"One of the living masters of the gaita"
— The Wall Street Journal (2013)
“Ms. Pato will amaze you. Her playing dismisses any notion of a square, martial quality, infusing almost constant exotic coloration, finding entire ranges of microtones between pitches and bending one into another (...) what Mr. Golijov calls “something incredibly primal.”
— New York Times, James R. Oestreich (September 16, 2006)
"Ms. Pato’s sound is unlike any bagpipe playing you’ve heard: imagine the timbres of an oboe, a metal-ready electric guitar and a screaming trumpet rolled into a single, virtuosic burst of energy”
— New York Times, Allan Kozinn (August 21, 2007)
"Lo mejor de Cristina Pato quizá no sea tanto este presente que la ilusiona, sino el futuro que se le adivina ...”
— El País, Carlos Galilea (23 de Marzo de 1999)
Cristina has received yet another recognition for her career: After receiving the Castelao Medal last June, the Conselleiro (Secretary) of Culture and Education of the Galician Government announced yesterday that the jury has selected her for the Galician Culture Award in the category of Foreign Outreach. Presented by the Xunta de Galicia, this awards recognize the work of people and institutions in different fields of creation, heritage preservation and dissemination of Galician culture. The award ceremony will be held in upcoming dates, yet to be announced. Stay tuned!
Cristina is honored and grateful for this new recognition.
From August 7 to September 15 Cristina is immersed in the pilot course she co-created named “Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration” with professors Ken Kosik (Neuroscience) and Kim Yasuda (Arts), at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This course introduces students to the cross-disciplinary field of memory studies and demonstrate how different disciplines approach common questions. Its approach is motivated by Cristina and the musical composition and story that her mother’s dementia inspired, the seminal My Lethe Story, and the power of interdisciplinary education through the arts. This course is possible thanks to the generosity of Jody and John Arnhold.
And if your are in the US, here are the dates for her upcoming US Fall Tour:
After almost two years writing the column enlazARTE for El Correo Gallego, Cristina opened in July a new chapter in her press contributions with a new column for La Voz de Galicia, the third most important Spanish newspaper.
The weekly column, titled The Art of Restlessness, appears every Friday on the back page of the newspaper and online here →.
In other news, if you want to read Cristina’s praised Castelao Medals acceptance speech, it’s available here (pdf, Galician) →.
Lastly, Cristina and Wöyza were the protagonists of one of the magical moments of the 25 de Xullo Special Gala on Galician TV channel TVG, with their rendition of Natural Woman. Here’s the video: