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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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Drumming UP Health!

After an intense two year journey, I put the finishing touches on my thesis, Drumming UP Health: A Case Study of Carleton University’s West African Rhythm Ensemble. It is sitting with the examiners now and I will defend on September

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Graduate Conference & old friends!

In my second year of this MA at Carleton, I am mostly working on my thesis, having finished all my coursework by the end of last summer. However, our music department, along with Ottawa U, hosted a two day graduate

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Nexus

Nexus was in town for ChamberFest this week. They presented two suites of music at the beautiful Dominion Chalmers Church. The arrangements were by Russell Hartenberger, the first a beautiful set of Iranian songs that featured soloist Sepideh Raissadat who

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