CCE projects and activities
- 1 CCE projects and activities
- 1.1 Online virtual collections produced or co-produced by the CCE
- 1.2 Major outreach and development projects spearheaded by the CCE (completed and in-progress)
- 1.3 Research and archiving projects
- 1.4 Educational projects
- 1.5 CD productions
- 1.6 Virtual reality displays
- 1.7 Recent concerts include
- 1.8 Recent and upcoming workshops include
- 1.9 Conferences (upcoming and recent)
- 1.10 Archive
- 1.11 Media
- 1.12 Reports
CCE projects and activities
Online virtual collections produced or co-produced by the CCE
The following were funded by Heritage Canada, with support from folkwaysAlive:
- Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music (VMCTM) (http://bit.ly/vmctm). PI: Michael Frishkopf
- South Asian Music and Culture in Canada (SAMCC) (http://bit.ly/samcc). PI: Regula Qureshi
Major outreach and development projects spearheaded by the CCE (completed and in-progress)
Two principal initiatives:
- Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra, a university-community live music group
- TranceCultural Orchestra, a global virtual group
- Music for Global Human Development
The new Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra (ETO) seeks musical bridges across the artificial "cultural" divides between people. "Culture" has no plural! The world is not comprised of a discrete set of autonomous "cultures"; rather culture flows among all of us, its only boundaries being humanity itself. "Culture" is is shared but doesn't define hermetic groups; each of us carries a unique cultural mix linking to myriad others.
The ETO demonstrates the linkages among all humanity in two ways: (1) socially, in the group itself, which is diverse: university students, staff, and faculty; community, and (2) musically, by highlighting the flow of music through people.
Check out a recent performance on Instagram (City Hall, Nov 10).
Music for Global Human Development, comprising two main branches:
especially the following:
- Aswan Music Project (AMP), in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Egypt, and Om Habibeh Foundation (Aswan, Egypt). See pilot video, and map of project locations.
- Giving Voice to Hope: Songs of Liberian Refugees.
- Singing and Dancing for Health in Northern Ghana, funded by Killam Foundation, with grants also from Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Health and Culture, Faculty of Arts, folkwaysAlive!, Department of Music, and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA/DFATD, now GAC).
- Kinka: Traditional Songs from Avenorpedo (Songs for Cultural Continuity in Ghana's Volta Region), funded by the Department of Music's President's Fund.
- Giving Voice to Health: Sanitation (Liberia), funded by Calgary Rotary Club
- Music for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, funded by Global Affairs Canada development (ex-CIDA), through a Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry grant in collaboration with St. Paul's hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (see http://bit.ly/m4mnch)
Research and archiving projects
These research projects are geared towards the CCE's mission to archive and disseminate the sounds of the world, making them available for educational, scientific, and aesthetic use.
- Deep Learning for Sound Recognition (DLSR): applying machine learning techniques to recognize features in musical, linguistic, biological, and other recordings. In collaboration with the Department of Computing Science, and faculty participation also from MLCS, Linguistics, Biology.
- Sounds of Islam: a digital repository comprising field recordings from the world of Islam. A partnership involving Music, Arts Resource Centre, and the Library's Digital Initiatives; funded by KIAS.
CCE's educational projects go beyond the regular UofA curriculum to connect with communities, locally and globally...
- Summer program in Ghana (new for 2017 in collaboration with the University for Development Studies; here's a map of projected locations where students will engage development issues through the expressive arts, including participation in Singing and Dancing for Health.
- Community Service Learning course in collaboration with Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
- School and daycare outreach program (occasional, and by request)
Virtual reality displays
- Sounding the Garden, an augmented reality layer for the Aga Khan Garden augmented reality app
- Folkways in Wonderland
- World Music in Wonderland (Cape Breton)
- Virtual Sonic Architecture
Recent concerts include
- Nagham al-Ams (Melodies of Yesterday): Songs from Aleppo (Oct 14, 2016), part of the Music for Global Human Development symposium, featuring music and musicians from Syria.
- Music for a Better World (video) (program notes) (http://bit.ly/m4abw16; Jan 30, 2016), for International Week 2016, "For a better world: the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals", presented with the Medical Students Association and the Students International Health Association (SIHA), and featuring a wide range of artists with simultaneous slide show; the concert served also as a benefit for Syrian refugees in Edmonton, in collaboration with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.
- MENAME Concert featuring distinguished guest George Sawa (March 2015)
- MENAME Concert featuring distinguished guests Hossam Ramzy, Emile el-Bassili, and al-Gamal al-Kurdi (November 2014)
Recent and upcoming workshops include
- Indian music workshop, spring 2018
- Persian music with Mehdi Rezania (Oct 26, 2016)
- Indian music with sarod master Rajeev Taranath (Oct 22, 2016)
- George Sawa, qanun (spring 2015)
- Hossam Ramzy, Egyptian percussion (fall 2014)
Conferences (upcoming and recent)
- Heavenly Acts III: Faith, Performance and the Expressive Arts - An International Symposium, Nov 25-26, 2016, and including two concerts. Funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council.
- Music for Global Human Development, a SSHRC-sponsored seminar and concert, October 14, 2016
- Exhibiting Sound (2015), a three-day international symposium, including keynote speakers, and exhibitions/concerts, sponsored by SSHRC.
- I am a Bird from Heaven's Garden (in collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network and the Office of the Provost, University of Alberta, with conference funding from SSHRC. (2013) video
- Sounds and Spaces of Muslim Piety, in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Ginans, and the Office of the Provost (2011)
- Recordings: Our extensive media holdings include field recordings and commercial recordings representing music of South Asia, Middle East, Africa, and North America, including Sufi music collections, Northern Alberta Fiddle Collection, and a large Jazz collection. Some of these collections are available online via projects listed above, e.g. http://bit.ly/vmctm
- Musical instruments. A portion of our collection is on display in 3-32 and 3-47 Old Arts; a larger collection is stored in our archive.
Browse some of our collections via our two virtual museums (see above); a few images have also been published on the Edmonton Journal website
Recent news stories:
- Song aims to reduce maternal deaths in Ethiopia
- Everything is Sound (by Geoff McMaster, May 2, 2017)
- Aswan Music Project (by Ati Metwally, June 1, 2017)