Portland-based musician, Kathleen Hollingsworth has been performing and writing for most of her life. A childhood steeped in singing led her to study piano and composition and is highly active in the northwest as a choral educator, adjudicator, director and leads the band, Mad Love. She is the recipient of a Downbeat Award and is a commissioned writer for the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and the Jazz Educator Network. She is professional vocalist for OCP and Resonance Ensemble and is the Founder/Director of the Music Performance and Technology degree at Clackamas Community College in Portland, OR. She has worked with musical giants such as Danilo Perez, Fareed Haque, Phil Mattson, Martin Bejerano, Terence Blanchard, Rhiannon, Billy Martin and John Medeski.
Mad Love began completely serendipitously. A neighbor told Brent that Kathleen was looking for a drummer and immediately, there was a musical and east coast soul connection. Over time, different bassists joined the group, but ultimately David Captein, was hired to record ISH. Captein’s kind demeanor, and skilled capability added an element of jazz sensitivity to the recording.