Science Meets Music

Science Meets Music: “Good Vibrations: From Vibrations in the Ear to Abstractions in the Head”

Feb 13,
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  • Location: The Benjamin School

The brain has rhythms – and so do music and speech. Recent research has revealed that the temporal structure of speech and music and the temporal organization of various brain structures align in systematic ways. The role that brain rhythms play in perception and cognition continues to be made clearer through research. David Poeppel will describe some intuitively simple and fun but surprising results that illuminate the temporal structure of perceptual experience. From recognizing speech and melodies to building abstract mental structures, how the brain constructs and represents time reveals unexpected puzzles.

Dr. David Poeppel

David Poeppel joined the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in 2015 and studies the brain basis of auditory perception, speech, music, and language. He also directs the Center for Language, Music, and Emotion (CLaME) at NYU.

Evija Ozolins, violin

Evija Ozolins is concertmaster for Palm Beach Symphony, assistant concertmaster for Florida Grand Opera, and a member of Bergonzi String Quartet. She was educated in Riga at the Emils Darzins Academy of Music and, in 1991, was accepted as a scholarship student at the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned violinists Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. She has recorded as a soloist with Maureen McGovern, Brian Lane Green, and others. She also performs in numerous Broadway shows, most recently Motown, Little Mermaid and Phantom of the Opera in New York City.

Claudio Jaffe, cello

Claudio Jaffé is the cellist for the Delray String Quartet and principal cellist of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 11, performing a concerto written specifically for him. Trained as a solo cellist, Jaffé received four degrees from Yale University including the Doctor of Musical Arts. He is a prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, and has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, from NYC to Brazil to Tokyo.

Sergei Skobin, piano

Sergei Skobin was born in Fargona, Uzbekistan and began piano study at age ten. He attended the Viktor Uspensky Republican Specialized Academic Lyceum of Music and subsequently earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. Upon graduation he was awarded a staff position at the Viktor Uspensky Republican Specialized Academic Lyceum of Music as an accompanist and teacher. In addition to piano performance, Skobin has a keen interest in composition, conducting and pedagogy. He has a special affinity for contemporary music and enjoys presenting works for prepared piano that reveal new timbre expressions. His performance experience includes solo, chamber, and collaborative concerts. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Music program at the Florida Atlantic University in the studio of Irena Kofman.