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THE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT
By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal CircusTHE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal Circus
 
THE GREAT KAT: "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!"
She's The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach ... She plays their parts at the speed of light and one day she had had a vision that music classical was dead and the only way to resuscitate it was to play it in a heavy metal key at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach. To interview her is to interview the character she created, and it is a pity because it is difficult to get her out of her persona, but it's worth it. This is not a complete interview, because there are things that should be at the moment, kept hidden. But I warn you, you're going to have interviews soon very "special" on this site, here's the first.
THE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal Circus
THE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal CircusTHE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal CircusTHE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal Circus
THE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal CircusTHE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal CircusTHE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal Circus
THE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal CircusTHE METAL CIRCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!" "The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - By Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal Circus
ENGLISH:
SPANISH:
THE GREAT KAT:"THE GREAT KAT IS GOD! I AM THE REINCARNATION OF BEETHOVEN!"

 

TMC: It is a pleasure for us to interview The Great Kat. What is the Great Kat doing right now?

 

TGK: THE GREAT KAT IS SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF SHRED/CLASSICAL TO THE WORLD!!!!!

The Great Kat Shred Guitar Virtuoso is:

“Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time” (Guitar One Magazine)

“50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time” (Guitar World Magazine)

“The 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes” (Classic Rock Magazine)

“12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” (Elle Magazine)

Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso/Concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra

Winner of the Artists International Competition on Violin/Carnegie Recital Hall Debut on Solo Violin

 

The Great Kat’s NEW “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD is NOW on iTUNES. Great Kat Shred/Classical Music Videos include: “The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee” (Kat Shreds Guitar at 300 BPM), Beethoven’s “5th Symphony”, Paganini’s “Caprice #24” and Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #3” (Kat Shreds 6 Guitars!)

 

TMC: How do you define your music?

 

TGK: “SHRED/CLASSICAL” MUSIC: The Great Kat’s unique mixture of authentic Classical Music (Beethoven, Wagner, Vivaldi, Paganini, Bach, Rossini, Sarasate, Liszt, Chopin, etc.) with virtuoso shredding guitars, raw, vicious metal arrangements for band, blistering violin virtuosity, orchestral instrumentation, insanely fast tempos, and outrageous imagery!

 

TMC: Why did you change the violin for the guitar? When did you start playing guitar?

 

TGK: After graduating from The Juilliard School as a violin virtuoso I decided that Classical Music was DEAD and desperately needed to be UPDATED for the MASSES!!!! After listening to popular music forms, I discovered metal and quickly picked up the electric guitar. I simply took my PAGANINI-STYLE violin technique (a special left-hand technique I learned at Juilliard) and transposed it to the guitar. I added VICIOUS STRONG accenting and attacks which is used in BOTH METAL and BEETHOVEN’S MUSIC. Then I began transcribing EXACT Classical Music scores for the guitar and band. NOW GO AND GENIUSIZE with The Great Kat’s DEMONIC GUITAR and VIOLIN VIRTUOSITY on PAGANINI’S “CAPRICE #24” and “THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE-BEE” from “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD.

 

TMC: Some people think that Great Kat is one of the 80’s icons. Do you agree?

 

 

TGK: Yes!! The Great Kat is one of the ICONS of the 80’s and of TODAY!!!!! The Great Kat is the ONLY GUITAR GOD SINGLE-HANDEDLY and SYSTEMATICALLY UPDATING CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR THE MASSES and BRINGING this genius music to the WORLD.

 

TMC: Vivaldi, Paganini, Beethoven… All of them played at the speed of light! Does Great Kat love classical music and velocity? Is this the best “marriage”?

 

TGK: YES, YOU MUST BE A VIRTUOSO to COMPOSE EXCITING CLASSICAL AND METAL MUSIC!!!!!!!!!! The Great Kat is a VIOLIN AND GUITAR VIRTUOSO taking POWERFUL, EXCITING CLASSICAL Music from VIRTUOSOS like Vivaldi, Paganini and Beethoven and EDITING and ARRANGING their COMPLEX, POWERFUL, INSPIRING music for the WORLD to HEAR!!!!!

 

“BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR SHRED” DVD PRESS REVIEWS:

Guitar Player Magazine Brazil: "Great Kat almost makes sparks out of her fingers. For those who like speed, she bangs!" 

 

MEVIO Music: "Probably the fastest female shredder on the face of the earth. 'Flight Of The Bumble-Bee' at 300 Beats Per Minute. It does not get any faster than that."

 

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Online: "This lady is hard core. She plays Beethoven's symphonies the way he always intended: incredibly fast and covered in blood."

 

  

Classic Rock: "Heavy Metal Beethoven. Ya gotta see (and hear) this one to believe it."

 

TMC: From your point of view, which is the best Great Kat album?

