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.
MMaP Launches New Journal
MMaP is delighted to announce the launch of its new journal, Music Research Annual. Edited by Harris M. Berger and Jocelyne Guilbault, MRA is the first peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing review essays from the full range of academic disciplines that study music. Each article explores the current state of scholarship on a key topic within a discipline or interdisciplinary juncture and charts ways forward to new research. Led by a group of renowned scholars, the journal seeks to forward academic inquiry into music and foster interdisciplinary dialog. Volume one includes articles by noted scholars Martin Stokes, Robin James, Stephen Davies, Blake Howe, and Hollis Taylor. New articles are published on the journal’s website throughout the year. To keep up with the journal, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or sign up for email notifications on the journal’s landing page.
MMaP Hosts Virtual Album Launch: Doughboys and Molasses, Oh!
On November 26, 2020, MMaP hosted the virtual launch of our latest Back on Track series album: Doughboys and Molasses, Oh! Traditional Songs from the Gros Morne Region. The launch was screened on MMaP’s YouTube channel and featured performances of songs from the album by special guest musicians, as well as greetings from project partners. Watch the video to learn more about the musical heritage of this distinctive region of Newfoundland’s west coast.
MMaP Receives Award from the Society for Ethnomusicology
At the 2020 Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place at Memorial University of Newfoundland was given the Judith McCulloh Public Sector Award. As the SEM website states, the award is given in alternating years to an individual or organization whose “work contributes significantly to public understandings of ethnomusicology.” With this award, the Society has acknowledged the efforts of all of those scholars who have contributed to the Centre’s success since its inception, including Dr. Beverley Diamond, who founded the Centre in 2003 and directed it for many years, current director Dr. Harris M. Berger, acting directors Dr. Kati Szego and Dr. Meghan Forsyth, project coordinator Dr. Joy Fraser, and digital studio coordinator Spencer Crewe, as well as numerous guest producers and student researchers. The award was presented by Dr. Nancy Groce, Senior Folklife Specialist from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In her remarks, Groce observed that McCulloh Award was particularly competitive in 2020, with the committee considering twenty-three nominations from seven countries.
MMaP and Its Partners Present “Good as a (Covid) Concert”: Livestreamed Performances for a Time of Crisis
On July 20, 2020, MMaP partnered with SingSong Inc. (a leading independent record label of traditional music) and the St. John’s Song Circle’s Eleanor Dawson to present another event in our “Good as a Concert” series. The event featured music by three leading performers in the province—multi-instrumentalist Natasha Blackwood, vocalist and accordionist Aaron Collis, and singer and guitarist Sherry Ryan. While there was no in-person audience for this performance, the event was livestreamed for free on MMaP’s YouTube channel. It was a night of inspiring music that continued the themes of our “Good as a Concert” series during this time of global health crisis. A recording of the event will be posted on our YouTube channel later in the year.
MMaP and Its Partners Produce the Second “Good as a Concert” Event
On February 29, 2020, MMaP partnered with The Rooms (the provincial museum and archives of Newfoundland and Labrador), SingSong Inc. (a leading independent record label of traditional music), and the St. John’s Song Circle’s Eleanor Dawson to present an evening of traditional music and narrative from Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering listeners a chance to hear some lesser-known songs and stories from the province’s vast cultural heritage, the event featured Hubert Furey, Rosemary Lawton, Denis Nash, Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne, and Monica Walsh, and was hosted by Eleanor Dawson. Video of this event will be available on MMaP’s YouTube channel in the coming weeks.
MMaP Releases Videos from the Global Spirit Concert of Indigenous Music
In 2008, MMaP and the International Council for Traditional Music organized a four-day colloquium on Indigenous song and dance as cultural property. Indigenous and other scholarly participants came from Canada and the US, as well as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Finland. The culminating event in the colloquium was a concert featuring Indigenous artists. Videos of these extraordinary performances are now available on MMaP’s YouTube channel.
MMaP Presents “Good as a Concert”: A Festival of Traditional Story and Song
On October 19, 2019, MMaP partnered 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 took place in the MMaP Gallery (second floor, St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre) and included thematic sessions on “Captains and Ships” and “Ghosts and Gallows,” as well as a traditional song circle. The festival concluded 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.
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