Karen Ng

Toronto based improviser Karen Ng can be found in many different projects across a wide range of music. She has performed with Andy Shauf, Lido Pimienta, The Weather Station, Luka Kuplowsky, Badge Époque Ensemble, Tim Baker, L CON, Happiness Project, and Do Make Say Think. Currently Karen is involved in several improvising ensembles in the city including Rob Clutton Trio, Kind Mind, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, See Through 4, InBetween as well as various ad hoc duos, trio and quartets.

In 2015 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Europe as well as the OAC National/International Residency grant in 2018 which took place in New York. In 2017 she was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist award. Formerly a board member of the Somewhere There collective, she is the co-founder of TONE festival, Assistant Artistic/General Director of Guelph Jazz Festival and is Chair for the Music Gallery Board of Directors.

Karen’s unique journey through post-secondary institutions has built a solid foundation for her passion in music education, having had the privilege of studying with Canada’s top saxophonists including Sundar Viswanathan, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Don Palmer, and Pat LaBarbera. She considers herself deeply involved in encouraging the younger generation to share her enthusiasm for music and performing. She held a long standing position as the woodwinds instructor at the Long and McQuade Music Lesson Centre and now teaches privately at her home in the downtown west-end and the Regent Park School of Music.

“Karen Ng has rapidly become a significant presence at the creative edges of Toronto jazz” Stuart Broomer - Whole Note Magazine

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