Episode 7 – Kathryn Ladano, Bass clarinetist and Improvisation specialist

In this episode of the Clarineat podcast, host Sean Perrin talks with Kathryn Ladano, who is an instructor of bass clarinet at the University of Waterloo, and teaches improvisation at Sir Wilfred Laurier University. They delve into her work as an improviser, discuss her latest records, and discuss her passion for having the bass clarinet recognized as a solo instrument. This episode’s giveaway is a signed copy of each of her CDs: “Open” and “…Listen.”

Connect with Kathryn Ladano:

Website: kathrynladano.com
Facebook: /kathrynladano
Twitter: @kathrynladano
Soundcloud: /kathryn-ladano

Other Links Mentioned:

NUMUS Concert Series: numus.on.ca
ISIM: improvisedmusic.org


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3 replies on “Episode 7 – Kathryn Ladano, Bass clarinetist and Improvisation specialist

  • François Houle

    Hi Sean,

    I enjoyed our recent conversation on extended techniques, and look forward to talking some more about this in the future. I just listened to the podcast with Kathryn Ladano with great interest, as she is one of my favorite players on the Canadian scene today. I totally agree with her that the bass clarinet has indeed become a legitimate solo instrument, with an impressive repertoire, and that academia should be enrolling students majoring in that instrument alone, as opposed to it being an extension of learning the standard clarinet and its repertoire.
    Kathryn made a comment about slap tonguing which irked me a bit. She posits that slap tonguing is more effective on the bass clarinet than on a Bb clarinet. I have spent a considerable amount of time perfecting this technique, after hearing a number of Europran colleagues who had mastered and applied slap tonguing in their body of work. I can honestly say from experience that it is not the size of the instrument that matters, but the actually proper set of embouchure settings and air pressure that can yield impressive results. It is true that it is easier to get a good slap tongue on the bass clarinet due to the wider reed and its long resonance chamber, but with a bit of experimenting I have found that it can be achieved just as effectively on smaller instruments, including the Eb clarinet! I would encourage Kathryn to listen to my recordings, especially the ones from 2000 on, for clear evidence that an effective, highly resonant and percussive slap can be achieved.



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