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Laurier guest artist Kathy Armstrong connects local energy with global spirit through West African singing, drumming and dance
Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music is welcoming internationally acclaimed West African drumming specialist Kathy Armstrong as a guest artist to Laurier's Waterloo campus, Oct. 29-31. Laurier staff, faculty and students, as well as community members, are invited to Armstrong's workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. in A431.
Armstrong is a percussionist and educator well known for her work in bringing Ghanaian music and dance to choirs, schools and community groups in North America and Europe. Armstrong will lead undergraduate and graduate Laurier music students in a series of workshops focused on West African singing, drumming and dance.
Armstrong introduces students to the rhythms, songs and movement of Ghana by aurally teaching several traditional pieces. Her teaching style forms a sense of community by developing a studentís sense of large, group ensemble playing, non-verbal communication, aural skills, and a link between body and mind.
"Kathy is a highly respected performer and educator in West African percussion, singing and dance, and we are thrilled that she is able to bring the joy of her work and cultural practices to Laurierís Faculty of Music," said Lee Willingham, associate professor and director of the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community.
Armstrong received her Master of Music from the University of Toronto, and has studied extensively in Ghana since 1990. Based in Ottawa since 1994, she teaches at Carleton University and directs Baobab Community, a non-profit arts education and presentation organization.
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