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Music & Memory: A Conversation with Dan Levitin and Daniel Knox
August 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
Neuroscientist and author Dr. Daniel J. Levitin and composer/songwriter Daniel Knox will discuss the art and science of writing music followed by a short performance.
About Daniel Knox
Daniel Knox is a songwriter and composer living and working in Chicago. He has scored for theater (Annie Baker’s The Aliens at The Pushkin Theater in Moscow, dir. Adrian Giurgea; Mary-Arrchie Theater Co’s The Glass Menagerie) and film (The Pink Hotel, dir. Chris Hefner) and has performed throughout the US, the UK, and Ireland with artists such as Jarvis Cocker, David Lynch, the Handsome Family, Swans, and Rufus Wainwright.
About Daniel J. Levitin
Daniel J. Levitin is James McGill Professor of Psychology, Music, and Computer Science at McGill University and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI. He is the author of the international best-sellers This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, and The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature and is one of the best-selling scientist writers of the last ten years. His newest book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, will be published in August 2014 by Penguin Random House. Levitin has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, Neuron, and Cognition. He is credited with fundamental discoveries about the nature of musical memory and absolute pitch, the neural correlates of musical structure, and the role of the cerebellum in mediating musical emotion. Prior to entering academia, Levitin was a record producer and engineer with artists such as Blue Öyster Cult, Santana, and Stevie Wonder.
The Scaler Summer Lecture Series at The Watermill Center is possible thanks to the generous support of the Scaler Foundation.