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 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 founding member of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Tapestry, winners of Chamber Music America’s Recording of the Year and Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik Prize, Catt has performed throughout the U.S. Europe and South America and has recordings with Telarc International and MDG/Koch International.
Prior to founding Blue Thread with Radan, Catt worked with him in his ensembles, Balmus and Clash of Civilizations. They also collaborated on several theatrical productions. 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.