Kathryn Ladano (ON) (2016–2018)

As a per­former, edu­ca­tor, Artis­tic Direc­tor and advo­cate for the arts and con­tem­po­rary music in South­ern Ontario, my place on the CNMN board allows me to work with oth­er like-mind­ed peo­ple in the nation­al arts com­mu­ni­ty and to also raise the pro­file of the arts scene in my home com­mu­ni­ty of Kitch­en­er-Water­loo. I great­ly val­ue the work that the CNMN does. I bring my expe­ri­ence as a board mem­ber, Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, and Artis­tic Direc­tor of local con­tem­po­rary music orga­ni­za­tions to this great orga­ni­za­tion. The con­tem­po­rary music scene across Cana­da is some­thing to be cel­e­brat­ed and through the efforts of the CNMN, we can help it to grow and thrive.

Kathryn Ladano is a spe­cial­ist of con­tem­po­rary music and free impro­vi­sa­tion and has per­formed as a soloist and cham­ber musi­cian across Cana­da and abroad on the bass clar­inet. 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 stu­dio at Wil­frid Lau­ri­er Uni­ver­si­ty, and the bass clar­inet instruc­tor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Water­loo. Kathryn’s debut CD “Open” was released in 2010, fea­tur­ing new com­po­si­tions and freely impro­vised music. He also released an album titled “…lis­ten” with her duo, Stealth, with per­cus­sion­ist Richard Bur­rows. She is cur­rent­ly pur­su­ing her PhD at York Uni­ver­si­ty in Toron­to under the super­vi­sion of Casey Sokol. Her research inter­ests include impro­vi­sa­tion ped­a­gogy, and the rela­tion­ship between dif­fer­ent types of anx­i­eties and the prac­tice of free improvisation.