Bio

Kathi Taylor, Artist and Musician

Art and Music Bios

Kathi has been creating art and performing music full-time on Cape Cod since her arrival from Boston in 2009. When she first moved to the Cape she met Cris Reverdy, talented artist and owner of Studio-Brush, Sandwich. Cris welcomed Kathi and her work into the vibrant gallery/studio space at Merchant’s Square, and they spent five years creating art and running the gallery together. The Merchant’s Square “Gallery” location closed in 2014, when they both decided to focus on their own art. Kathi now works out of her home studio.  Kathi has most recently expanded into textile design. She is designing fabric and has partnered with friend and talented seamstress, Maureen O’Brien. They have formed KatMo Designs and are creating beautiful, hand-crafted products. Visit the KatMo Designs website to see the latest news.

Kathi works in a variety of media including enhanced photography, scratchboard, acrylic mixed media, digital graphics, and textiles.  Her love of rich and vibrant color, as well as her design sense, influences her work. Since moving to the Cape, she has been a part of many local shows. She was one of 25 artists asked by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to transform a fiberglass bass fish into a work of art. The fish were auctioned to raise money for the Cultural Center’s new educational wing. She also transformed a chair into a work of art for another fundraiser at the Cultural Center for the Cape Cod Hospital, and she won honorable mention for her piece, “Summer Squared” in the Falmouth Artists Guild’s 2013 Juried Abstract Exhibit. When living in Boston, she created a series of large mixed media pieces on wood for an exhibit at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston and also was selected from several Boston area artists to create a piece for Children’s Hospital Boston.

Other works include her digitally enhanced photographs. She changes her favorite photos to a slightly (or not so slightly) enhanced reality. “Although the locations and photos are beautiful by themselves, I can lose myself for hours transforming them to even more intense realities.” Encouraged by the response of friends and family, she decided to make this work available to others and has been successfully selling her images since living on Cape Cod.

Kathi began her art career working as an apprentice and then master printer in one of Los Angeles’ foremost printmaking and etching studios during the 1980s. This supportive, creative environment and her working relationship with some of Southern California’s most successful artists inspired her to pursue her own art. She soon developed a unique style using several printmaking techniques such as collagraph, relief, linoleum, viscosity-resist painting and monoprinting. During this time, she worked with several art dealers and later maintained an exclusive international distribution contract with Winn Corporation (now Winn Devon) of Seattle, Washington. Following a decade of printmaking, her interest shifted towards the computer art field. Working as a graphic designer and digital production artist, she began combining traditional and digital techniques in her work.

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in history and French, Kathi is an accomplished musician with a degree in percussion from the Grove School of Music. She has been playing drums professionally for over 30 years, performing in the U.S. and Europe, and currently plays in several bands with her life partner, Bob Dunlap.

Kathi’s work is in numerous corporate and private collections, including:

Boston Children’s Hospital
Hilton Hotels
ABC Television
Bill Gates, private collection
Xerox Corporation
Kraft Corporation
Familian Corporation
Tobishima USA
DATACOM
Elizabeth Weiner Galleries (Australia and Hong Kong)
Calabasas, California, City Hall
Nashua, New Hampshire, Public Library
US Bank of Washington
United Jersey Bank, NY
Century Towers (California)
Kaiser Medical Facilities
AIX Records (California)
Arthur A. Kaplan Co., Inc. (posters)

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Kathi’s music career began in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. She played drums with several local rock bands before joining up with The Mustangs, an all-girl, country rock group with strong songwriters and a big vocal sound. The band was together for several years, performing regularly on the L.A. country roots scene, including frequent appearances at the legendary Palomino club. They showcased with the top acts at the time including Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Jeffrey Steele, and Rosie Flores.

During their years together, The Mustangs did several recordings, performed in Vegas and on network TV, were nominated “Vocal Group of the Year” by the California Country Music Association, and played at the famous South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas. While in Austin, they were featured performers at the Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Friends show where they shared the stage with Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Lucinda Williams. The Mustangs also had successful European tours including performances at The Powerhaus in London and the famous Roskilde Festival in Denmark where they opened for Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.

