Saxophonist Cath Roberts works in a variety of ensembles exploring free improvisation, composed music and the territories that lie between them. Originally from Northamptonshire and based in London since 2005, she has strong links with improvisers from the north of England, who have become some of her closest collaborators. These connections form the basis of her band Sloth Racket: the ensemble grew out of Ripsaw Catfish, Cath’s long-standing duo with guitarist Anton Hunter, and adds Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Seth Bennett (bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums). Sloth Racket have released three albums (on the Luminous and Tombed Visions labels) and toured the UK regularly since their formation in 2015.
Cath was Artist in Residence at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2016, where she premiered a set of new music with an expanded ten-piece version of Sloth Racket. Later named Favourite Animals, this group released an album in 2017 and toured the UK in a double bill with Anton Hunter’s Article XI ensemble.
On baritone Cath is a member of Tom Ward’s ensembles Madwort Sax Quartet and Madwort’s Menagerie, Anton Hunter’s Article XI, Vole, Alex Ward’s Item 10, and Paulo Daurte’s Overground Collective big band. She plays regularly in duos with Seth Bennett and Tullis Rennie, as well as other ad-hoc groupings of improvisers. Her contemporary jazz septet Quadraceratops released an album on Manchester label Efpi Records in 2014 to critical acclaim. When not performing Cath runs LUME with Dee Byrne. LUME activities to date have included concert series, tours and two editions of LUME Festival, and they release music from LUME projects on an offshoot record label, Luminous.
2016 Artist in Residence, Lancaster Jazz Festival
2018 A Glorious Monster - Sloth Racket (Luminous)
2017 Favourite Animals - Favourite Animals (Luminous)
2017 See The Looks On The Faces - Sloth Racket (Tombed Visions)
2017 Blurts/Growls - Tullis Rennie & Cath Roberts (Luminous)
2017 Shapeshifters – Sloth Racket (Luminous)
2017 Namazu – Ripsaw Catfish (Raw Tonk)
2016 Triptych – Sloth Racket (Luminous)
2014 For The Benefit Of The Tape - Ripsaw Catfish (Raw Tonk)
2014 Quadraceratops - Quadraceratops (Efpi)
“Roberts’s Sloth Racket is lurching between riff and abstraction…maintains an elegant balance between emergent melody and the wilder activity at its fringes.” – The Wire
“Favourite Animals confirms Roberts’ talent as a composer and Luminous as a label to watch”– Jazzwise