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Evening of music & brain science with Prof. Dan Levitin (FREE)

Event's info:

This very special event will be held upstairs from the Book Passage store in the San Francisco Ferry Building's Port Commission Hearing Room.

Map of Ferry Bldg. Market Place:

Dear music aficionadas,

I am excited to share the news about the rare Bay Area appearance of the iconic figure in brain/music research, the neuroscience Prof. Daniel Levitin. His contribution to the subjects of the research on cognitive and perception issues revolving around the effects of music on brain adds the unique perspective to the process of uncovering the mysteries of our human mind, and inspires more of much needed attention to the myriads of yet to be solved puzzles about our brain, transforming every part of our life. Prof. Daniel Levitin is a very engaging and entertaining speaker, and has been interviewed by many media outlets. He is also knownas the Grammy-award Producer. Daniel Levitin takes fun quite seriously (both literally and from the scientific perspective), and is also known for his music performance collaborations with multitude of notable musicians of our times – from such versatile musicians like Bobby McFerrin, Sting, to the conductor Edwin Outwater and Rosanne Cash...

His influence is also to “blame” on my inspiration to write my 1st song with the lyrics – “I Create, When I Resonate”(YouTube link) that has been serving as the Music Manifesto for the Int’l Campaign for Advocacy for Music Education, helping to inspire the support at both local fundraising events and political actions, and to gather the choir of prominent voices at the international forums like Jubilee 30th Word Conference of Int’l Society for Music Education in Greece, NAMM etc.

In this much anticipated San Francisco appearance Prof. Daniel Levitin will be interviewed by New York Times reporter Pam Belluck.

This promises to be intellectually intriguing Renaissance-style evening of science and music, so I look forward to seeing you at this great event. (And apology about some of you getting this a bit late… The reasons for that is shaping into quite a story of its own, so stay tuned.)

More details about event:

Join Pam Belluck (Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor) and Daniel J. Levitin (This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs) for an evening of live jazz and lively discussion ranging from health and science to writing, music and the interconnections of these varied disciplines.

Pam Belluck has been a staff writer for the New York Times for more than fifteen years. She is currently a health and medical writer for the Times. Belluck has won several awards, a Knight Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship, and is also an accomplished jazz flutist.

Daniel J. Levitin runs the Levitin Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, where he holds the Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communications. Before becoming a neuroscientist, he was a record producer with gold records to his credit and professional musician. He has published extensively in scientific journals and music trade magazines such as Grammy and Billboard.

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  • Andrys

    I called, thinking it would be Sunday too! Levitin wrote, in 2007, "In my laboratory we've found that listening to a familiar song that you like activates the same parts of the brain as sex or opiates do.

    March 24, 2013

  • Alina L.

    Sorry, that due to the less structured book signing we could not have coordinated time for the post-meetup (some folks left, some were still in line...) We will meetup next time, when I manage to organize an event - as in the past. Meanwhile, let's share you ideas in a form of a short paragraph, please.

    March 24, 2013

  • Kathleen P.

    Oh, my gosh, I only signed up today, and missed the date. I'm so sorry! and disappointed--it must have been wonderful

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish someone would stream this fascinating event over the Internet...I'm in London, England!

    March 23, 2013

  • Manoj

    Thanks for posting Alina! Is there somewhere folks we could meet for dinner/drink to meet people in this meetup ?

    March 23, 2013

  • Andrys

    Hi, Alina Lynn - wish I'd heard about this before today! Sounds fantastic. May try to get there.

    March 23, 2013

  • Kathleen P.

    Sounds great, I used to go to "philosophy cafes" in France--this sounds like a wonderful idea.

    March 23, 2013

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