Michael MacDonald




Michael B. MacDonald is an award-winning cine-ethnomusicologist and associate professor of music at the MacEwan University Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His ongoing cinematic research-creation investigates the interface of music ethnography and cinema production as documented in “CineWorlding: Scenes of Cinematic Research-Creation” (2023). MacDonald’s films have screened at more than 70 film festivals, winning documentary and experimental film awards. Unspittable, his most widely screened cineworlding work, was reviewed in Ethnomusicology Vol. 65, No. 1 (Winter 2021), pp. 192-194. He has published widely on music and youth culture and music ethnography and is the author of “Playing for Change” (2016), “Remix and Lifehack in Hip Hop” (2016), and co-editor for “A History of Progressive Music and Youth Culture” (2020). Michael is a member of the program committee for KISMIF an active member of the International Council of Traditional Music Study Group on Audiovisual Ethnomusicology, co-founder of the Justice4Reel Media Advocacy Free School, and is currently the Film and Video Editor for the Yearbook For Traditional Music.  

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