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 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.
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.
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