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* '''World music presentations to local Edmonton schools and daycares''' (ongoing series of presentations, at the University of Alberta, or onsite)  
* '''World music presentations to local Edmonton schools and daycares''' (ongoing series of presentations, at the University of Alberta, or onsite)  
* '''Local community outreach through performance''' [http://www.archives.expressnews.ualberta.ca/article/2001/07/180.html U of A Senate to celebrate campus volunteers]
* '''Local community outreach through performance''' [http://www.archives.expressnews.ualberta.ca/article/2001/07/180.html U of A Senate to celebrate campus volunteers]
=== Relevant publications on M4GHD ===
* Frishkopf, Michael. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/26562977 "Forging Transnational Actor Networks through Participatory Action Research: Responsibility to Protect via Musical Rehumanisation in Post-War Liberia".] ''World of Music.'' 7 (1/2): 107-134, 2018.
* Frishkopf, Michael. [https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/yjmr/vol4/iss1/2/ Paralinguistic Ramification of Language Performance in Islamic Ritual], ''Yale Journal of Music and Religion'', Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018.
* Frishkopf, Michael and Federico Spinetti, editors. ''[https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/frishkopf-spinetti-music-sound-and-architecture-in-islam Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam]'', (University of Texas Press, 2018). (http://bit.ly/musari)  Supplemental AV materials are on [https://archnet.org/collections/1465 Archnet].
* M. Frishkopf, D.Zakus, S.Abu, H.Hamze, M.Alhassan, I.A.Zukpeni.  [https://www-sciencedirect-com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/science/article/pii/S2214999617301443 "Traditional Music as a Sustainable Social Technology for Community Health Promotion in Africa: “Singing and Dancing for Health” in Rural Northern Ghana."] ''Annals of Global Health'', Volume 83, Issue 1, January–February 2017, Page 38.
* Frishkopf, Michael. [http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=122829454&site=ehost-live&scope=site Popular Music as Public Health Technology: Music for Global Human Development and “Giving Voice to Health” in Liberia.] Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 54, No. 1-2, Music and Global Health (January/August 2017), pp. 41-86.
* Frishkopf, Michael, Michael Cohen, and Rasika Ranaweera. Curating Ethnomusicology in Cyberworlds for Ethnomusicological Research. "World Music in Wonderland".  [http://www.acef-fsac.ulaval.ca/en/node/879 ''Ethnologies'', special issue: Exhibiting Soundscapes], edited by Marcia Ostashewski and Michael Frishkopf.  37(1), 2017.
*  Frishkopf, Michael, David Zakus, Hasan Hamze, Mubarak Alhassan, Ibrahim Abukari Zukpeni, Sulemana Abu.  2016 [http://coh.ug.edu.gh/sites/coh.ug.edu.gh/files/files/LJH%20vol%2027%282%29.pdf Traditional Music as a Sustainable Social Technology for Community Health Promotion in Africa: “Singing and Dancing for Health” in Rural Northern Ghana]. ''Legon Journal of the Humanities'',  special issue:  Music, Health and Wellbeing: African Perspectives, edited by Florian Carl and Eric Debrah Otchere, 27(2):59-90, 2016.
* Frishkopf, Michael, Hasan Hamze, Mubarak Alhassan, Ibrahim Abukari Zukpeni, Sulemana Abu, and David Zakus. 2016. “[http://dx.doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2016.0105 Performing Arts as a Social Technology for Community Health Promotion in Northern Ghana.]” ''Family Medicine and Community Health'' 4 (1): 22–36, 2016.
* Ranaweera, Rasika, Michael Cohen, and Michael Frishkopf. 2015. “[http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/PRES_a_00232?journalCode=pres#.V0uieZMrJE4 Narrowcasting and Multipresence for Music Auditioning and Conferencing in Social Cyberworlds].” ''Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments'' 24 (3): 220–42, 2015.
