Columbia University in the City of New York

Feb 22, 20217:30 pm
Performance and Dialogue

Sound Waves and Brain Waves: Learning to Appreciate (Musical) Diversity

Explore the intersections between jazz music and science.

February 22nd, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Online

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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 music differs across cultures, and what science can tell us about how listening to a wide variety of music can influence how we learn, appreciate cultural differences and reduce bias.


​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.

Adel Ardalan is a postdoctoral research scientist at Qian Lab, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University. He is a computer scientist by training and his current research interests are at the intersection of computational neuroscience, mathematical modeling for movement analysis, and neurodevelopmental disorders. He has studied Tambour with Maestro Ali Akbar Moradi and played Kurdish and Iranian strings and drums for the past two decades. His dream job is to study the neuroscientific underpinnings of music perception for a living!

Watch Live: Link coming soon!

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


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