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Sound Waves and Brain Waves: Why Does Music Make us Move?

Columbia's Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Event Date + Time:
March 22, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - March 22, 2021 @ 8:30 pm

Event Location:
3227 Broadway, New York, United States

Venue Name:
Columbia's Zuckerman Institute (online) Directions

About This Event

Event Description:

In this series, we explore the intersections between jazz music and science, from how we experience sound and rhythm, to musical memories and the creative process. Join multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón for an intimate online performance combined with a conversation with scientists from Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, where Zenón is currently jazz artist-in-residence.

In this month’s program, we explore themes such as how and why we move to a beat, why moving feels good, and why feeling good makes us want to move.

​Miguel Zenón​ represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.

Professor Mark Churchland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University. He is the co-director of the Grossman Center for the Statistics of Mind. He received his BA in mathematics and psychology from Reed College in Portland Oregon. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from theUniversity of California San Francisco. His postdoctoral work was in the Neural Prosthetic Systems Laboratory of Professor Krishna Shenoy at Stanford University. Professor Churchland’s laboratory focuses on how the brain controls voluntary movement and focuses on questions such as: how does the brain prepare and generate voluntary movement? What is the key event that triggers a movement, and in doing so turns thought into action?

Sound Waves and Brain Waves is a collaboration between Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute.

Type(s) of Event:

Online/Virtual, Other

Other Type(s) of Event

Discussion & performance

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Organizer's Details

Organizing Institution(s):

Columbia's Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Contact Information:

Name: Alissa Mayers

Phone: 3472773136



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