* “Muslims, music, and tolerance in Egypt and Ghana: a comparative perspective on difference."  In ''[http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/van-nieuwkerk-levine-stokes-islam-and-popular-culture Islam and Popular Culture]'', ed. by Karin van Nieuwkerk. University of Texas Press, 2016.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Concept_of_LP.pdf Against ethnomusicology: Language performance and the social impact of ritual performance in Islam], ''Performing Islam'', Volume 2, Number 1, December 2013 , pp. 11-43 [http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/pi/2013/00000002/00000001/art00001].
* Майкл Фришкопф. 2013. “Этноджаз". Этноджаз в Центральной Азии: 17-21. [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Ethnojazz.pdf ”Ethnojazz.”] EthnoJazz in Central Asia: 49-52. In: EthnoJazz in Central Asia: Sociocultural design in the sphere of culture. Bishkek: Central Asian Arts Management, 2013
* "Music as debate: Social forces shaping the heterodoxy of Sufi performance in contemporary Egypt." In ''Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety''. Ed. Kamal Salhi. London: Routledge, 2013.
* "Tradition and modernity: the globalization of Sufi Music in Egypt."  In [http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509725/ ''Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook''], edited by Walid El Hamamsy & Mounira Soliman. London: Routledge, 2012.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Prediction.pdf "Prediction of dissimilarity judgments between tonal sequences using information theory"][http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2160749.2160789&coll=DL&dl=ACM&CFID=105074740&CFTOKEN=98309166], in ''Proceeding HCCE '12: Proceedings of the 2012 Joint International Conference on Human-Centered Computer Environments'', Pages 194-199, ACM New York, NY, USA ©2012 
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Ritual_as_Strategic_Action.pdf “Ritual as strategic action: the social logic of musical silence in Canadian Islam”], in ''Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World'', edited by Karin van Nieuwkerk. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/RoughGuideSufi.pdf Review of ''The Rough Guide to Sufi Music''], ''Asian Music'',  Volume 43, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2012, pp. 148-155
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/FiW_Cyberworlds.pdf "Folkways in Wonderland: A Cyberworld Laboratory for Ethnomusicology"][http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2082759.2083472&coll=DL&dl=GUIDE&CFID=83299025&CFTOKEN=71346931], (Rasika Ranaweera, Michael Frishkopf, and Michael Cohen), in ''Proceeding CW '11: Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Cyberworlds'', Pages 106-112, IEEE Computer Society Washington, DC, USA ©2011 
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/MusicaHumana.pdf “Technology, Change and the Music of Sufi Chanting in Egypt.”][http://www.musicologykorea.org/musicahumana/3-1.html] Earle Waugh & Michael Frishkopf.  ''Musica Humana'' 3(1), 2011
* [http://bit.ly/mumeaw ''Music and Media in the Arab World''][http://books.google.ca/books?id=KANOAYzkhA8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=music+and+media&hl=en&sa=X&ei=T52_T7ejCeGIiAKVr7HeBw&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=music%20and%20media&f=false], edited  & with an [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/MusicAndMediaIntro(Frishkopf).pdf Introduction] by Michael Frishkopf. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, distributed by Oxford University Press (2010).
