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Deirdre Morgan
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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Canada
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  • Arjopa
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  • LOOPING jaw harp orchestra
  • Rowan Lee Hartsuiker
  • Dan Moi
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  • Jan Heinke
  • Steve Sklar

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About me:
RESEARCH
I hold a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London (2017), an M.A. in Ethnomusicology (UBC 2008), and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC 2006). My research focusses on the cultural study of musical instruments, multi-sited ethnography, historiography, music revival, and transnational subcultures and scenes.

My primary research project is an ethnographic study of jew’s harp revival communities based on multi-sited fieldwork in Norway, Austria, Sicily, and online. My work uses the jew’s harp to examine how musical instruments reflect changing tastes, technologies, and social identities, and how transnational music communities are changing radically in the digital age. This research was supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and a Research Scholarship from SOAS, University of London.

My work engages with the musical ethnography of Europe, and aligns with the growing area of historical ethnomusicology. While the jew’s harp has been one of the most popular musical instruments in Europe since the Middle Ages, it has long been seen as an object of little value, sitting at the junctions between classical and folk, public art and private enjoyment, and urban and rural. My research demonstrates how the jew’s harp and the study of “unpopular” music can be used to critically engage with the core concepts of value, virtuosity, and productivity at the centre of European musical discourse.


TEACHING
I am currently a sessional lecturer in music at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College. My teaching interests include the music of sub-Saharan Africa and its diaspora; the trans-Atlantic feedback cycle; music transnationalism through a global, post-colonial lens; exoticism, fusion, and appropriation; gender and sexuality; critical approaches to power and underrepresentation in academia and the music industry. Regions of specialization: West Africa, South Africa, the Caribbean, North America, India, and Indonesia.

Simon Fraser University
Afrofuturism in Music (Term 1, 2018); elective for upper-level non-majors
Music of Transatlantic Africa (Term 1, 2016, 2017); elective for upper-level non-majors

Vancouver Community College
Afrofuturism in Music (Term 1, 2018); required course for upper-level Music majors
Women in Music (Term 1, 2018); upper-level seminar
Music in Context (Terms 1 and 2, 2018/19); team-taught first year history course
Music of Transatlantic Africa (Term 1, 2015, 2016, 2017); required course for upper-level Music majors
Music of India and Indonesia (Term 2, 2016, 2017, 2018); required for upper level majors

SOAS, University of London
Introduction to Music Analysis seminar (Term 1, 2014); required course for first year Music majors
Jew’s Harp Ensemble (2012-2013, 2014-15); performance ensemble/student society
As a band we are:
Touchtone Duo:
http://touchtoneduo.bandcamp.com/

SOAS Mouth Harp Society:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/362750343808560/

Collaborations with SOAS Ceilidh Band, Peyman Heydarian (Persian santur), and Amaraterra (pizzica-tarantella) can all be seen here:
http://overtonearts.com/blog/?page_id=168
Instruments:
Voice, jew's harps, piano, Balinese gamelan, miscellaneous percussion
Homepage:
http://www.deirdremorgan.com

Deirdre Morgan's Blog News

Harping in Siberia - The Latest News

7th International Jew’s Harp Congress, Yakutsk 2011

International Jew’s Harp Society Bulletin 2 – Compiled by Michael Wright



First, an apology. In Bulletin 1 we said that the virtuoso competition was for men over 25. We have since had information that indicates that this was a mis-translation. The Virtuoso Competition is, in fact, open to male and female players. The competition for women under 25 has been set up to encourage and support female players and the organizers have… Continue

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:24pm —

International Jew's Harp Festival in Yakutsk 2011

Below is the first information package for the 7th International Jew's Harp Festival in Yakutsk, Siberia.



If you are a resident of the Americas (North, Central, or South) interested in attending the festival as a performer or a special guest, please reply to me no later than Thursday February 3 (see the competition categories and regional contacts below).

Visas are required to enter Russia and all performers must receive official letters of invitation from the festival… Continue

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 8:50pm — — 1 Comment

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At 3:21pm on August 30, 2010, Jan Heinke said…
hi deirdre, thanks for your interest. it would be great to meet you in dresden. this year's festival program includes hosoo, nam (austria), christian zehnder and me. let's keep in touch. best, jan
At 11:05pm on January 9, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hello Deirdre, i send you a message about the dates with Hosoo's summer vacation in Mongolia and David Hykes 11th Annual Harmonic Presence Retreat - sorry that Hosoo's event informations are in German only ... I downloaded your MA about the Gongong and I am happy to read now the 72 pages of your work. Thank you for that ... all the best, Jens
At 6:11pm on January 7, 2010, Arjopa said…
Dear Deirdre!
Thanx for your request!
Your webpages are really interessting!

Hope you like our Khoomei Throatsinging Folk Punk,too!!

Greetings from Berlin!
Arjopa & The Master U-like

At 8:03am on January 7, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hi Deidre,

yes, I know since 2009 that there is the next international jew's harp festival in Hungary. Do you have a website link for that. I will be there if it isn't during my travel with Hosoo through Mongolia (Beginnging of July). And if it is not during David Hykes Denmark Retreat in August ... I will see - this festival has a very high priority.

Best,

Jens
At 10:10pm on January 6, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hey you! I am happy to find your profile via your contributions and your avatar! I like your actually status update! How do you find us?! Maybe you will meet us on a jaw harp featival?! All the best, Jens
At 10:08pm on December 24, 2009, Steve Sklar said…
I don't believe Jerry's on here yet??? I'l hook you up on FB, though.

Cheers,

Steve
 
 
 

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