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folkwaysAlive! — Honouring the Sounds of the People through Research, Education, Public Archives and Performance

folkwaysAlive!, the University of Alberta’s partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington DC, provides a home for the over two thousand Folkways Records donated to the University by company founder, Moses Asch. Building on this valuable collection, folkwaysAlive! houses a digital archive, provides research opportunities, and presents public performances that relate to and enhance the Folkways philosophy and traditions. Featured artists include Alberta’s Asani, Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, and eclecTrip, as well as international guests such as New York’s Trio Tarana and Japan’s Pro Musica Nipponia.

Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology – music as connection, expression, creation, community and identity

The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology is an archive and research resource documenting musical and cultural traditions locally and internationally. The collection includes diverse instruments and more than 4000 titles in audio/video recordings. The Centre helps users understand how people use music to connect, express, and create community and identity. The Centre serves a wide range of students, researchers and community groups, collaborating with music communities, and bringing together scholars, students, musicians and others in performances, workshops, and recordings.

Folkways Records and Service Corporation

Folkways Records began recording and selling albums in a small New York City office in 1948. Owned, operated and financed by recording engineer Moses Asch (1905-1986), the label deliberately set out to document and preserve “people’s music” from around the world. Read more …