Music: Kathryn Ladano
Kathryn Ladano has established herself as one of Canada’s foremost bass clarinetists. As a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation, Ladano is a dynamic soloist and in-demand collaborator. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad and has immersed herself in a wide variety of compositional aesthetics and collaborative endeavours.
Kathryn is heavily involved in both educational and creative work. She is currently the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts, the Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) and instructor of improvisation at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Kathryn has released two solo albums, “Open” (2010) and “Masked” (2019), both of which were made possible by funding from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Her latest release, “Masked” focuses exclusively on freely improvised music for solo bass clarinet.
Kathryn holds a PhD from York University, a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Kathryn completed her PhD at York University under the supervision of Casey Sokol and Dorothy de Val. Kathryn’s research interests include improvisation pedagogy and the use of free improvisation as therapy for musicians with various anxieties.