About The Improvising Brain

The Improvising Brain II: Multiple Perspectives is a symposium and concert event designed to bring together researchers and musicians to explore musical improvisation and its related brain processes. A collaboration between Georgia State University Neuroscience Institute, School of Music, and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the symposium will feature Peter Vuust and Guerino Mazzola. Dr. Vuust is one of the leading neuroscientists in the field of music perception and production as well as a renowned jazz bassist. Dr. Mazzola is a world renowned mathematician and jazz pianist and the founder of Mathematical Music Theory. He will be performing in duet with Swiss percussionist Heinz Geisser. The symposium theme is Multiple Perspectives as exemplified by the keynote speakersí background in both science & performance and tonal & free improvisation.

Following the success of the first Improvising Brain Symposium in 2013 and the related theme issue in Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, this symposium will once again explore questions related to all aspects of improvisation in music including cognitive, neuroscientific, therapeutic, and pedagogical issues. To see video excerpts from the 2013 Improvising Brain concert go to http://www.jazzfiddlewizard.com/ImprovisingBrain.html.

Keynote Speakers

Peter Vuust, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark Associate professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN), Aarhus University Hospital.

Guerino Mazzola, Professor at the School of Music, University of Minnesota and also faculty at the University of Zurich.

Steering Committee

Andrew Goldman (University of Cambridge), Monika Herzig (Indiana University), Kimberly McCord (Illinois State University), Brian Wesolowski (University of Georgia), Iwan Wopereis (Open University of the Netherlands).

Local Program Committee

Martin Norgaard (Symposium Chair, Georgia State University), Katie Carlisle (GSU), Patrick Freer (GSU), Mariana Montiel (GSU), Dr. Daniel Welborn (GSU).

The organizing committees would like to thank the following for their support of this event:
Dr. Steven Harper (Interim Director, School of Music, GSU), Dr. Walter Wilczynski (Director, Neuroscience Institute, GSU), Guantao Chen (Chair, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, GSU), Dr. Pearl McHaney (Associate Dean, Fine Arts; Director, the Center for Collaborative and International Arts, GSU)

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