Kathryn Ladano is now Dr. Ladano PhD.
Music is in her blood and now her title!
Kathryn Ladano is now Dr. Ladano PhD.
Music is in her blood and now her title!
Guest post by Kathryn Ladano
Now that NUMUS‘ most recent season is finished, I just want to say that next season, I can’t friggin’ wait to present Sasquatch: The Opera – composed by Roddy Bottum of the band Faith No More. I saw this at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer and knew that we had to find a way to bring it to Kitchener/Waterloo. It’s happening in February 2019! We’ll be doing four performances which will feature the original cast and the NUMUS orchestra led by Roddy himself!
February 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2019. Registry Theatre, Waterloo.
Read more at the Guardian: Bigfoot and me: Roddy Bottum on his avant garde monster opera
Guest directed by: Kathryn Ladano
I poached this one from the social media of world famous bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano. She blamed this mess on her Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Industrial Orchestra. [That show was
April 14 cancelled due to an ice storm.]
This just proves even world class musicians are human beings…who need coffee to function!
My sister, world-travelling bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano, is in Scotland!
This should surprise no-one, but one of the things she is doing in Scotland is drinking beer.
As luck should have it, on her first day, she had a fall at a pub. I am assuming alcohol was involved, but that’s not important to the story. She spotted a black Scottish Schnauzer, and jumped up to see it. She bumped her head and injured her shoulder. In her email to the family, she said, “I have a lump, but I didn’t have to go to the hospital.” Glad she’s OK!
My dad read this email first, and he immediately announced to the family that “Kathryn had a great start to her vacation…got a concussion, dislocated a shoulder. In a hospital.”
Talk about misreading! My dad has been known to 1) stretch the truth, and 2) immediately go to worst-case scenario, but I’ve never seen anything like this before! She specifically said she didn’t have to go to the hospital, and she made sure to put that up front so my dad wouldn’t worry too much. Well shit!
GETTING MORE TALE #572: A Weekend at the Lake
A new summer, and new tech! My beloved BlackBerry Z10, bought over four years ago in early 2013, has bitten the dust. That Blackberry was responsible for most of my Sausagefest and Mike and Aaron Go to Toronto videos, not to mention the hundreds of photos it provided for this site. In that time, my BlackBerry required no service at all. So to all those who told me not to buy a CrackBerry:
My new weapon is a Samsung (not the kind that explodes) and so far I’m very pleased with it. This past weekend I had a chance to give its camera and video abilities a test run. Needless to say the quality of both exceeds my four year old phone. I was so happy with the quality that I decided to edit together a little video and post it for you. I’ve done this for a few good reasons:
Please enjoy some of the music of Stealth, and the sounds of pure nature. Look for a cameo by my dad, up to no good prob’ly. Leave your comments below: What do you think LeBrain’s dad is up to this time?
A biographical tale about world-renowned bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano, a champion of improvised music…and my sister.
GETTING MORE TALE #542: Guy Zemmiton
My sister had a favourite Star Wars figure when we were small. There were so many to choose from. I had plenty of my own favourites. Droids such as IG-88 and 2-1B were cool and different. Yoda was special because he came with a record four accessories: his belt, cloak, walking stick and snake. But my sister’s favourite was Luke, in his X-Wing pilot outfit. It was released in 1978 and went beautifully with the X-Wing toy I got for Christmas that year. My sister Kathryn called him “Luke, the guy with the helmet on”. When she said “guy with the helmet on,” it came out as “Guy Zemmiton”. She was three.
We spent hours setting up massive wars on our living room floor. Guy Zemmiton would heroically defend the Rebellion from Darth Vader and the Empire. [See Record Store Tales Part 0: A Few Words for Days Gone By] Star Wars and its action figures were our universe back then.
We knew there was a second Star Wars movie coming. The Empire Strikes Back was finally released right around the time Kathryn got incredibly sick.
One night she was complaining about a “sore tongue”. I remember my parents frantically running around the house in the middle of the night. “I want some juice,” I heard her croak from another room. My dad said they had to take her to the hospital. They got a babysitter. I was incredibly upset and Kathryn remembered me looking down from the top of the stairs as they carried her away. It was a rare condition called epiglottitis that can affect children and causes their airways to close. Bill Bixby, star of The Incredible Hulk as David Banner, had a son who died of epiglottitis. She was in that hospital in an air tent with a tube down her throat before she started getting better and visitors were allowed.
This whole time I was very worried and my dad decided to take me to see The Empire Strikes Back just the two of us, while my mom stayed with Kathryn in the hospital as she did every day. In the movie theater lobby, they were selling oversized Marvel Empire Strikes Back comics and my dad bought one for me! The movie was amazing. I didn’t like seeing “Guy Zemmiton” being hurt, but the snow walker scene was an instant hit. We left the theater to go and see my sister at the hospital. I wasn’t to tell her that we had seen “Guy Zemmiton”, as we didn’t want to upset her. That made it hard to explain where the comic came from, but I was so excited to see her.