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/IWPASH.pdf <nowiki>"(virtual [world) music]</nowiki>: Virtual world, world music: Folkways in Wonderland"] in ''Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Principles and Applications of Spatial Hearing'', Zao, Miyagi, Japan, November 2009. (co-authored:  Rasika Ranaweera, Michael Cohen, Nick Nagel, and Michael Frishkopf).
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Mediated_Quranic_recitation_offprint.pdf "Mediated Qur’anic recitation and the contestation of Islam in contemporary Egypt"], in [http://books.google.ca/books?id=gAR15vJcC6wC&printsec=frontcover&dq=music+and+the+play+of+power&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zp2_T5HmCcmgiQLO7_SBCA&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=music%20and%20the%20play%20of%20power&f=false ''Music and the Play of  Power in the Middle East'']. Ashgate, 2009.  Audio examples:  [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Qur'an/Isma%60il-Yusuf-4-mujawwad.mp3 ex 3.1], [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Qur'an/Isma%60il-Yusuf-4-murattal.mp3 ex 3.2], [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Qur'an/%60Ajmi-Yusuf-4.mp3 ex. 3.3],
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Globalizing_soundworld.pdf "Globalizing the soundworld - Islam and Sufi Music in the West"], in ''Sufis in the West'' (Routledge, 2008)
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Music_in_The_Islamic_World.pdf “Music”], in ''The Islamic World'', edited by Andrew Rippin (Routledge "Worlds" series). New York:  Routledge, 2008, pp. 510-526.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/SonoCairo.pdf "Music, Nationalism, and the development of Egypt's phonogram industry:  Muhammad Fawzy, Misrphon, and Sawt al-Qahira" (SonoCairo)] ''Asian Music'', 2008.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/CJAS.pdf “‘Islamic Music in Africa’ as a tool for African Studies”], in ''Canadian Journal of African Studies'', Vol. 42, #2/3, 2008, pp. 478-507. 
* [http://ismir2007.ismir.net/proceedings/ismir2007_p157_lai.pdf “Metadata Infrastructure for Sound Recordings"], ''Proceedings of ISMIR 2007'' (International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, September 23rd-27th 2007, Vienna, Austria).  Co-author.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Islamic_Music_Africa.pdf Islamic Music], in ''New Encyclopedia of Africa'', Charles Scribner's Sons, 2007, pp. 643-648.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Makran.pdf Music of Makran:  traditional fusion from coastal Balochistan], in Asian Music, Summer/Fall 2006
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Review%20-%20Soufis%20d'algerie Sufi music review]: (1) Soufis d'algerie: Mostaganem/Algeria: The Sufis of Mostaganem.  2003. Prophet Collection 31. Philips 472 503-2; (2) Chant soufi de Syrie: Dhikr Qadiri Khalwati de la Zawiya Hilaliya, Alep /Sufi chanting from Syria : Dhikr Qadiri Khalwati of the Zawiya Hilaliya, Aleppo .  2002.  Maison des Cultures du Monde, Inedit W 260109. (3)  Maroc: L'art du sama' a Fes/Morocco: The Art of Sama' in Fez . 2002. Disques VDE-GALLO, VDE CD-1104.  (CD reviews).  In ''Yearbook of the International Council for Traditional Music'', 2003.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Yemen_Tihama Review of “The Yemen Tihama: trance & dance music from the Red Sea coast of Arabia”] International Music Collection of the British Library National Sound Archive.  Topic World Series, Topic Records Ltd. TSCD920. (CD review). ''Asian Music'', Fall/Winter 2003/2004, XXXV:1. 
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Authorship_Sufi_poetry.pdf "Authorship in Sufi Poetry"], in ''Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics'', #23: Intersections: Literature and the Sacred (2003)
