Welcome to the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) at Memorial University. MMaP associates engage in a wide range of research projects on music and culture, as well as applied ethnomusicology and outreach activities. Located in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, MMaP’s facilities are home to Memorial’s MA and PhD programs in ethnomusicology, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral research fellows.
New Event Announcement
“Good as a Concert”: A Festival of Traditional Story and Song
On Saturday, October 19, 2019, MMaP is partnering with singers Eleanor Dawson and Jim Payne to present a daylong festival celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich folk song and narrative traditions. Morning and afternoon events will take place in the MMaP Gallery (second floor, St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre) and include thematic sessions on “Captains and Ships” and “Ghosts and Gallows,” as well as a traditional song circle. The festival concludes with an evening concert in Suncor Energy Hall (Memorial University School of Music) featuring performances by prominent local folk singers and musicians. You can find out more about the event here.
New CD Announcement
Work Work Work: Work and Labour History in Song
MMaP is delighted to announce the publication of a new audio publication entitled Work Work Work: Work and Labour History in Song. Produced by SingSong Inc., MMaP, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, and the Greening Memorial Fund at St. Francis Xavier University, this two-CD set explores the ways that the diverse peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador have used music to think about the role of work in their lives. From picket-line anthems to songs about mining, fishing, domestic labour, woods work, nursing, traditional subsistence practices, and more, the songs in this collection shed light on the many worlds of work in the province. With both traditional and newly composed songs, the discs present powerful performances by some of the province’s finest singers. You can find out more about the publication here.
MMaP Presents LGBTQ+ Choir Event
LGBTQ+ Community through the Arts and Choral Music
On June 20, 2019, MMaP partnered with the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of PFLAG, the St. John’s Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland to present “LGBTQ+ Community through the Arts and Choral Music.” The event featured performances by the St. John’s Gay Men’s Chorus and the Spectrum Queer Choir, as well as a panel discussion about queer communities and the arts.
New Book Announcement
Theory for Ethnomusicology: Histories, Conversations, Insights
MMaP is delighted to announce the publication of Theory for Ethnomusicology: Histories, Conversations, Insights (Second edition, Routledge, 2019). Edited by MMaP Director Harris M. Berger and Ruth M. Stone, the book examines key intellectual movements and topic areas in social and cultural theory, explores how ideas from these bodies of work have been taken up in ethnomusicology, showcases the unique contributions that ethnomusicologists have made to dialogue across the humanities and social sciences, and points the way toward new horizons of research. Every chapter in the edition is completely new, with richer and more comprehensive discussions. The book’s contributors include Jayson Beaster-Jones, Harris M. Berger, Esther Clinton, J. Martin Daughtry, Maureen Mahon, Peter Manuel, Katherine Meizel, Matthew Rahaim, Ruth M. Stone, Jane C. Sugarman, Jeremy Wallach, and Ellen Waterman. Find out more about the book here.
MMaP Hosts “An Evening of Ottoman and Turkish Musics”
On February 11, 2019, MMaP hosted a concert of Ottoman and Turkish musics by the renowned ethnomusicologist and performer Dr. Denise Gill. Gill sang and played the kanun (trapezoidal zither), inspiring her audience with powerful music from the Ottoman and Turkish repertoires. You can see excerpts from the concert on MMaP’s YouTube channel.
MMaP’s Music and Culture Lecture Series
Since 2002, MMaP has presented cutting-edge research through its Music and Culture Lecture Series. The series features talks by leading scholars from the discipline of ethnomusicology and beyond; all lectures are free and open to the public. Since 2016, the lectures have been livestreamed from MMaP’s YouTube channel. Information about upcoming talks in the series can be found here. Videos of past lectures are available on our YouTube channel, and abstracts of every talk in the series can be found here.
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