PIANIST-COMPOSER-Producer PETER KATER
Peter Kater has sold over one million records and written the music for over seventy television and film programs including eleven On and Off-Broadway plays. His 30 critically acclaimed releases in 18 years range from World Fusion and Native American collaborations to contemporary jazz, vocal ensembles, full orchestrations and of course, his signature solo piano recordings. Receiving extensive world-wide airplay on a diverse array of radio formats, Kater's broad creative stroke has touched millions of hearts. In addition, because of his commitment and dedication to the environment and humanitarian causes, Peter was honored with the Environmental Leadership Award by the United Nations.
In May, Kater's new Heart's Desire album debuted at #14 on the New Age Voice Top 100 Chart. Over the last two years his music was heard in the NBC broadcast of the 2000 Summer Olympics; he completed the theme music for the 1999 World Ski Championships; collaborated with Kenny Loggins on his December CD; performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City; and appeared with Best-Selling New Thought authors such as Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations With God), James Redfield (Celestine Prophecy) and Deepak Chopra. Peter's creative passion and depth are more alive than ever before.
Kater has garnered awards such as New Age Voice magazine's 1998 Best Meditation/Healing Award for his Compassion CD. Tower Records' Pulse magazine placed his Dance Of Innocents recording with Nawang Khechog in the Top 100 Independent Records of 1998; and the 1998 Visionary Retailers First Place Award for World Flutes I. Various other finalist awards went to Kater's Essence, Eco-Challenge and Winds of Devotion recordings. These join six NAIRD "Indie Award" nominations for "Best New Age Album" between 1989 and 1996. His critically acclaimed album, Migration, with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, won the 1992 Best New Age Album award. The majority of his albums have appeared in the Top 10 of National Airplay charts and in the Top 20 of Billboard's New Age and Contemporary Jazz charts.
Scoring for television, film and video occupies much of Kater's time. Included in his scoring resume are three Discovery Channel mini-series; "Our Time in Hell: The Korean War", a symphonic score; "Eco-Challenge", a diverse score including world percussion and contemporary rock and vocal styles; and the award winning "How The West Was Lost", a 13 part series on the destruction of our native american cultural heritage, and most recently, "God Speed John Glenn", all of which are award winning. He's written music for a multitude of PBS programs including Joseph Campbell's Mythos series and Marty Stouffer's Wild America. In addition his music has been heard on television in the Olympics, the Wide World of Sports, Entertainment Tonight, Bay Watch, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Hard Copy, E! True Hollywood Story and feature films such as Scenes From a Mall with Woody Allen and Bette Midler and Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers with Woody Harrelson.
An early love for theater has in recent years resurfaced for Kater, as he has now scored four Broadway and seven Off-Broadway plays, all winning various Tony and Drama Critic awards. He has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lanford Wilson; legendary director Marshall Mason; and actors including John Malkovich, Tyne Daly, Tony Randall, Joan Allen, Christopher Reeve, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, Jon Voight and Ethan Hawke to name a few. Also through invitations to various exclusive events at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, John Denver's Choices for the Future and countless Environmental and Humanitarian symposiums around the world, Kater has had the honor of performing for celebraties and dignitarys such as Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gerald Ford, Ted Turner, Shirley Maclaine, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dennis Weaver, Griffin Dunne, Raul Julia, Karl Malden, Laura Dern, James L. Brooks and many others.
Of German birth and descent, Peter moved to New Jersey from Munich, Germany at the age of four and began studying the piano, at his mother's demand, when he was seven. Seven years of classical training led into playing Rock & Roll and Top 40 bands around New Jersey and New York while studying contemporary improvisation. Moving to Boulder, Colorado at the age of eighteen, he began a six-year period of playing only improvisationally in clubs throughout the Rocky Mountain region. "I didn't want to play anything the same way twice, being in the moment and spontaneous was very important to me, both musically and personally", said Kater. When he was twenty years old he accepted a scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles but quit after two months, preferring his life as a professional musician. When Kater realized that his next step was composing and recording his music, he moved back to Colorado "to a less external, more inspiring natural environment" and released his first album of piano solos, SPIRIT, in 1983. (For a complete listing of recordings, please see DISCOGRAPHY).
Peter makes Eco-Challenge more than a soundtrack...the pianist brings together tribal grooves, chamber settings, desert atmospheres, sensual melodies and ethereal spaces ....weaving it all together with keyboard orchestrations and deep, percussively throbbing arrangements.
Kater is astute. He seems to know the piano as well as Babe Ruth knew baseball or Hemingway the art of fiction. --- Rocky Mountain News
If Peter Kater's Compassion, the second release in EarthSea Records Healing Arts Series, is any indication of what is to come; we have much to anticipate.
Essence - The genius of Peter Kater rises like the tide and transports us to a deeper region.
Kater has earned a distinct place among the most respected and prolific artists of the genre. --- Jazziz
Peter Kater has returned to the solo piano format (Soul Nature), where he began, a more mature and deeper composer.... Kater's classical background informs, but doesn't dominate music that is at turns playfully melodic, exploratory, and introspective. --- Billboard
On Soul Nature, Kater has it! You can sense it... He's got the chops and more ... Fans of Keith Jarrett's solo works should embrace Kater's sincerity and passion at the keys!
--- New Age Voice
The pianist's latest (Rooftops) soars with glistening tunes ... sparkling ... radio friendly ... gently elegant.