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Spiritual_kinship_globalization.pdf “Spiritual Kinship and Globalization”], in ''Religious Studies and Theology'' v. 22 #1, 2003
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Some_meanings_Spanish_tInge.pdf "Some Meanings of the Spanish Tinge in Contemporary Egyptian music"], in ''Mediterranean Mosaic'', edited by Goffredo Plastino (in the series entitled Perspectives on Global Pop, edited by Gage Averill; Routledge Publishing) (2002).
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Garland%20Encyclopedia%20of%20World%20Music_%20Full%20Text_%20Snapshot_%20Shaykh%20Y_s_n%20al-Tuh_m_%20in%20the%20Public%20_a_ra_%20A%20Typical%20Layla%20Performance.pdf "Shaykh Yasin al-Tuhami:  A typical layla performance"], ''Garland Encyclopedia of World Music'', vol. 6 (2002).
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Garland%20Encyclopedia%20of%20World%20Music_%20Full%20Text_%20Islamic%20Hymnody%20in%20Egypt_%20Al-lnsh_d%20al-D_n_.pdf "al-Inshad al-Dini (Islamic religious singing) in Egypt"], ''Garland Encyclopedia of World Music'', vol. 6 (2002).
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Review%20-%20Asmahan's%20secrets.pdf Review of Asmahan’s Secrets: Woman, War, and Song] (No. 13 in the Middle East Monograph Series ( Austin:  UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2000), by Sherifa Zuhur), International Journal of Middle East Studies (fall 2002). [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Weghat_Nazar_Asmahan.pdf Arabic version] in ''Weghat Nazar''.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Musical_transformations_of_time.pdf Musical transformations of time], in "Eighth International Conference on Human Interface Technology", March 14-20, 2002, Aizu University, Japan.
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/MESA_Bulletin_34-2.pdf "Inshad Dini and Aghani Diniyya in 20th c Egypt :  a review of styles, genres, and available recordings"],  Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association, Winter 2001.  (Arabic translation:  Wijhat Nazar (Viewpoints), #35, vol. #3, December 2001, under the title:  “al-inshad al-dini wa al-aghani al-diniyya fi masr al-qarn al-‘ishrin”, pp. 68-72.  Cairo : Egyptian Company for Arab and International Publication.)[http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2002/605/cu3.htm]
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Changing%20modalities.pdf "Changing modalities in the globalization of Islamic saint veneration and mysticism:  Sidi Ibrahim al-Dasuqi, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Uthman al-Burhani, and their Sufi Orders"].  ''Religious Studies and Theology'', v. 20 nos. 1 & 2(2001).
* [http://www.fwalive.ualberta.ca/~michaelf/Tarab%20in%20the%20Mystic%20Sufi%20Chant%20of%20Egypt.pdf "Tarab in the Mystic Sufi Chant of Egypt"], in:  ''Colors of Enchantment:  Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East'', edited by Sherifa Zuhur.  American University in Cairo Press, 2001, pp. 233-269
* [http://www.amazon.ca/Magic-Inshad-Sheikh-Yasin-Al-Tuhami/dp/B000009DHJ The Magic of the Sufi Inshad:  Sheikh Yasin al-Tuhami] (compact disc liner notes).  Paris:  Long Distance, Real World Works, 1998
* [https://ema.revues.org/841 La voix du poète : tarab et poésie dans le chant mystique soufi]
* with M. Garner, V. Haimo, I. Loobeek, D.Davis, Type-of-service routing: Modeling and simulation. Technical Report 6364, BBN Communications Corporation, January 1987.
* with S. Cohn, S. Eiser, J. Robinson, and J. Wiggins,  [http://xn--brwolff-5wa.de/bbn-arpanet-reports-collection/BBN%20(1985)%20Congestion%20Control%20Study%20Final%20Report%20(Report%205943)%20(excerpt).pdf Congestion Control Study Final Report], July 1985.
== Multimedia projects ==  
== Multimedia projects ==  

