Kat Danser

Instructor, Ethnomusicology

Doctoral Candidate (Ethnomusicology); Master of Musicology; Bachelor of Social Work

Kathleen (Kat) Danser is a doctoral student (Music) and is a professional, independent, touring musician. Her doctoral dissertation is titled, “Strings Attached: African American Musicians in String Bands (1927-1938).”She has been recognized for her scholarly and performance excellence receiving the: SSHRC Doctoral Award, William Rae Scholarship, Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize, Flora Shaw Graduate Scholarship in Music, Margaret Brine Scholarship, President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, International Blues Foundation Independent Recording of the Year, Canadian Music Press – New Blues Artist of the Year Award, and Western Canadian Music Awards. Kathleen has been Principal Instructor of Popular Music since 2015 and has been a Teaching Fellow at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. This year, her accomplishments include being the recipient of both the Graduate Student Teaching Award and the GSA Graduate Student Primary Instructor Award. Kathleen is currently completing the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program (Level 3) under direct teaching mentorship from Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist, Dr. Deanna Davis, and will be working with the Centre for Teaching and Learning on a Special Project over the Spring/Summer and as a Graduate Student Associate in the Fall 2017.

Recent Representative Works

Performances:
Danser, Kat (2018). Goin' Gone. Original Work Music CD. Black Hen Records, Nashville, TN, USA.
Danser, Kat (2013). Baptized By The Mud – Original Work Music CD.
SOCAN/ASCAP. Outside Music Distribution.
Danser, Kathleen (2011). Representation of Fife & Drum Music in North Mississippi http://proquest.com
Danser, Kat (2010). Passin’-A-TimeDanser, Kathleen (2015). Representation of African American Fife & Drum Music in North Mississippi. Paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Southeastern Chapter, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Danser, Kat (2015). This Ain’t No Mouse Music: Documentary Filmmaking in Music. Paper presented at the Arts Commons in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Danser, Kathleen (2013). Representation of African American Fife & Drum Music in North Mississippi. Paper presented at the Delta Symposium, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA.
Danser, Kat (2011). Rising Star Fife & Drum: A Musical Community in Transition. Paper presented at the International Council for Traditional Music World Conference,Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.
Danser, Kat (2011). Rising Star Fife & Drum: A Musical Community in Transition.
Paper to be presented at the Delta Symposium, University of Arkansas in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA.

Career Highlights

Top 11 of 2013 (2013)
CBC Radio Canada
Best Self-Produced Blues Album - Semi Finalist (2013)
International Blues Challenge - Memphis, USA
Best Roots/Crossover Blues Album - Winner (2013)
Aujourd’hui le Blues - Radio Quebec, Canada
Best Self-Produced Blues Album - Winner (2013)
IBC Submission - Edmonton Blues Society
New Blues Artist of the Year - Nominee (2012)
Canadian National - Maple Blues Awards
Blues Recording of the Year – Nominee (2011, 2007)
Western Canadian Music Awards
Best Roots & Blues Album of the Year – Winner (2011)
Blues Underground Network
Blues Woman of the Year – Winner (2010)
Black-American Music Association of Canada
Blues Song of the Year – Semi-Finalist (2009)
International Songwriting Contest

SHOWCASES
International Folk Alliance
Sweet Beaver Suite
Toronto Blues Society: Blues Summit V
Contact East – Atlantic Presenters
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
Western Canadian Music Awards

RADIO
#1 CKUA Chart
CKUA Radio – Four Consecutive Weeks
#8 Roots and Blues Chart
!earshot Nationwide
Top 10 Albums of 2010
CKUA Radio
Concerts on Demand
CBC National Radio
Natch’l Blues Co-host with Holger Petersen
CKUA Radio
Various Live Recordings
CBC - Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Whitehorse, Yellowknife