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A Learning Experience…

Last year I had the opportunity for a multiple-visit arts residency in a school in Toronto’s west end. This school values academics, arts, sports and citizenship EQUALLY and it shows in everything they do. It was a very rewarding experience

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Pulse! Rhythm and Wellness

Very excited to announce Pulse!, my new initiative connecting my drumming and community arts work with the research and MA in Music and Culture I recently completed at Carleton University.  My coursework and thesis, entitled “drumming up Health”examined the links

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Festival of Friends

The inaugural Festival of Friends was held this past July, in the village of Dagbamete, Ghana. Conceived and put together by Kwasi Dunyo and myself, it was an opportunity to celebrate more than 25 years of collaborating together on artistic

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Field Trip! Gong Meditation

I created a new fourth year special topics course that I am teaching this term at Carleton University,  called Sound Body Sound Mind: Music and Wellbeing in a Global Context.  It has been a lot of work to put together, 

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Power Drummers!

This week I had the pleasure of drumming with a group of young women in Toronto whose focus and power were amazing! They look very comfortable and at home with the drums, and definitely enjoyed themselves, but you might be

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Patterns and Repetition

This past week I had a blast working in Toronto with Nexus, Suba Sankaran and Christine Duncan as part of the Jackman Humanities Symposium entitled: Reich, Rhythm and Repetition: Patterns in Music, Speech and Science. The whole program can be

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Korean & Ghanaian Percussion Mash-up

Last night, the ensemble I direct at Carleton University (WARE) performed with the amazing Korean percussionist, vocalist,  and all-round nice & funny guy, Dong-Won Kim. This fall he has been the artist-in-residence in Carleton’s Music Department thanks to the substantial

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Ghana Festival 2017!

REALLY excited to be planning this amazing Festival for July 2017 with my longtime teacher and friend Kwasi Dunyo. Please see the link below for info and contact me if you are interested or want more information! kathy@kathyarmstrong.ca festival-2017-flyer  

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Done :)

Was very happy to defend my thesis Drumming Up Health: A Case Study of Carleton University’s West African Rhythm Ensemble yesterday. My examiners had some great questions that sparked some thoughtful conversations. A special treat was being able to have

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Inspiring week of gigs

Now that I am almost finished my degree, I am able to take on some more freelance work…this week was busy and very special and reminds me why I am so committed to drumming with others. The week started with

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