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Dr. Michael Frishkopf
Professor, Department of Music

Director, Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE) (cce.ualberta.ca)
Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor, Division of Community Engagement, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Lead, International Traditional Medicine, Integrative Health Institute
Board Member, Canadian Society for Traditional Music

Mail: Michael Frishkopf, Department of Music, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, 3-82 Fine Arts Building, Edmonton, AB CANADA T6G 2C9
Office: 334D Old Arts Building
Tel: Skype: (617) 275-2589; office: (780) 492-0225. Music Dept: (780) 492-3263
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Web: http://frishkopf.org
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8630-0623
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Michael Frishkopf, Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, is an ethnomusicologist, performer, and composer. A graduate of Yale College (BS Mathematics, 1984), Tufts University (MA Ethnomusicology, 1989), and the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. Music, 1999), Dr. Frishkopf’s ethnomusicological research interests include music of the Arab world; Sufi music; sound in Islamic ritual performance; music and religion; comparative music theory; the sociology of musical taste; social network analysis; (virtual [world) music]; digital music repositories; deep learning for sound recognition and music information retrieval; music in West Africa; participatory action research; psychoacoustics and music cognition; music and global health; indigenous medicine and music as medicine for integrative health; and music for global human development and social change.

His research and teaching combine a number of different fields, including ethnomusicology, anthropology, Middle East studies, religious/Islamic studies, psychoacoustics, computer science, media studies, literary studies, music theory. He is a lifetime member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

He has received numerous fellowships supporting his research, including grants from Fulbright, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Killam Foundation (Canada), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, supporting his extensive fieldwork in Egypt.

In performance, Michael specializes in the nay (Middle Eastern reed flute), and also performs the song-drum-dance traditions of Ghana. He is the founder (in 2004) of the University of Alberta Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble, as well as the University of Alberta West African Music Ensemble (in 1999). Both ensembles perform frequently in public in the Edmonton area, especially to support progressive causes. He also performs “Third Stream” and world music inflected jazz on the piano, following studies with Ran Blake and others in the Third Stream program at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Some current projects include:



Curriculum Vitae

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Some recent invited talks and lectures

Applied Ethnomusicology

Music for Global Human Development


In recent years, I’ve moved sharply towards an engaged ethnomusicology, centered on what I call music and global human development, collaborating on production of “traditional” and “popular” musics (including media and music education) as tools for global development of communities marginalized and disempowered by colonialism and its aftermath, on either side of the North-South divide between “developed” and “developing” nations. Such work follows a participatory action research paradigm, ideally engaging local communities as equals, and subjecting all work to critical reflective scrutiny.

There are two main directions to this work:

For a recent writeup, see this story.

Songs for sustainable peace and development

A set of participatory action research projects centered on the use of popular music to disseminate development messages, especially for key development issues in public health, education, religious/ethnic tolerance, and peace. I have been working primarily in collaboration with Liberian refugee musicians in Ghana, and recent returnees to Liberia, helping them articulate and disseminate musical messages of peace and development, producing media with a triple purpose: catalyzing positive social change locally, raising awareness globally, and generating a revenue stream to support their musical communities.

Several songs and a music video have been completed or are in progress; see http://bit.ly/songsspd.

Also see:

Music for cultural continuity and civil society

Projects for cultural continuity, supporting Ewe music of Ghana, El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music, the Egyptian Centre for Culture and Art, and AMAR (Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research), Beirut, including consulting as a member of the Board. Media products are designed to catalyze local social progress, raise global awareness, and generate a revenue stream for local musicians.

  • Traditional Ghanaian music culture
    • Collaboration with traditional Ghanaian musicians on Kinka: Traditional songs of Avenorpedo, to sustain and develop traditional music
    • Mobilizing scholarship for talented but underprivileged Ghanaian musicians, such as Kofi Avi, so they can complete a well-rounded education.
  • Traditional Egyptian music culture
    • Collaboration with El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music, Cairo, to preserve, archive, document and develop Egyptian music. We are developing an applied research project to support digitization and metadata tagging for El Mastaba's extensive collections, while simultaneously providing training in these procedures to enable sustainability, with in-kind support through secure offsite storage at the University of Alberta.
    • Collaboration with Egyptian Center for Culture and Art, Cairo: To encourage the diversity, specificity and vibrancy of Egypt's cultural scene. Have provided advisory support.
    • Collaboration with AMAR (Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research), Beirut: to preserve and disseminate archival recordings of traditional Arab music from the early 20th century. Member of the Board of Directors.
  • World music presentations to local Edmonton schools and daycares (ongoing series of presentations, at the University of Alberta, or onsite)
  • Local community outreach through performance U of A Senate to celebrate campus volunteers

