Happy Easter everyone. And boy, what a treat we have for you today!!! We are proud to present: The ultimate Shred Goddess, The Great Kat and her Songs With Stories, all in Great Kat style. So prepare my friends, it's going to get loud in here!!!
The Great Kat is the LEGENDARY Guitar/Violin Virtuoso who brings her SONGS WITH STORIES to Merchants Of Air. The Great Kat is the “TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL TIME” (Guitar One Magazine), the REINCARNATION of BEETHOVEN and the ONLY GUITAR/VIOLIN DOUBLE VIRTUOSO since NICCOLO PAGANINI!
NOW START WORSHIPPING, SLAVES!!
STORY #1-Beethoven’s “SYMPHONY NO. 5” – Herbert Von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic:
The 4 MOST FAMOUS musical notes in history is BAH, BAH, BAH, BAHHHHH from BEETHOVEN’S Symphony No. 5. Beethoven’s genius, brilliance, UNREPRESSED POWER and technical superiority DOMINATES ALL MUSIC TO THIS DAY!!
I heard Beethoven’s music playing at home since birth, where Beethoven’s genius music was blasting 24 hours a day. After becoming a violin virtuoso, graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City and touring the world as a violin soloist, I realized that I was SENT to this world on a MISSION to UPDATE BEETHOVEN for the 21st CENTURY and bring Beethoven and Classical music to the ENTIRE WORLD!
LISTEN to The Great Kat’s “BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” album (Now available on iTunes through Warner Music), “BEETHOVEN SHREDS” album, “BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR SHRED” DVD and “DIGITAL BEETHOVEN ON CYBERSPEED” CD/CD-ROM! MORE GENIUS BEETHOVEN TO COME!
STORY #2-Wagner’s “DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN” (“The Ring”) Opera – The Bayreuth Festival with Pierre Boulez Conducting.
POWERFUL, CONTROVERSIAL WAGNERIAN OPERA! Combining Wagner’s INTENSE music with GENIUS THEATRICS! The FIRST time I saw this production of Wagner’s “The Ring” I was MASSIVELY IMPRESSED with the incredible STAGING, FIRE, the VALYRIES’ BATTLE CRIES, LEITMOTIVES (melody corresponding to persons or ideas), and WAGNER’S “Gesamtkunstwerk” (TOTAL WORK of ART!).
After 9/11 and the VICIOUS TERRORISTS ATTACK on MY city, New York City, The Great Kat revisited my PASSION for WAGNER’S BATTLE CRIES from “The Ride Of The Valkyries” and USED this POWERFUL MUSIC as a DEFINITIVE MUSICAL STATEMENT on “WAGNER’S WAR” album!
STORY #3-Judas Priest’s You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”
While studying violin at Juilliard, I happened to see Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” music video on TV one day and loved the metal guitars and operatic vocals!! I immediately picked up the electric guitar and THE GREAT KAT SPEED METAL LEGEND WAS BORN!!!!
STORY #4- Motorhead “ACE OF SPADES”
Lemmy’s hard core speed metal masterpiece RULES!!! Seeing Motorhead’s “Ace Of Spades” music video on TV when I was touring as a violin virtuoso was AMAZING and I realized that the POWER of SPEED METAL would go perfectly with the POWER of CLASSICAL!
STORY #5-Rimsky-Korsakov “THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE-BEE”! “
The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee” by Rimsky-Korsakov, is one of THE most FAMOUS violin SHOWPIECES in history. When I became The Great Kat Guitar Virtuoso, one of the FIRST pieces I wanted to transcribe was “THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE-BEE” for guitar and band. I brought my NOTE-FOR-NOTE violin virtuosity to the guitar and CREATED The Great Kat’s “SIGNATURE SONG”: “The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee” - on “BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” album (with bass and drums) and on “BEETHOVEN SHREDS” album (with a FULL ORCHESTRA)!