This website is an archive of research into intercultural musical collaborations between indigenous and non-indigenous artists in Canada. From 2013- 2016, and with the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Alberta, musicologists Dr. Mary Ingraham (University of Alberta), Dr. Robin Elliot (University of Toronto) and Dr. Dylan Robinson (Queen’s University) explored the processes of collaboration, through a series of case studies grouped under the research title “The Social Efficacy of Art Music in Canada”.
While research into contemporary musical collaboration is necessarily open-ended, we have collected some of our observations and experiences here for anyone interested to learn more about:
- Recent music collaborations in Canada
- Individual artists and art ensembles involved in the process
- Collaborative processes as a research object (rather than performance itself)
- The capacity of musical and aesthetic endeavour to create new spaces of community, healing, exploration—the idea of “musical efficacy”