 

TGK: ALL GREAT KAT CDS AND DVDS are MASTERPIECES and REVOLUTIONARY, CONTROVERSIAL, GROUNDBREAKING WORKS OF ART.

 

TMC: Do you think “Metal Messiah” is the greatest Great Kat’s hit?

 

TGK: The Great Kat’s “METAL MESSIAH” from “WORSHIP ME OR DIE!” CD is BRILLIANT and a TOTAL METAL ANTHEM. “I’M YOUR SAVIOR! I’M YOUR GOD! WE SHALL OVERCOME!!! METAL! METAL! METAL MESSIAH!” That was the BEGINNING of The Great Kat’s SHRED GUITAR WORLD DOMINATION!!!!

 

TMC: Which are your favorite guitar players?

 

TGK: Hendrix. Rhoads and THE GREAT KAT!

 

 

TMC: How the Great Kat shows were in the 80’s and what can we see in a Great Kat show nowadays?

 

TGK: The Great Kat’s Shred Show has always been an INSANE and OUTRAGEOUS Live Show, featuring WHIPPING, BEATING, THRASHING, SHREDDING, HEAVY GUITAR RIFFAGE, INSANE VIOLIN DEMONIC VIRTUOSITY, SCREAMING, ABUSING AND TOTALLY RABID KAT-POSSESSED SLAVES BOWING TO THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF GUITAR SHRED GREAT KAT!!! Stay tuned to the Kat web site for all Great Kat Tour News!

 

TMC: Lots of fans and press consider you as one of the fastest guitar players of the world. Do you still train your velocity?

 

TG: The Great Kat practices a variety of virtuoso and speed building techniques with scales, arpeggios, etudes, etc. on the guitar AND violin. I also transcribe violin scores from Paganini, Sarasate, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Wieniawski, etc. to the guitar and shred these genius masterpieces on BOTH guitar AND violin. I build speed SLOWLY using a metronome and work up the tempo with total precision and accuracy.

 

 

 

 

TMC: Do you think the 80’s metal scene was very male chauvinistic?

 

 

TGK: The Great Kat KICKED the BUTTS of all those MALE CHAUVINISTS by being a HIGHLY-TRAINED VIOLIN and GUITAR VIRTUOSO with IMPECCABLE TECHNIQUE!

 

TMC: Tell me your opinion about these guitar players:

Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro), Slash, Paco de Lucia, Marty Fiedman, Gary Moore:

 

TGK: THE GREAT KAT IS GOD!

 

For more information about The Great Kat visit her web site: http://www.greatkat.com

 

Jordi Zelig Tarrega

THE GREAT KAT: "¡THE GREAT KAT ES DIOS! ¡ES LA REENCARNACIóN DE BEETHOVEN Y OS VA A DESTRIPAR!"
 
TMC: Es todo un placer poderte entrevistar. ¿Qué está haciendo The Great Kat en la actualidad?

TGK: The Great Kat está predicando la religión en todo el mundo de destripar la música clásica. The Great Kat ha sido galardonada “Top 10 De los guitarristas más rápidos de todos los tiempos” (Guitar One Magazine), los 50 guitarristas más rápidos de los tiempos de la revista Guitar World Magazine, está en el Top 10 de los 100 guitar héroes más salvajes en Classic Rock Magazine y en el Top 12 de las más grandes mujeres guitarristas en Elle Magazine. The Great Kat sé graduó con el título de virtuosa de violín y concertista en Julliard. También ganó el título de violinista solista en el Artist International Competition Violin/Carnegie Recital Hall Debut.

Ahora he sacado el nuevo DVD llamado Great Kat Shred/Classical disponible en Itunes. Interpreto temas como “The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee”, ¡¡en la que toco a 300 BPMs!! Toco también la “Quinta Sinfonía de Beethoven”, el “Capricho nº24” de Paganini y el Concierto de Brandenburgo de Bach en el que llego a tocar seis guitarras diferentes.

TMC: ¿Cómo defines tu música?

TGK: “Shred/Classical Music, o sea, música clásica destripada. The Great Kat es la única persona capaz de mezclar la música clásica de Beethoven, Wagner, Vivaldi, Paganini, Bach, Rossini, Sarasate, Liszt, Chopin… con las guitarras eléctricas cortantes, crudas, los viciosos arreglos de una banda de heavy metal, un violín devastador, orquestación clásica, tiempos ultraveloces demenciales e imaginería extravagante.

TMC: ¿Cuándo empezaste a tocar la guitarra y por qué decidiste pasarte a ella si toda la vida habías tocado el violín?

