Workshops


Instruments

African drumming, movement and singing can be a wonderful physical metaphor for exploring themes of team building, change and transition, and unity/diversity. It provides a vibrant and relaxing opportunity to develop creativity, enhance health and wellness, develop focus and engage in collective experience. Workshops can be tailored to suit your community, workplace or special event needs.

PULSE!
Also known as the “personal groove” workshop. Knowledge is received and processed in all parts of our body, not only our brain. Like all Kathy’s workshops, this one is active physically, but it focuses on developing and feeling our personal connection to rhythm. Pulse is reinforced through methods involving drumming, clapping, stepping and singing. In a group setting we can work on collective groove as well. Wonderful for musical ensembles, or anyone interested in improving their rhythmic sense.

DRUMMING AND SINGING WITH KPANLOGO
Through singing, drumming, clapping and simple movement, participants will explore a hand drumming piece from Ghana that relaxes and grounds the body. Multiple parts are learned and added one at a time, creating an energetic texture of sound.

CONVERSATIONS IN RHYTHM
Using Gahu, a simple stick drumming piece from Ghana, participants will work on rhythms and movement, using vocal drumming and traditional instruments from Ghana. Emphasis will be on active listening and communication between parts; how they fit together and “talk” to each other, and the amazing resultant rhythms that happen when they combine.

AFRICAN GAME SONGS
Learn some children’s songs, chants and stone passing games from Ghana. Fun and challenging for all ages, these games develop and encourage rhythmic integration in body and voice. They also depend on teamwork, connecting in pairs, groups of four and circles.

RHYTHM & LANGUAGE
Learn how to use language as a base for rhythmic training, and to develop skills in improvisation, call and response, pattern layering. This workshop includes a discussion of links to curriculum topics. Ideal for teacher workshops, as well as their classes.

 

Performance and Teaching Residencies

INTERNATIONAL
Kathy frequently travels for residencies at Universities, conferences, summer intensives and community arts organizations throughout North America and Europe. Projects can be tailored to meet your needs. Contact her at kathy@kathyarmstrong.ca (613)729-0987.

LOCAL
Kathy has been a MASC Artist since 1995, for performances and workshops in Ottawa area schools, libraries and senior centres. She is in a duo with Ghanaian Dominic Donkor, a former Ghana Dance Ensemble performer, and longtime collaborator. Her community group, Baobab Youth Performers is available for performances throughout the school year at community events, and further afield.

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