album features members of Neill’s band the Norway Rats: Jesse Emerson (bass) and Ezra Holbrook (drums), and Jen Conlee on keys. Also on the CD is guitarist Matt Brown (just returned from touring with She and Him), Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro, Zak Borden on mandolin, Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle and b/u vox, Joe Trump on drums, Tom Nunes on bass, Paul Brainard on trumpet, and Michael Hessling on b/u vox. Basic tracking was done at Secret Society and additional recording was done by Ezra Holbrook at Sissy Conspiracy studio. Chet Lyster (Lucinda Williams, the Eels) mixed the project at his studio in Portland, and it was mastered by the amazing Ross Nyberg in Seattle. Katya describes the process as “a crazy, exhausting, joyful pleasure… Casey, my dear friend, and fearless co-producer, assembled a stellar crew who couldn’t have been more talented or kind. We made a record, essentially performed live, with very few overdubs, in five days, which was the way I have always wanted to record!”
Biography: Katya has spent much of the last sixteen years playing festivals, coffeehouses and venues across the West, developing a loyal, passionate following. She moved to the Pacific Northwest from her native Boston back in 1987, after a six-month journey to India, and began writing and performing her own material in the thriving coffeehouse scene while in college at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the early 90s.
In 1993, at the urging of a growing fan base, she recorded and released How This Feels, recorded in a basement studio, and released only to cassette. She took the tapes and toured across the U.S., and in Europe, where she spent several months performing on the streets and in cafes, selling her tapes from Prague to Dublin.
Her 1998 recording, The Clearing, captures songs of those travels, of relationships, and of “her Pacific Northwestern home… giving voice to spirits and sprites singing prayerfully… from the edge of a threatened timberline” as Dirty Linen observed. The CD features the backing of several of the finest players in the Northwest (Cary Black, Zak Borden, Paul Benoit), and garnered excellent reviews.
Her 2001 release, Off the Map, was dubbed one of the “Best of the Year” by several folk DJs and Katya was selected by Ruby Brown, host of KMTT-FM’s “Acoustic Brunch” show as one of her “top 5 artist picks for tomorrow’s hits” in Performing Songwriter magazine, saying “…Her range continues to amaze me!” Victory Review called Off the Map ”lush and soulful… top-notch!” and Dirty Linen declared “the arrangements are vintage Nashville… any of these originals could fill the vacuum that is the gaping maw of formatted radio.”
Chorover moved from Seattle to southwestern Colorado in November of 2006. Taking a “parenting and relocation hiatus” for a couple of years, she has been performing locally, and has been teaching, but not touring. Her recent material reflects a time spent “holed up in my living room, writing songs… looking out a big window at a huge expanse of sky punctuated by clouds and lots of birds and the occasional truck driving by… loving where I am, but also wishing I was someplace else. Since having a child, my life has slowed, and changed immeasurably. Continuing to be creative has been a challenge, but also has become somehow richer and even more pleasurable. These are songs about life, and all its myriad cycles, that come directly from this place, and for the thirst I have for other places. They seem to appeal to the cowboys, farmers and everyone in between that make up this little corner of the world… We like to call it Folky Tonk!”
“Don’t pass up a chance to see her perform!” — NW Folksters