Catherine Lee – Remote Together

Music for oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn with electronics, field recordings and fixed media by Canadian and American composers residing in the Pacific Northwest

Remote Together has been nominated for a 2022 JUNO Award for “Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist)”!

Remote Together is a musical exploration of metamorphosis, taking the listener on a compelling, evolutionary journey, responsive to pandemic culture. Beautifully cathartic, explorative and timely, the album offers a wide variety of unexpected sonic appeal as the pieces thoughtfully integrate the oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn with field recordings. Featuring the music of Canadian and American composers residing in the Pacific Northwest, the album begins in familiar territory surrounding a lush, Baroque-inspired melody, and then travels through previously uncharted sound worlds in which Lee interacts with the unlikely but welcome partners of renaissance chant, falling rain, zither, and microtonal shift. As the co-creator of the final piece, Lee provides a gorgeous culminatory exploration of the lifecycle of the bombyx mori (domestic silk moth), showcasing the beauty and power of metamorphosis, and offering insight, perspective and possibility around the ways in which our human existence and work have changed during this time of seclusion. The majority of these pieces were specifically composed for her and each incorporates varying degrees of improvisation, making each performance unique.

1. Nocturne (2013) for solo oboe by Jordan Nobles
2. Chanson de Fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine (2017) for oboe and soundscape by Dana Reason
3. Alluvium (2017) for oboe d’amore and electronics by Taylor Brook
4. Red Eyes, Green Lion’s Teeth, Golden Heads (2017) for oboe d’amore and tape by Julian Snow
5. Chiasmus (2018) for English horn and synthesizer by Matt Carlson
6. Silkys (2020) for oboe and field recordings by Catherine Lee and Juniana Lanning

Catherine Lee – oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, and field recordings
Matt Carlson – synthesizer on track 5
Juniana Lanning – sound manipulation on track 6

On a “mission to lead her tribe of double reeds to a new vision appropriate to the new century. Brava! Long live Catherine’s Oboe.” – New Music Buff, 2021

“the inherent beauty of her instruments’ timbres are maximized by the musicality she brings to even the most experimental setting. Her instruments allow for such natural human expression they can’t help but engage no matter how abstract” – Textura, 2021

“Lee showcases her beautiful dark tone on all three instruments and her mastery of 20th-century techniques… a direct reflection of current society” – The Whole Note, 2021

force of impact and emotional resonance… the discordance and beauty throughout are a perfect reflection of finding flickers of peace and comfort amid the nonstop madness.” – Voice of Energy, 2021

“a beautiful sonic score… ever-evolving, emotionally touching … Catherine Lee‘s hovering, floating, and somewhat outerworldly oboe performance to create a piece that truly exceeds the dimensions of space and time. Highly recommended, this.” –, 2021

“Lee’s pure, clear oboe[offers] a compelling evolutionary journey of spacious deep beauty – explorative, moving and cathartic… tone, timbre and melodic inventions are impeccable in this graceful listening journey.” – SE Examiner, 2021

“meshes sounds that you might hear in a recital hall or a studio with sounds that might come from the forest or the riverside… an adventurous path – NW Reverb, 2021

“beautiful phrasing, ability to project a long melodic line, and considerable skill… her virtuosity is apparent – IAWM Journal, 2021

Program Notes

Remote Together is available from:

Produced by Catherine Lee

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 recorded and engineered by Josh Powell at The Map Room, Portland, Oregon
Track 6 oboe and field recordings recorded by Catherine Lee at Tadpole Labs
Mixed by Josh Powell (1, 2), Taylor Brook (3), and Juniana Lanning (4, 5, 6)
Mastering by Josh Powell / The Map Room except (6) by Taylor Brook
Cover photomicrograph of shed silkworm exoskeleton by Catherine Lee
Graphic design and layout by Dylan Marcus McConnell / Tiny Little Hammers
Head shot by Rene Grossso

Taylor Brook:
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Julian Snow:
Juniana Lanning:
Jordan Nobles:
Catherine Lee:

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Catherine LeeCatherine Lee
An expert performer of oboe, English horn, and oboe d’amore, Catherine Lee actively commissions evocative new music and has extensive experience in classical, contemporary, interdisciplinary collaborations, and free improvisation settings. A founding member of the Lee+Hannafin Duo alongside Matt Hannafin, Lee is also part of the Re:Soundings trio which performed Roscoe Mitchell’s seminal work Nonaah at the Park Avenue Armory (NYC, 2019) and whose recording of the piece is available on Roscoe Mitchell and Ostravaska Banda (Wide Hive Records, 2020). A former member of Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, Catherine has also appeared with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Portland Opera Orchestra and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, among others. Lee’s solo CD, social sounds, released in 2013 on Teal Creek Music and featuring works by Canadian composers received wide acclaim, having been deemed “a CD as compelling as it is eminently listenable.” (The WholeNote) A well-known researcher and dedicated teacher, Lee is on faculty at Willamette University and holds a Doctor of Music in Oboe Performance from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), and a certification from the Deep Listening Institute (New York).