Five in 5: Dr. Brian Fauteux on the Legacy of Leonard Cohen

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Upcoming Events

March 29, 2017
  • @Noon Series Event – Double Film Screening: "A Tribute to the Music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains"

    March 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Sound Studies Initiative Office, 3-47 Old Arts/Convocation Hall Building

    Join us 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). We will also be screening a short film by Craig Evans on the celebrated annual Appalachian Stringband Festival, AKA 'Clifftop'. Along the way, The Strawflowers will play a few of their favourite tunes from the southern mountains, both traditional and modern.

    All are welcome! Popcorn will be generously provided by the Faculty of Law.

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April 5, 2017
  • @Noon Series Event – Presenter: Nicolas Arnaez (Sound Artist/Graduate Student)

    April 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Sound Studies Initiative Office, 3-47 Old Arts/Convocation Hall Building

    More event info coming soon...stay tuned for details!

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April 12, 2017
  • @Noon Series Event – Presenters: Students from Music 508 on Canadian Music

    April 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Sound Studies Initiative Office, 3-47 Old Arts Building/Convocation Hall, UAlberta Campus

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Sound Studies Initiative (SSI) is a University of Alberta research initiative supported by the Faculty of Arts. This new initiative will continue a firm commitment to the stewardship of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, adding exciting new research projects and programming based in the study of sound.

Sound Studies at UAlberta is a broad, transdisciplinary and creative pursuit rooted in the exploration of hearing, vocalization, communication, psychoacoustics, sensory studies, acoustics, cognition, media, natural environments, and information and computing sciences. The Sound Studies Initiative offers sound researchers the opportunity to work collaboratively, to discover new areas of convergent enquiry, to benefit from collective administrative support for their research and teaching, and provides a philosophical and physical locus for collaboration and innovation across disciplines.

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