Canadian musician Catherine Potter lost her battle with breast cancer on December 3, 2010, at the age of 52. She was widely considered Canada’s master bansuri player. The bansuri is a bamboo Indian flute which she studied in India under the guidance of renowned Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Potter was born in Guelph, Ontario. She held a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the Université de Montréal as well as a bachelor’s in jazz studies from Concordia University. She received several grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts, and won the Jon Higgins Award in 1999.
She collaborated with a number of musicians in Canada and in India: Boubacar Diabaté, Simon Shaheen, Ramasutra, and Ganesh Anandan, among others.
Her world music ensemble group Duniya Project, which she founded in 2002, garnered acclaim in the Americas, Europe, and India. Duniya, meaning ‘world’ in several languages, evokes both the global flavor of the music and the bringing together of outstanding core musicians and guests from varied musical backgrounds performing in diverse permutations.
Duniya Project included Jorge Martinez on flamenco guitar, Nicolas Caloia on double-bass, Vineet Vyas on tabla and Thom Gossage on drums. Previous guests included Palestinian oud player, Simon Shaheen; tabla-player, Subhankar Bannerjee; and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
She released her first CD, Bansuri, in 1997. Her second album, Duniya Project, came out in 2006.