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The Science of Music

February 11, 2013

The Philadelphia Science Festival hosted a unique jazz concert held in the Bossone Research Center’s Mitchell Auditorium. This event allowed the audience to experience the science behind the music via an interactive smartphone app, as well as insight into the powerful connection music has in the structure and function of the brain presented by Dr. Aniruddh Patel, Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology from the Neurosciences Institute. Renowned saxophonist and astrophysicist Stephan Alexander lead an ensemble of award-winning musicians, including Grammy award winner Will Calhoun of the band Living Colour, prolific keyboardist Marc Cary, and multi-instrumentalist and producer John Benitez. Dr. Youngmoo Kim, the director of The ExCITe Center and the Music Entertainment Technology lab which developed the visualization app, emceed the concert and surprised the audience singing "The Girl of Ipanema."

Check out some stills and the summary video below. 

"Stephon Alexander, Marc Cary, John Benitez, and Will Calhoun perform at the Sweet Beats: Science of Music concert"

"Youngmoo Kim sings with jazz ensemble as part of the science of music event"