Relevant publications on M4GHD

Multimedia projects

Documentary video

Documentary audio

Digital repositories

  • Principal Investigator and project director, VMCTM: Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music. Sponsored by Virtual Museum Canada and the Canadian Heritage Information Network. (funded by Canadian Heritage Information Network). Managed complex three year development, including over a dozen participants, a partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, and a $175,000 budget. In French and English.
  • Musical change in a West African Village. Ongoing (2007-2010) collaborative research project carried out together with students participating in the UofA Ghana summer program, led by Michael Frishkopf.
  • SonoCairo searchable web 2.0 catalog. Relational database containing metadata for several thousand cassette recordings produced by the Egyptian state recording company (SonoCairo) from 1962 to present, based on Egypt research 2003-04 (in development)


  • [virtual(worldmusic)
    • Folkways in Wonderland: An immersive collaborative virtual environment for browsing world music and doing ethnomusicology. Constructed in collaboration with colleagues in computer science at the University of Aizu, Japan, and in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, with support from folkwaysAlive! and SSHRC (approx. $20,000 to date)
    • World Music in Wonderland (WMiW).
  • MuDoc (Music/Multimedia Documentation) peer-reviewed federated world music web digital repository. Designed digitial repository for music multimedia (text, score, audio, video), supported by funding from Sun Microsystems, Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Science, and the University of Alberta (over $300,000 total).
  • biofeedback microtonal ear training... (in progress)

Collaborative projects

Educational programs

Musical composition, improvisation, performance


Some recent work:

Third Stream version of Blowin in the Wind, by Bob Dylan (1963) - featuring Jenny Boutros with traditional mawwal introduction (melody by Jenny Boutros). Performed March 14, 2017, Convocation Hall, University of Alberta. (Full event here.)

(Click for notes on several of the following compositions) ...

  • Nyewe Blues (performed at the 2014 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology) Click here for scores and instructions
  • Helen's Necklace (several versions, and score), composed and performed for Carole Frechette's acclaimed play, and performed in 2005, at the Shadow Theatre
  • Spacings, for two pianos and two flutes, inspired by forms of traditional Zimbabwean mbira music (2007)
  • BaAka Soundings, a stochastic piece for variable-sized ensemble including mixed chorus, bell, and percussion sticks. Programmed in R, drawing on melodic cells and polyphonic style of the BaAka people, Central African Republic. Composed for a production of The Ik, by Colin Turnbull; directed by Heather Fitzsimmons, and performed at Edmonton’s Walterdale Playhouse, 2000.
  • e-Dhikr, inspired by Sufi sounds of Cairo. Composed and performed (entirely) by M. Frishkopf, with nay, percussion, voice, and looper. (2008)
  • Kurd, neo-takht composition/improvisational frame, premiered at the Dignity of Difference conference, 2009.
  • For Marcel Khalife (rough sketch version). (2010)
  • 40,000[17], Third Stream composition/improvisation (performed at Amnesty International's Small Places concert, University of Alberta, October 2008, towards awareness of political prisoners of the Arab world,). Inspired by Ran Blake, 3rd Stream, Arabic maqam, the Muslim adhan (call to prayer), and Olivier Messiaen's birdsongs and modes of limited transposition. (Michael Frishkopf, piano)

Nay improvisations...

  • Nay 1 (Edmonton Sound Sessions) (2010)
  • Nay 2 (Edmonton Sound Sessions) (2010)

Nay for The Color of Your Voice

Concerts, workshops, and conferences

(a sample)



"Listen to everything all the time and remind yourself when you are not listening." -- Pauline Oliveros

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music" -- Aldous Huxley

Ethnomusicology provides the broadest possible frame for studying music; as "the meaningful social-linguistic-sonic practice of studying music as a meaningful social-linguistic-sonic practice" ethnomusicology achieves recursive breadth: it becomes a legitimate object of its own study (Frishkopf 2016).

“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.” -- Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

"Music is living sound" -- Willard Rhodes

Music is more than sound, for silence is also music -- Michael Frishkopf

"I have nothing to say and I'm saying it" -- John Cage

"Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.” -- Frank Zappa

"Music is among the most powerful of all social technologies" -- M. Frishkopf

"The craft of singing...is the first to disappear from a given civilization when it disintegrates and retrogresses." - Ibn Khaldun, 14th century