Carolyn Koebel holds degrees of distinction in percussion and music therapy from Western Michigan University & Michigan State. She has been creating music for silent film soundtracks and modern dance since 1999, most notably with the regional project Blue Dahlia. Since 2012, She has toured main-land China & Hong Kong in teaching and concert tours with Grammy award-winning flutist Rhonda Larson & Ventus. She is noted for her work with Celtic-world music ensembles Fonn Mor & An Dro, and the Dacia Bridges Project, as well as her spirited accompaniment in improvisational world music styles with guitarist/vocalist Elden Kelly, Tia Imani Hanna, Samuel Nalangira, & a host of other collaborators. For the past 22 years she has been traversing the globe in search of indigenous percussion traditions and synthesizing these learnings into her own teaching and performance.
She has released over 30 recordings of diverse musical styles and continues her work as an adjunct professor of music therapy at Western Michigan University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; She is a contractual music therapist working in both hospice and special needs settings. She is director of international percussion at Kalamazoo College & director of Michigan Hiryu Daiko Japanese taiko ensemble. www.carolynkoebel.com