Kat Gallardo, known as “katgrüvs,” is riding the new wave of modern fingerstyle guitarists. Covering her heroes such as Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, and Preston Reed in high school, she fell in love and was inspired by the polyphonic sound of open-tuned acoustic guitar. A self-taught artist with a solid sense of time and rhythm, she discovers new ways to nurture her passion for percussive fingerstyle guitar arrangement and composition. The name “katgrüvs” captures her innate feel for “grüv” and pocket, a trait steeped in years of playing in jazz, funk, and rock ensembles. A graduate from the University of California, Davis in Mechanical Engineering, she aspires to marry her lifelong passion for music with creative engineering.
Kat has shared the stage with and opened for internationally-renowned fingerstyle guitarists such as Van Larkins, Adrian Bellue, Nick Johnson, Janet Noguera, Forest Bailey, and more. She recently performed at the House of Blues in Anaheim in January 2020 alongside fingerstyle legends Kaki King, Muriel Anderson, Christie Lenée, and Vicki Genfan, as part of Fretmonkey Records' Women in Fingerstyle Concert. Kat is proudly endorsed by Furch/Stonebridge Guitars, Elite Acoustics, Music Area Cases and Cling On Tuner and Pickup.
Kat's upcoming debut EP, "Get Grüvy," has been mixed and mastered by Alex Anderson of Candyrat Records and Tree of Life Studio, with album artwork and design by Sean De Burca. "Get Grüvy" has been released on all streaming platforms and in physical CD format on June 26, 2020. All proceeds from the sales of this EP will go to benefit the UC Davis Medical Center COVID-19 Fund.