Kato Change | Performance Artist | Kenya

Africa Centre
February 24, 2016
Posted by Wanjiru Koinange
Tags: African Artists African Music AIR2015 Kato Change Kenya Sacatar

A charismatic performer with inimitable improv chops, Kato Change flirts with virtuosity. The guitarist’s beaming onstage persona is paired with a nimble command of his instrument. Kato continually draws from a heritage of jazz legends as well as flamenco, rhythm and blues and rock genres, creating sounds that are both familiar and utterly singular. Kato Change is one of the premiere jazz guitarists in Kenya and a champion of dynamic global cultural exchange.

 

In 2012, Kato was selected to be one of thirty two musicians selected worldwide to be part of the One Beat program, a residency and tour that brings together musical leaders from around the world to create original work and develop a global network of civically engaged music initiatives.

Self-taught, Kato’s curiosity in guitar was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. Foundational to his ornate, self-directed style is a universal musical pulse, energized by the continuous feedback loops that link artists across the globe.

In his live videos, one can observe his leadership and generous collaborative spirit. A much sought-after player, Kato strums regularly alongside his jazz ensemble, The Change Quartet, the Aaron Rimbui Quintet, and other notable groups in Nairobi. Kato will be taking up residency at Instituto Sacatar in Brazil.