Loop Pedal Violist | Composer | Teaching Artist
Loop pedal violist, composer, and arranger Kathryn Patricia Cobbler has crafted a singular niche in improvisation and classical performance. She obsesses over creating uniquely arresting soundscapes, whether in solo recitals, composing for theatre, site specific art installations and more. Recognized as an in-demand artist, she has been featured in the Ottawa region’s most notable Concert Series, including Music & Beyond, Shenkman Arts Centre Music At Southminster, and the Ottawa New Music Creators series Analogue Music to name a few.
As a seasoned workshop facilitator and educator, Kathryn is proud to be a Teaching Artist with the social music program OrKidstra. Ms. Cobbler's concert programs are centered around engagement, allowing her audiences to make connections to the music being performed to their life stories in tangible ways. Within Kathryn's solo show for viola and loop pedal entitled Selah, Kathryn holds space for audiences to identify and reflect upon the emotions and characters they encounter during the music-making process. Each musical work unpacks an emotion or feeling akin to life's journey.
Kathryn continually seeks to expand repertoire for solo viola and loop pedal, and has developed the score to the 9th Hour Theatre's production of Halo for their 10th anniversary season. She has also been known to collaborate with other composers, premiering pieces by Canadian composers Mika Posen, and Raphael Weinroth-Browne.
Initially a visual artist, Kathryn sees the world through shape and line—a vision that has laid the groundwork for many of her musical creative projects. Kathryn's current explorations of the loop pedal have led to the development of her workshop, Sound In Living Colour, where she draws connection between the technical use of the paint brush and her viola bow; guiding her listeners through a music inspired painting experience. After switching to music as her artistic path, she would receive degrees in viola performance from Western University (B.M.) and the University of Ottawa (M.M.). Ms. Cobbler has also performed as an orchestral musician, appearing within the Toronto Symphony’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. A native of Windsor, Ontario, she makes her home in Ottawa. She performs on a viola by luthier, Sibylle Ruppert and a Boss RC-30 loop pedal.