January 20th and 27th, 2002 : The Rita invest the theater of Champs Elysees for two concerts with the Orchestre Lamoureux. We can hear some Rita Misouko songs of in symphonic version, and for the first time "Triton" and "Trop Bonne". Standards by Léo Ferré, Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Trénet and Neil Young are also played. The album " Les Rita Mitsouko en concert avec l'Orchestre Lamoureux " released on March 23rd, 2004 immortalizes these symphonic versions, and the Rita will play at this occasion two evenings at the Cirque d'Hiver on April 14th and 15th, 2004.
From June 28th and 29th and July 11th, 2002 at Trabendo, we can have a precise idea of how the next album will sound like, as well as on July 3rd and 4th at Espace Cardin. September 10th, 2002 : Release of " La Femme Trombone des Rita Mitsouko", which was mixed in November-December, 2001 in the studio Plus XXX. It is a short and concise album: 11 songs and 2 interludes. The sleeve was painted by Phil Frost. The first two singles "Triton" and "Sacha", are shoot by Hiroyuki Nakano. A third single "Tu Me Manques" is sent to radios. Concerts goes on, with Grand Rex on September 20th (+ February 27/28th, 2003) and a French tour in September-October, leading to a bigger tour between May and July, 2003.
December 5th, 2002: Concha Bonita première at Palais de Chaillot, a musical by Alfredo Arias (with music by Nicola Piovani and a notebook by Alfredo Arias and René de Ceccatty), in which Catherine play the lead role. The musical is successful, so a french tour in France is planned in 2003, and a DVD is released on December 10th. The musical is translated in Italian language, and a tour over Italy will take place, and a italian version of "Concha Bonita" is released on CD. The collaboration with Alfredo Arias will go on in August and September 2006 during the performances of the " Noces de l'Enfant-Roi " musical at château de Versailles, for which Catherine & Fred compose the soundtrack.
Catherine will also be involved over this period in other collaborations: a duet with Djura on "Tawes", another one with Thomas Fersen on "Maudie", a song for a cartoon "Nosferatu". Some TV appearances : "La Bohème" in duet with Corneille, during a tribute concert to Charles Aznavour (released on DVD), and two Edith Piaf's songs, "La Goualante Du Pauvre Jean" and "La Fille Et Le Chien", during the Montreux festival.
Fred remixes Amadou and Mariam as well as Bebel Gilberto and french rock band Asyl.
Among the numerous cover versions over this period, we can note the adapation of "C'est Comme Ca" in Brazilian by "Initial capital": "Sem Cansar"