In addition to her west coast career with The Mustangs and as a successful freelance musician, Kathi was the regular drummer for legendary Cajun accordionist Joe Simien, and a frequent guest drummer for Lisa Haley and the Zydecats. She also performed for the crowned heads of Nashville with the band Way Out West, which earned them a development deal from Sony Records.

In 1998, Kathi relocated to Boston with her partner in love and music, Robert Emmet (Bob) Dunlap, a South Boston native and gifted musician. Since their move, they have been involved with various music projects in the Boston area and released Bob’s first CD of original music, Notes from Home. Not only did Kathi provide the drums, percussion and backing vocals but she also painted the cover art and designed the CD package and website (www.robertemmetdunlap.com).

Currently, Kathi and Bob perform regularly as RedKat Duet, Bob•Kat, Bob•Kat Trad Trio, Hogan’s Goat, and in the rocking trio, The Skiffs, with Sean Brennan. The Skiffs won the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s 2013 Spring Talent Search – earning them an opening spot for the popular Pops by the Sea concert in Hyannis in August of that year, and an outdoor concert in Chatham as part of the Citizens’ Bank Summer Concert Series. They have continued to earn an annual slot at the popular Summer Concert Series since then. Kathi and Bob have performed Bob’s original music show, “Notes from Home”, including a live concert at Sandwich Town Hall that was captured and broadcast by Sandwich Community Television (SCTV). They recently began performing a new show of traditional and original music, “Mick Ryan’s Lament: A Song in Three Acts” – An Irishman’s Journey from famine era Ireland to the American Civil War to Little Big Horn told through traditional and original songs and music”.  Mick Ryan’s Lament, the song that inspired this concert, was written by Robert Emmet Dunlap and has become a classic that has struck a chord with people worldwide. More information about their various music projects and a schedule of their upcoming shows can be found on Bob’s website.

When living in Boston, Kathi and Bob were the fifth and sixth members of the band Orpheus Reborn, which included four of the original members of the legendary 60s Boston band, Orpheus, who had the classic hit “Can’t Find the Time”. Kathi played percussion and drums in the band and contributed to the impressive six-part vocal sound. From the Orpheus Reborn website (www.orpheusreborn.com): “Her skills with a wide range of percussive devices and effect generators add variety and complexity to the group’s rhythm structure and instrumental melodic content, her clear alto expands and enhances the vocal arrangements, and her very presence helps to keep the group’s “rowdy side” in check. In addition to being a world-class musician that has toured internationally, Kathi is also an accomplished fine artist, and has lent these considerable talents to the creation of the group’s collateral material.”

As a Boston and Los Angeles freelance musician, Kathi has played a variety of musical styles – rock, blues, Cajun, Zydeco, country, jazz and Irish. When living in Boston, she was an in-demand drummer on the Somerville, MA roots music scene, both live and in the studio. Artists she performed with include the Radioactive Rustlers, the Patsy Hamel Band, the Tom Hagerty Band, Johnnie Mac, Attention Shoppers, Dig in the Dirt, Thea Hopkins, and Nashville singer/songwriter Teddy Larkin. Kathi recorded with several bands on the Song for Sally compilation CD – a collection of 13 bands who performed regularly at Sally O’Brien’s pub in Somerville. Other CD releases Kathi performed on include Bailed Out by Johnnie Mac and One Moment In Time by Patsy Hamel.

During her active L.A. art and music careers, Kathi attended the Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, CA and received a degree in drums and percussion. She also had the honor of studying drums privately for several years with Kay Carlson, a legend in her own right and a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. Kay was an inspirational teacher to many aspiring and successful drummers in the Los Angeles area, and will be missed by many.

May 28, 1931 - April 5, 2010

May 28, 1931 – April 5, 2010

Thanks to Eric “The Snake” Gulliksen’s hard work, a discography of Kathi’s recordings, including sound clips, can be found on the Orpheus Reborn website.