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WITH THE GREAT KAT! "The Great Kat: From
Juilliard To Shred Goddess"
The Great Kat: From
Juilliard To Shred Goddess
By Jef With One F published: Tue., Jun.
14 2011 @ 8:00AM
Categories: Classically Speaking, Inquiring
Minds, Mostly Metal
Rocks Off has collected some
very, very off-the-wall people over the
years in search of musical enjoyment. And
now... we come to
Kat is a Juilliard-trained violinist who
traded in the sedate world of classical
performance to dress like a road warrior and
play the guitar just shy of the speed needed
to go back in time. She sent along her
latest CD, Beethoven Shreds,
and being the resident classical-music
expert on staff Rocks Off felt that it was
well within our capabilities to kill seven
minutes and several thousand brain cells by
listening to it.
That's a lie; it's not seven minutes long.
It's seven minutes and two seconds long, and
in that short span of time Kat attacks the
main theme from Beethoven's "5th Symphony,"
one of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos as well
as his "Art of the Fugue." Works by Paganini
and Rimsky-Korsakov round out the disc.
What you experience when immersed in Kat's
world is perception turned up as far as it
will go. These are melodies that in some
cases have survived centuries and come down
to us as the work of masters in their most
musical moments. Kat forces these melodies
through a black hole and back out again
through in a white-hot stream of incredibly
fine sound particles that ascend and descend
so quickly and accurately that one could
debate whether the interpretations are a
performance or a weapon.
Tucked into the middle of the
CD are two of Kat's originals, "Torture
Technique" and "IslamoFascists." In addition
to her guitar work the spices feature Kat's
cookie-monster vocals in a combined two
minute hate. The songs seem strangely at
home among the pillars of composition
through the purity of her approach.
Somewhere we doubt if they'll be handed down
like Paganini's "Caprice #24" has been, but
for those who have thus far enjoyed the
carnival ride of Beethoven Shreds should
have no problem putting Kat's statue
alongside the greats.
Kat sat down with us for a nice quiet chat
about the CD. Just kidding, it was an orgy
of shouting and metal. We learned lots,
though not why she speaks in the third
person. You'll just have to guess.
Rocks Off: I work
in a sheet-music store, and we hear a lot of
classical music. Most of it is much more
sedate than your interpretations. Why speed
it up and shred it apart?
The Great Kat: It must be
fast and shredded to get the
Internet-driven, fast-moving global society
to understand the genius of classical music.
RO: What dictates the choice of classical
music you cover?
TGK: The choice of classical music that The
Great Kat shreds must be exciting, virtuoso,
powerful and recognizable to the world, like
Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
RO: Have you ever played
your interpretations in classical-music
TGK: Not yet. The Great Kat has performed
this blistering virtuosity for metal
audiences! The repressed classical audiences
need a bit more time.
RO: Have you considered
shredding classical vocal pieces as well
like Mozart's "Requiem" or DuBois's "Seven
Last Words of Christ?" If you ever do, would
you sing like you do on your originals of
would you prefer to let your guitar do the
TGK: The Great Kat used a real opera singer
on Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" on the
Wagner's War CD, along with The Great Kat's
blistering guitar and violin shredding. The
Great Kat stays true to the original scores
by keeping the composer's original
orchestrations and vocals the same, but
editing and arranging the piece to include
guitar and band and of course making it much
The Great Kat, Guitar Goddess, will be
shredding Mozart's Requiem and Handel's
Messiah on future Great Kat masterpiece CDs,
using opera singers and choruses.
See? We told you.
RO: Why aren't there more
Beethoven pieces on your CD? Bach Shreds
would've been more accurate.
TGK: Wake up! Just one Beethoven masterpiece
is enough to send you soaring into the
universe with virtuosic, brilliant, powerful
complexity. Bach is brilliant, but Beethoven
RO: How closely related are the worlds of
metal and classical?
TGK: Very close. After graduating from The
Juilliard School as a violin virtuoso, The
Great Kat realized that classical music was
dead and desperately needed to be updated
for the masses.
After listening to popular music forms and
seeing a metal music video, The Great Kat
discovered speed metal and quickly picked up
the electric guitar. The Great Kat simply
took Paganini-style violin technique and
transposed it to the guitar.
RO: Do you feel your originals match up
to the works of the great composers?
TGK: The Great Kat, High Priestess of Guitar
Shreds original music, is specifically
designed to be fast, short, to-the-point and
energizing to match this global,
Internet-driven world. The Great Kat's
original shred/classical music will get more
complex, with contrapuntal insanity and, of
course, more shredding virtuosity, as the
masses wake up and advance.
Beethoven Shreds is
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