Catalytic Sound is a music based co-operative designed to help create economic sustainability for its artists through patron support. Put simply, one half of all album purchases and two thirds of all subscriptions fees will always go directly to the musicians of the collective.Learn More
“A portion of sales will benefit Fendika Cultural Center and Catalytic Sound.
At Fendika Cultural Center, we celebrate and renew Ethiopia’s rich cultural heritage. We welcome all creative souls; through exchange of music, dance, art, and poetry, we meditate on humanity’s one-ness, and pray for a peaceful world.”
Vasco Trilla & Tim Daisy
Bristling Duets (2021)
“Duos between chicagoan percussionist and composer, Tim Daisy and Vasco Trilla, one of the most active, versatile, and creative drummers of the Barcelona scene.”
Rempis / Reid / Abrams / Daisy / Damon
The Covid Tapes
“THE COVID TAPES documents the efforts by saxophonist and label founder Dave Rempis to continue his creative output during a pandemic that gutted performance possibilities for artists across the globe. This two-cd set includes pieces from some of the many weekly solo performances he streamed from his broom closet-sized practice space at Unity Lutheran Church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago from March-September of 2020. Those pieces buttress duo and trio performances mostly from outdoor concerts between July and early November that he organized on Friday evenings at Margate Park, two blocks from his house in the Uptown neighborhood. Those groupings include friends and regular collaborators Tomeka Reid - cello, Joshua Abrams - bass, Tim Daisy - drums, and Tyler Damon – drums. ”
“Atlantic Rhythms presents the re-issue of Blacks' Myths self-titled 2018 debut, now available on a limited edition vinyl LP. Blacks’ Myths, is the inimitable rhythm section featuring bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III. The duo's first outing is a pulsing, hypnotic masterwork.”
Emma Fischer and Terrie Hessels
Improvising: A One-Year Journey Around Africa
“'IMPROVISING’ is the story of an incredible journey by Emma Fischer (painter, graphic designer, ceramist) and Terrie Hessels (guitar player in The Ex) through 21 countries in Africa. They travelled for a year in an old Land Rover. Not as tourists, but as travellers with an open mind and free attitude, dealing with countless unexpected, unpredictable, sometimes risky, but mainly fascinating and fantastic situations”
The Rempis / Rosaly Duo
The Strobe Sessions
Catalytic Artists Albums
“This unheard album was recorded back in January 2012, as a follow-up to longtime musical partners Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly’s 2009 duo debut Cyrillic on 482 Music. After recording, mixing, and mastering the record, 482 Music declined this second release, leaving the record unheard until now. That experience was one of the reasons Rempis decided to start his own imprint, Aerophonic Records, in 2013. Heard here for the first time, the album holds up almost ten years later as a testament to the deeply empathetic relationship that these two sensitive improvisers have both had naturally, and also worked hard to develop further. And it helps to fill in some history between that first release, and 2020’s Codes/Myths on Aerophonic.”
Joe McPhee Quintet / Ernie Bostic Quartet
Live at Vassar 1970
Corbett vs. Dempsey
“Poughkeepsie, NY, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee organized a great double-bill at Vassar College in 1970, featuring himself and his local underground jazz peers. One discs in the 2-CD package of previously unreleased music consists of a complete set of music by McPhee's quintet - wild and deeply soulful free jazz quite close in spirit to McPhee's legendary debut, NATION TIME, with clear connections to Pharoah Sanders; on the second disc, a simmering Hammond B-3 set introduces the Ernie Bostic Quartet and serves as an on-the-ground, in-the-crib soul-jazz foil to McPhee's political and astral explorations.
Catalytic Artist albums
“All donations received from the sale of this recording will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) [https://www.naacpldf.org], "America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society."”
WINTER 2021: SIX NEW ARTISTS AT CATALYTIC SOUND
In winter and spring 2021, we welcome Tashi Dorji, Christof Kurzmann, Damon Locks, Paul Lytton, Zeena Parkins, and Tomeka Reid to the roster!
SIX NEW ARTISTS AT CATALYTIC SOUND
In summer and fall 2020, we welcome Jaap Blonk, Chris Corsano, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Bonnie Jones, Brandon Lopez, and claire rousay to the roster!