A couple weeks later she came home, and dad took the whole family out to see Empire. Kathryn was elated to get to see “Guy Zemmiton”, especially since there were so many scenes of Luke in that very outfit! But my dad was a tease. The whole time before the movie started he was claiming we were in the wrong theater. “No Guy Zemmiton here,” he said. “This theater is showing Captain Peachfuzz and the Penguins!” He may have actually convinced her that we were about to see Captain Peachfuzz and the Penguins, and I was beginning to wonder myself! It was with great relief that we saw “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” on the screen in big blue letters. “I thought this was Captain Peachfuzz and the Penguins,” whispered my dad.
“Guy Zemmiton” was thrilling and my sister was in her glory finally having seen his latest adventure. It was great for everything to finally be back to normal.
I read that comic book over and over again the whole summer, and later on we even got to go see Empire again. It was at a drive-in and Empire was the second feature. I think we both fell asleep long before the movie was over.
A lot of people say Empire is their favourite Star Wars, but for Kathryn, she really means it. Empire was central to a scary time (that she still remembers clearly) when she almost died. Not every three year old kid can claim that.
Congratulations to Kathryn Ladano for winning the Waterloo Region Arts Award in the Music category!
Check out a review of Kathryn’s latest album with her duo Stealth right here.
For more information, please go to KathrynLadano.com
Way to go Kathryn!
What is summer without a few trips to the cottage? This past weekend was beautiful and loaned itself to some photography and loads of music.
Below, you will find a video using a new track by Stealth, the duo made up of bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano, and percussionist Richard Burrows. The music is “point i” from their debut album, called …listen. Thanks to Youtube, you no longer have to just “listen”!
“Point i” suited the jungle planet in the photos. I was just playing around with my Star Wars Black Series 6″ figures and I wanted to show off my new IG-88 and Chewbacca. I got carried away and what you see below is the result. It was a lot of fun, which I hope you can see in the adventure!
Thanks to Kathryn and Stealth for permission to use the music. Pick up ...listen by contacting the artists at kathrynladano.com, coming soon to iTunes and Amazon.
I may not know much about new music (the genre), or much about playing an instrument, but I appreciated the listening instructions enclosed within the liner notes from Stealth’s debut album:
“…listen is intended as a moment in time for contemplation. The listener chooses the length based on various points within the experience. The album is intended to be heard as one track but can be divided based on your desired length of listening experience.”
It sounds intimidating, but listen is surprisingly accessible. The title is very apt. I decided to go all-in. The album is almost an hour, divided into nine unnamed segments.
Considering that Stealth is composed of percussionist Richard Burrows and bass clarinettist Kathryn Ladano, I was surprised the music was so smooth. Judging by a previous project both were involved in (a quintet called Digital Prowess), I expected Stealth to be a lot more random and schizophrenic. Plus, Kathryn Ladano and I share the same last name — she’s my sister. So I know a little bit about the nutso kind of music she normally liked to perform. Let’s just say that I saw Digital Prowess play Frank Zappa’s “The Black Page #2” in front of a crowd including a few seniors who may have wondered what the hell was going on.
That’s not to say Stealth isn’t challenging, but I think much instrumental music is challenging by its nature. There are some factors here that take the edges out a little. Richard Burrows performs a dual role: adding steady beats to help keep you up with what’s going on, and using percussion to create melodies and other special moments. Meanwhile, Kathryn Ladano creates interesting and rarely heard sounds from just a wind instrument, all the while maintaining a balanced accompanying role with the percussion. At no point do the two instruments interfere with each other. Sometimes you may have to ask yourself, “Is that sound I just heard percussion, or did she do something crazy with the bass clarinet?”
Improvisation similar to “point f” on the CD
The music evokes scenes in the mind. At times it’s a jazzy, gripping spy drama, at others a slow moving tour at dawn…you can imagine many images to go with this music, and I think that’s part of the point. The liner notes state clearly that listen is an interactive experience. It’s fairly seemless though can hear where the intended breaks take place. I think most listeners would want to break it down into bits, maybe half an hour at a time.
But like I said, I was fearless and went all-in for the hour. I found the album to be an excellent, always interesting journey. The duo format works splendidly and I hope Stealth re-convene for a second album. The percussion and bass clarinet are never up front as feature instruments as they are here. Lead bass clarinet? Turns out it’s a pretty versatile instrument once you’ve spent a couple decades squeezing noises out of the beast. There are noises called squeaks that are not considered “proper” in classically trained circles — they are considered mistakes. Kathryn Ladano has turned squeaks into music by mastering them, just as Ted Nugent has done the same with guitar feedback. As for Richard Burrows, my only wish is that the liner notes should have spelled out the different instruments he’s playing because there are a lot of different percussion sounds on the album. He’s excellent, and I especially like what I call his “jungle drums” on “point i” of the CD. Really enjoyable.
I’ve stated my bias up front, but I do truly believe that listen is a praise-worthy work. Sonically it’s deep, and very well recorded. Check it out and buy your copy by contacting the artists via kathrynladano.com. Coming soon to Amazon and iTunes.