Sophie Stévance is Professor in Musicology at the Faculty of Music, University Laval. She is Canada Research Chair in research-creation in music. Her field of study is music research-creation in music around different projects with creators, particularly about the modernization of Inuit throat singing (with Tanya Tagaq) and the genetic analysis of crea-tive process in music. She is also head of the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique-Université Laval (OICRM-ULaval),Laboratoire de recherche-création en musique et multimedia (LARCEM) and Groupe de recherche-création en musique. She is the author of several books, including Pour une éthique partagée de la recherche-création (with S. Lacasse & M. Desjardins, 2019), Research-Creation in Music and the Arts: Towards a Collaborative Interdiscipline (with S.Lacasse, 2018), Quand la musique prend corps (with M. Desroches & S. Lacasse, 2014), Les Enjeux de la recherche-création en musique (with S. Lacasse 2013), Musique actuelle (2011), Composer au XXIe siècle (2010), Duchamp, compositeur (2009) and L’Itinéraire du timbre (2006). She received two Awards from The Académie Charles-Cros in 2006 and in 2010, the Prix du Livre de l’année 2018 from IASPM-Canada, as well as research grants (SSHRC and Quebec Research Funds).
Jeff Packman (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in Brazilian music, popular music of the Americas, and cultural theory. He has conducted extensive and ongoing fieldwork in Bahia, Brazil, since 2002, often focusing on questions of race, social class, and cultural politics in relation to professional music making. This research has provided the basis for articles in journals including Latin American Music Review, Black Music Research Journal, and Ethnomusicology as well as a monograph to be published by Wesleyan University Press. Since 2007 Jeff has also been part of a SSHRC supported collaborative project investigating various manifestations of samba de roda, an Afrodiasporic music and dance practice from rural Bahia. His writing on samba de roda has been published in several edited collections as well as journals including Ethnomusicology Forum and Black Music Research Journal. His newest project, again supported by SSHRC, will explore the sounds, movements, and cultural politics of Bahia’s June Festivals. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto, where he is coordinator for the division of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory.