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Kungfu, Class and Confucianism: Cantonese Opera of the Chinese Freemasons of Canada

Feb 27, 2014, 4:30pm-6pm

Kungfu, Class and Confucianism: Cantonese Opera of the Chinese Freemasons of Canada

Guest Speaker: Kim Chow-Morris

The Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture will feature a presentation from Ethnomusicologist, Kim Chow Morris regarding Chinese Freemasons in Canada and their long standing Chinatown Cantonese opera groups in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Montreal. The talk will dive into the local, nation and international politics played out through these socio-musical organizations from the earliest days of Chinese immigration in Canada until the present.

Free admission.

Dr. Kim Chow-Morris has taught music performance, history and theory for the University of Toronto and York University, and is a tenured Associate Professor of music at Ryerson University. Her research interests include music and spirituality, theories of disjuncture, inter-subjectivity, bird song, social and stylistic hybridity in Chinese instrumental music (Jiangnan sizhu, folk traditions, Chinese guoyue orchestras, Cantonese opera, guqin), and Chinese music in diaspora. Chow-Morris’ peer-reviewed academic publications range from topics such as Taoist influence on Eastern China’s Jiangnan sizhu ensemble music, to contemporary conceptions of socio-musical hybridity in Montreal’s Chinese community, to compositional intersections of music and architecture. Most recently, she is completing a SSHRC-funded monograph on the historiography of Chinese music in Canada from the earliest days of Chinese immigration to the present.

Chow-Morris has performed on western flute and Chinese winds (dizi, xiao, bawu, and hulusi) in China, Hong Kong, India, Canada, and the United States. Chow-Morris played for ten years with the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and led the professional Chinese chamber group the Yellow River Ensemble for over a decade. She enjoys finding creative resonances with musicians across the globe. Her primary instrumental teachers include western flautists Douglas Stewart and Anne Emond, and Chinese Shanghainese bamboo flute masters Lu Chun Ling and the late Master Yu Xun Fa. She has directed York University’s Chinese orchestras since 2000.

Dr. Kim Chow-Morris’ CDs, soundtrack recordings, and live performances have been broadcast internationally on CBC Radio, China’s CCTV, History Television, Omni TV, and Fairchild Radio, among others. She has performed for Canada’s former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, and her dizi (bamboo flute) playing has travelled into space with astronaut Steve MacLean as part of David Mott’s piano concerto Eclipse.

The Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture commemorates musician, ethnomusicologist, author and educator Lise Aerinne Waxer, an alumna of York’s music program who died in 2002. Waxer’s work in ethnomusicology included producing and hosting one of Toronto’s first world music radio programs on CIUT 89.5 FM and conducting fieldwork on salsa music in Colombia.

Lise Waxer studied at York University in the 1980s with Prof. Sankaran, who fondly remembers her passion and interest in Indian music and her brilliance in the field of ethnomusicology.
She was the editor of two books: Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meaning in Latin Popular Music (Routledge 2002) and the authour of The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia (Wesleyan University Press 2002), which received the 2003 Alan P. Merriam Prize and the 2003 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for popular music. At the time of her death, she was a faculty member in the Music Department at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Waxer’s family, friends and colleagues established the Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture in the Department of Music at York University to celebrate her love of the music of all cultures and her joy in sharing that passion with others.


Location:237 Accolade East Building, York University Keele Campus
Sponsor:Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts
Posted by:Judy Karacs
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