This gem (Rooftops) is perhaps the sweetest and most infectious release of the young year ... astonishingly lovely compositions. --- Music Connection
Migration is an intensely moving collaboration which exemplifies creativity, purpose and melody in music ... pure pleasure. --- Body Mind Spirit Magazine
Peter deserves high accolades for his musical achievements ... he can fully explore the creative potential of his instrument ... a remarkable gift for improvisation ... I honestly felt chills as he began to play his exquisite music. --- New Frontier Magazine
Flesh & Bone have distilled a sonic essence that is astoundingly beautiful. Skeleton Woman is as sweet as the sleepy tear cried for the loss and love of what the soul desires.
--- Conscious Choice
Kater's Rooftops is one of 91's best discs. Now discover what you've been missing and enjoy the holiday season with a true master. --- Contemporary Jazz Review
This (Honorable Sky) is music that in all its quietude forces one to listen and be moved by its beauty. --- Oakland Tribune
FACT SHEET - Selected sCORING
DISCOVERY's GOD SPEED JOHN GLENN
Off Broadway's LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
DISCOVERY's Our Time In Hell: The Korean War
pbs'S Mythos: Joseph Campbell A SEVEN PART MINI-SERIES
DISCOVERY's Eco-Challenge A fIVE PART MINI-SERIES
Off Broadway's Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson
Off Broadway's ROBBERS by Lyle Kessler
Broadway's THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekov
Off-Broadway's POSTER OF THE COSMOS by Lanford Wilson
Off-Broadway's THE MOONSHOT TAPE by Lanford Wilson
DISCOVERY's HOW THE WEST WAS LOST - ACE award winning 13-part mini-series
Broadway's REDWOOD CURTAIN by Landford Wilson, Tony award-winning
Off-Broadway's THE DESTINY OF ME by Larry Kramer
Broadway's BURN THIS by Landford Wilson, Tony award-winning
PBS's THE PETER KATER GROUP IN CONCERT
Off-Broadway's SUNSHINE by William Mastrosimone
Off-Broadway's SUMMER & SMOKE by Tennessee Williams
PBS's GREENPEACE: GREATEST HITS
PBS's WILD AMERICA over twenty-five episodes
Walt Disney's A TIME TO TELL
DISCOVERY's The WINDSTAR EXPERIMENT
HEART'S DESIRE - Songs ranging from tender piano and string arrangements through rhythmic, herioc anthems . . . featuring Kater's grand piano, acoustic and electric guitars, cello, bass, drums, perucssion, synthesizers, Peter's own vocal beds and most notably, master reed player Paul McCandless playing oboe, soprano sax and penny whistles.
BIRDS OF PREY - Music for the 1999 World Ski Championships, beautifully orchestrated, lush string sections, full orchestral horns and percussion with the contemporary sounds driven by Peter Kater;s grand piano and his dynamic compositions.
PAGAN SAINTS, Flesh & Bone - Rides the edge between New Age, Rock and World Music. It is at once new and deeply familiar; vividly diverse and satisfyingly whole. This album immerses the listener in the emotional journey of the quest for true union of the male and female. Personal yet universal.
SONG FOR HUMANITY, Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai a celebration of 10 Years, 1988-1998- celebrates the visionary collaboration of the two featuring two new selections.
DANCE OF INNOCENTS - with Tibetan Flutist Nawang Khechog, a collection of spontaneous musical conversations celebrating this first meeting of two souls.
COMPASSION- Music for the healing arts, forgiveness, transcendence and peace.
ESSENCE - Music for the healing arts, intimacy, love and Self-remembering
ECO CHALLENGE- Soundtrack from the DISCOVERY Channel series
IMPROVISATIONS IN CONCERT - Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai's first live concert album. Nominated (Best New Age Album 1996) by NAIRD.
SOUL NATURE - Solo Piano
LIFEBLOOD - Joanne Shenandoah with Peter Kater (Produced and Arranged by Peter Kater)
HOW THE WEST WAS LOST, Volume Two - with R. Carlos Nakai - Top 20 Billboard New Age Chart
HONORABLE SKY - Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai - Top 20 Billboard New Age Chart, Nominated "Best New Age Album of 1994" by NAIRD, National Association of Independent Record Distributors
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - Top 20 Billboard New Age
HOW THE WEST WAS LOST - with R. Carlos Nakai, Top 15 Billboard New Age Chart
SKELETON WOMAN - by Flesh & Bone, Nominated "Best New Age Album of 1993" by NAIRD
MIGRATION - Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, "Best New Age Album of 1992" by NAIRD, Top 15 Billboard New Age Chart
THE SEASON - Nominated "Best Seasonal Album of 1991" by NAIRD
COLLECTION 1983-1990 - The Best of Peter Kater
ROOFTOPS - Top 10 National Radio Airplay Charts, Top 25 Billboard New Age Chart
NATIVES - Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, Nominated "Best New Age Album of 1990 by NAIRD, Top 20 Billboard New Age Chart
MOMENTS, DREAMS & VISIONS - Nominated "Best New Age Album of 1989" by NAIRD, Top 15 Billboard New Age Chart
FOR CHRISTMAS - National Best Seller. Solo piano holiday arrangements.
HOMAGE - Soulful Group arrangements.
GATEWAY- #2 National Radio Airplay Charts
FOOL & THE HUMMINGBIRD - Mixed solo piano and group arrangements.
ANTHEM - Solo Piano
TWO HEARTS - #6 National Radio Airplay Charts, Top 20 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart
COMING HOME - #17 National Radio Airplay Charts
SPIRIT - Solo Piano