Sound Studies Initiative Upcoming Events: March 2017

Here is a message from one of our friends at the University of Alberta, Dr. Mary Ingraham, the Director of the Sound Studies Initiative about upcoming events at the end of this month at their university:


The Sound Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite you to two events next week. Read on for details!

1. Distinguished Visitor: Dr. Svanibor Pettan

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sound Studies Initiative, 3-47 Old Arts Building, UAlberta North Campus
Cost: Free/All Welcome

This Tuesday, we welcome renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. Svanibor Pettan for a lecture on Romani musicians. Dr. Pettan’s visit is part of the Global Musics – Local Connections applied ethnomusicology project. This lecture is co-presented by the Wirth Institute, the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE), and the Sound Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta.

This talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

2. @ Noon Documentary Screening: “A Tribute to the Music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains”

When: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 from 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Sound Studies Initiative, 3-47 Old Arts Building, UAlberta North Campus
Cost: Free/All Welcome

Join us Wednesday @ Noon for a three-part tribute to the rich musical and cultural traditions of rural Appalachia. We will be screening two short films, along with a live cameo performance by Edmonton’s premiere (and possibly only) old-time stringband, The Strawflowers.

The feature presentation is a documentary by John Cohen – “Roscoe Holcomb from Daisy, Kentucky” (2010). During a sojourn to eastern Kentucky in 1959 in search of local musicians, Cohen met Roscoe Holcomb (1911-81). Impressed by his powerful and unique singing and playing style, Cohen was instrumental in introducing Holcomb to a broader audience in North America and beyond. Cohen’s evocative film reveals a man whose music was shaped by the harsh demands of life in a region experiencing difficult times. In an effort to place Holcomb’s playing and singing within that cultural context, Cohen provides us with an unvarnished glimpse of life in coal country during the early 1960s, together with sampling of music and dance forms from the region.

We will also be screening a short film by Craig Evans on the celebrated annual Appalachian Stringband Festival, AKA ‘Clifftop’.

Roscoe Holcomb was a Folkways recording artist, as is John Cohen, who was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers. Craig Evans is an independent filmmaker. His DVD series on banjo builders is now part of the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue.

All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of the Faculty of Law.

Have a wonderful week,

​DIRECTOR, Sound Studies Initiative                           ​

Sound Studies Initiative
3-47 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2E6


They’ve changed their name!  Building on previous endeavours under the banner of folkwaysAlive!, they are blending their firm commitment to the stewardship of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection of Folkways Records with new initiatives based broadly in sound studies.

Effective 1 January 2017, their email address is: and their web address is: which will reflect this expanded scope of activity. Stay tuned for more information and developments throughout 2017.

Global Musics – Local Connections Launch!

Thanks to everyone for their participation in the website launch! A special thanks to the partners and sponsors. To listen to the event at Governor’s Pub and Eatery in downtown Sydney with Wendy Bergfeldt of CBC Radio’s Mainstreet Cape Breton who broadcasted live from 4PM – 6PM, with interviews from various musicians and partners of the project, please click here.