Stacey Bliss holds a Master’s and PhD in Language, Culture, and Teaching from the Faculty of Education at York University (Toronto, ON, Canada) and a B.Ed from University of Alberta (Canada). Stacey is an academic and sound artist, playing gongs and other percussive instruments.
As a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Insight Development Grant (2021-2023) recipient, Stacey is conducting research for her project titledToward a Sound Pedagogy: A Sonic and Performative Ethnography of ‘Sound Healers’ in Canada. She is also an instructor at varying post-secondary institutes. She began her career as an English language educator in Canada, Japan, and Korea. Most recently, her teaching at the undergraduate level includes courses related to literacies, culture, meditation, social justice, and art. Stacey is also a research associate with IICSI (International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation) and and affiliate of RISC (Regina Improvisation Studies Centre).
Stacey began ethnographic studies with meditators, yogis, and gong players from 2016. She continues to explore the intersections of critical studies in improvisation, sound studies in education, curriculum studies, and wellbeing. From December 2017, she also began writing autoethnographically, situating her self within the communities and contexts in which she lives, studies, and writes. She is currently interested in “imaginative ethnography” and possibilities in research of communities as co-created and collaboratively performed. Particularly, she is engaging in ethnographic research which is sonic and performative.
Since 2014, she has also taught meditation and yoga. She is certified to teach kundalini yoga/meditation and restorative yoga and draws on engaged mindfulness practices taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. She also teaches the basic theory and practice in the Art of Gong. She continues her learning about gong as a symphonic percussion instrument and a modern tool for resonant health.
As a gong-sound artist, Stacey regularly engages in improvisational collaborations with local, national, and international musicians, performers, and teachers. From 2020, she has performed at local and international festivals online with the Remotions (a multiplay collective; online improvisation with musicians and artists). Her largest collaboration as a sound artist was in London, UK, where she participated with 194 international gong players for the Guinness World Record of players in a synchronized gong composition.
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