Sloth Racket is a band of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Sam Andreae on alto saxophone, Anton Hunter on guitar, Seth Bennett on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums. They play Cath’s compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results are always different, and so far have ranged across musical territories taking in fiery free jazz, minimal improv textures and heavy riffs.
The band formed in 2015 when Jazz North East invited Cath to present a new project at Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Everyone agreed this had to be more than just a one-off, and they went on to appear at London Jazz Festival, Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival and LUME Festival over the following two years. Sloth Racket have released two studio albums on the Luminous label, a live album on Tombed Visions, and one studio album with an extended lineup, Favourite Animals, also on Luminous and supported by 90 crowdfunder backers. They toured the UK three times in 2016 and 2017 with support from Arts Council England. Also in 2017, Favourite Animals toured in a double bill with Anton Hunter’s Article XI, supported by Arts Council England and the Fenton Arts Trust.
For bookings: cath @ cathrobertsmusic.co.uk
Upcoming gigs on Cath’s main site