Video 1 | Rhythms of Life

Presenters: Dr. Mitchell Kossak, Chris Brown, and Manny Arciniega

Rhythms of Life explores the power of music, meditation, and rhythm for pain management.


Manny Arciniega

Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Manny Arciniega presents percussion and healing movement workshops and is responsible for audio and visual production of pre-recorded material. He is on faculty at Levine Music in Washington, D.C. and works regularly with the Education Programs at the Kreeger Museum. As a percussionist, Manny has appeared in numerous award-winning musical theatre productions in the Washington, D.C. area, including performances at Roundhouse Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Constellation Theater Company, Arena Stage, and Keegan Theatre.

He brings his expertise to Arts for the Aging from working with world-renowned performers and conductors, in the United States and abroad, in a variety of musical genres. Manny received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Theory Composition from Texas Christian University and Master of Arts degree in Timpani and Percussion Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Chris Brown

Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Christopher Brown is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from the UK, he is established in Washington D.C. as a leading performer, session player, producer and educator, at home and internationally.

His credits include renowned artists like Ron Holloway, John Mayer, Rev. Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Brian Blade. He has worked on over 40 albums as session bassist or producer, including Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, Moonshine Society and many more. He is equally dedicated to long-term projects including Pigeon Kings, Moonshine Society, Bobby Thompson, DC Improviser’s Collective and District Nomad.

Brown is a Musical Director, TV/film/video-game composer, and internationally renowned educator and music technologist, consulting or creating for Levine Music, the Field School, Bach 2 Rock (US) and leading European school the Academy of Contemporary Music (UK).

Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT

Mitchell Kossak Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is a professor and former director in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a licensed clinical counselor and registered expressive arts therapist and has presented his work and research on rhythmic attunement, improvisation, psychospiritual and community-based approaches to working with trauma at conferences nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kossak is the past president for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and recipient of the Shining Star, lifetime achievement award in 2017. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Applied Arts and Health and author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy. In 2019 he helped to create Voces Arts and Healing, to work with asylum seekers in Juarez, Mexico. He is also a professional musician, performing for the past 35 years in the Boston area.

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