TGK: Después de graduarme en la prestigiosa escuela Julliard vi que la música clásica estaba muerta, ¡así que desesperadamente tuve que actualizarla para las masas! Después de escuchar todas las formas posibles de música popular me decanté por el metal y rápidamente adapté mi virtuosismo hacia la guitarra eléctrica. Para mi fue simple pues adapté la técnica, especialmente la de la mano izquierda de Paganini aprendida en Julliard, y me lancé a tocar la guitarra eléctrica. Le añadí una “fuerza viciosa” al estilo acentuando los ataques ya que ambos son los mismos tanto en la música clásica como en la música de Beethoven. Luego me dediqué a transcribir fidedignamente la música clásica a las partituras de guitarra y los arreglos para el resto de la banda. Puedes apreciarlo perfectamente en mi versión de “El Capricho nº24” de Paganini o en “El vuelo del moscardón” de Korsakov.

TMC: Mucha gente considera a The Great Kat como im icono de los 80, ¿estás de acuerdo?

TGK: Sí, estoy de acuerdo, ¡The Great Kat es uno de los iconos de los 80 pero también de la actualidad! Ella es la única diosa de la guitarra que ha crecido sin ningún tipo de ayudas y que sistemáticamente ha ido actualizando la música clásica para las masas. Ha sido capaz de legar esta música genial al mundo.

TMC: Vivaldi, Paganini, Beethoven… ¡Todos ellos tocados a la velocidad de la luz! ¿Es la velocidad y la música clásica el mejor noviazgo posible?

TGK: ¡Claro! Tienes que ser todo un virtuoso para poder componer a la vez música clásica y música metal. The Great Kat es virtuosismo de guitarra y violín, es darle a la música poder, clasicismo excitante, complejidad de arreglos e inspiración musical para que el mundo pueda disfrutar. Ha habido muchas reseñas de mi último DVD en las que definen mi música como:

Guitar Player Magazine Brazil: “Si te gusta la velocidad, ella te volará la cabeza. Hace que salten chispas al tocar”.

MEVIO Music: Su . "Flight Of The Bumble-Bee a 300 Beats Per Minute es posiblemente uno de los topes de velocidad humanos, no se puede ir más rápido. Es de largo la mujer más rápida de la Tierra”.

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Online: “Lo de esta chica es muy duro: Toca las sinfonías de Beethoven a un velocidad increíble y cubierta de sangre”.

Classic Rock: “Vas a tenerlo que verlo y escucharlo para creerlo”

 
 
TMC: Desde tu punto de vista ¿Cuál es tu mejor disco?

TGK: Todos los CDs y DVDs son piezas maestras, revolucionarias, controvertidas y rompedoras dentro del mundo de las artes.

TMC: Crees que “Metal Messiah” es el más grande hit de The Great Kat?

TGK: “Metal Messiah” es del disco “Worship Me or Die”, es absolutamente brillante, un himno de metal total: “Soy tu salvador, soy tu Dios, todos debemos superarnos, metal, metal, ¡Mesías del Metal!”. Ese tema es de los principios de The Great Kat, cuando empezaba a dominar el mundo destripando con su guitarra.

 
 
TMC: ¿Cuáles son tus guitarristas favoritos?

TGK: Jimy Hendrix, Randy Rhoads y ¡THE GREAT KAT!

 
TMC: ¿Cómo eran tus shows en los 80 y cómo son hoy en día?

 
TGK: El show devastador de The Great Kat siempre es enfermizo y extravagante, hay latigazos, golpes, thrash, devastación, riff de metal, virtuosidad endemoniada en el violín, gritos y abuso total y rabioso de los esclavos que reverencian a la posesa divinidad de la guitarra, ¡The Great Kat! Estad atentos a mi web para ver las próximas fechas de mi tour.

 
 
TMC: Muchos fans y prensa escrita te consideran una de las guitarristas más veloces del mundo. ¿Sigues entrenándote para ser más veloz?

TGK: The Great Kat practica una enorme variedad de virtuosismos y construye escalas, arpegios, estudios gracias a su técnica, tanto con la guitarra como con el violín. También transcribe las partituras de Paganini, Sarasate, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Wieniawski… a la guitarra y las tritura con ambos instrumentos, violín y guitarra. Las empiezo a construir despacio, con el metrónomo y voy aumentando el tempo con total precisión.

TMC: ¿Consideras que la escena metal de los 80 era muy machista?

TGK: The Great Kat pateó todos esos culos machistas y chovinistas con su refinada técnica de violín y su virtuosismo de guitarra, todo gracias a su impecable técnica y trabajo.

TMC: Dime tu opinión sobre los siguientes guitarristas: Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro), Slash, Paco de Lucía, Marty Fiedman, Gary Moore:

 
TGK: Mmmmm… ¡The Great Kat es dios! ¡Es la reencarnación de Beethoven y os va a detripar!
 
Para más información sobre The Great Kat visitad su web: http://www.greatkat.com

Jordi Zelig Tárrega



 
 

 
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