Over the years, Cristi Catt and Nikola Radan have been conversing and collaborating on the ways in which music connects people as it travels. Like a replicating organism, over land or by sea, music adapts and regenerates, finding life in new times, different places. Blue Thread debuted in 2017, performing medieval cantigas for a tour of Portugal followed by an ongoing performance and research residency at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. In January 2020, they recorded their debut album in Boston with a grant from Berklee College of Music. Stay tuned for the release in Fall 2020.
Crist Catt is a singer and improviser with a passion for medieval and oral/folk traditions, known for creating vocal lines over the grooves of ensembles such as Hourglass, Telltale Crossing, Balmus and Le Bon Vent. The L.A.Times writes “the stunning solo excursions by Cristi Catt were as radiant and exciting as any singing I’ve heard all season.” A co-founder of vocal ensemble Tapestry, winners of Chamber Music America’s Recording of the Year and Germany’s Echo Klassik Prize, Catt has performed throughout the U.S. Europe and South America and has recordings with Telarc, Naxos, Erato/Time Warner, MDG/Koch and several indie recordings. A two-time Luso-American Foundation grant recipient, she has researched and performed medieval Gallego-Portuguese Cantigas de Amigo and their cousins for over twenty years. She teaches at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. The author of The Kinesthetic Singer: Lessons on Singing from Basketball and Yoga, she presents workshops throughout the US and abroad.
Nikola Radan flautist, composer, songwriter, producer, and educator, founded the critically-acclaimed world music ensemble, BalMus, co-founded the internationally-awarded Clash of Civilizations music project, and more recently launched Blue Thread, a multicultural music project that explores ancient ballads that connect Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
His music has been premiered nationally and internationally and he has also composed music scores for several documentaries and independent films which have appeared on PBS, Sundance, and IFC channels. He is a professor in the Music Department at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he is the director of the World Music Ensemble.