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.