CMC selects Karen Ng as new curator for CMC Presents concert series

Over the coming months, Karen will be working with outgoing curator Nick Storring to ensure a smooth hand off and continuity in the series.

Manus Hopkins
May 15, 2023
Appointment Notices

The CMC is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Ng as the new curator for its CMC Presents concert series. CMC Presents is a 6-8 concert series taking place primarily at the CMC’s performance space in downtown Toronto consisting of all manner of music and sound-based events: chamber concerts, improvisation, interdisciplinary collaborations (theatre/dance), sound art installations, and more. 

Karen brings a wealth of experience from the free improvisation, jazz, and avant-pop realms as well as a curiosity for the deep collection of music contained in the CMC catalogue. The CMC was impressed by Karen’s experience, connections to the community, and enthusiasm for the work. 

Over the coming months, Karen will be working with outgoing curator Nick Storring to ensure a smooth hand off and continuity in the series. Nick’s last curated concert will take place on May 25th at the Chalmers Performance Space (20 St. Joseph St.) at 7:30. This concert features Kayageum player Roa Lee and Tar player Araz Salek. 

Toronto based improviser Karen Ng can be found in many different projects across a wide range of music. She has performed with Andy Shauf, The Weather Station, Lido Pimienta, 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, p2p, Kind Mind, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, See Through 4 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 and Assistant Artistic/General Director of Guelph Jazz Festival from 2019-2022, she is the co-founder of TONE festival, and is Chair for the Music Gallery Board of Directors. 

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Manus Hopkins

Manus Hopkins is the Assistant Editor of Canadian Musician