About The Improvising Brain

The Improvising Brain is a symposium and concert event that will bring together faculty researchers, graduate students, and musicians to explore music, improvisation, and related brain processes. A collaboration between Georgia State University Neuroscience Institute and School of Music, the symposium will feature Robert Zatorre, one of the leading neuroscientists in the field of music perception and production, and Christian Howes, an up-and-coming jazz violinist representing the improvising performer.

The Improvising Brain Concert

Sunday, April 7, 2013, 8:00 PM Florence Kopleff Recital Hall
Free and open to the public. Reserve seats for the concert by clicking here: http://improvisingbrainatgsu.eventbrite.com/#

The concert event, featuring jazz violinist Christian Howes accompanied by GSU jazz faculty members, will explore cognitive and interactive processes in improvisation. During the second half of the concert, a panel will be asking performers to comment on musical choices while listening to and looking at notation from a just completed performance. This interview section, conducted by Robert Zatorre, Martin Norgaard, and others, will follow a regular performance set and intermission.

Improvising Brain Keynote

Monday, April 8, 2013, 11:00AM Florence Kopleff Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

When the brain plays music: Perception, Production, and Emotion.
Robert Zatorre, Montreal Neurological Institute

Improvising Brain Symposium

Monday, April 8, 2013, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM, Loudermilk Conference Center

Requires registration (free for GSU students and faculty). To register, click here: http://www.cas.gsu.edu/theimprovisingbrain/accommodations.html

The symposium will explore questions related to music perception, production, and their underlying cognitive processes. Of specific interest is research concerning any aspect of improvisation. Examples include: Are note choices during improvisation and word choices during speech controlled by similar cognitive mechanisms? What is the role of subconscious procedural processes during note selection? How do the environment and the underlying musical structure affect these processes?

The symposium will feature a research mentor session in which Dr. Zatorre and others will review ideas for research related to music cognition and improvisation. Junior researchers may submit proposed research for this panel to discuss by March 1, 2013.

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