NWEAMO 2013 — Emotional circuits: Electric animal
Newsflash! We are all the same – under the hood. Mammals & birds share the same neurobiology for emotions.
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New inventions such as fMRI and MEG are showing our brain circuits with a degree of resolution previously impossible. Neuroscientists are using these to map our enormously complex brains, and are beginning to understand what circuits light up when we smile, give our baby a hug, feel bullied, see an attractive fellow human walking down the street - and experience music.
Currently, Affective Neuroscientists have identified the circuits for 7 deeply ingrained emotions shared by all mammals & probably birds.
The artistic ramifications of such a groundbreaking, breathtaking assertion are enormous. First off – what are these seven so-called "primary process" emotions? How do these connect to the catalog of subtle emotional states that we experience in constantly shifting hues throughout the day and in our dreams?
Is there music that specifically provokes these? Does this illuminate new possibilities for music?
This is the over-arching theme of NWEAMO 2013 — Emotional circuits: Electric animal
To help us understand these ideas we will be joined by renowned, world-famous neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp, and the NWEAMO featured artists are exploring these ideas in their work at this years festival.
Friday night will feature the IMPetus trio – direct from New York City – who have amazed audiences throughout Europe and eastern United States, making their first West Coast appearance.
Saturday night Dr. Panksepp will open with a pre-concert talk on his groundbreaking research and ideas – which are reshaping how we think of ourselves and our felt fellow creatures.
The concert will then feature premieres by notable San Diego composers Bob Kostlan, and Bill Bradbury, and conclude with a new work by Joseph Martin Waters, in which IMPetus will rejoin the stage with the SWARMIUS-Hausmann Project and friends to create the SWARMIUS-Hausmann Tsunami Orchestra, to finish off the festival with a new six movement work created in consultation with Dr. Panksepp and applying new ideas about emotions.
Featured NWEAMO 2013 Artists:
• IMPetus - world chamber punk cabaret trio — direct from NYC
• SWARMIUS—Hausmann Tsunami Ensemble
• Bob Kostlan
• Bill Bradbury
Featured NWEAMO 2013 Neuroscientist: Dr. Jaak Panksepp
… more info:
If musicians & composers are attempting to stimulate an emotional response, then what actually is an emotion? There is an entire branch of neuroscience dedicated to emotions.
Laughing with Rats, Dogs & Geurillas
Affective Neuroscience is the brainchild of Jaak Panksepp – he coined the term. It is the branch of neuroscience that studies the ancient parts of our brains in which the physiology is nearly identical among all mammals and birds. This is where the roots of our emotional systems are centered. His work is controversial, because the research shows that all mammals & most likely birds share the same basic set of seven, so-called primary process emotions. His groundbreaking concepts have been popularized by Temple Grandin In such works as "Animals In Translation "& "Animals Make Us Human "
There are videos of Panksepp demonstrating his research on play & laughter in other mammals – especially rats. Here is a link to a YouTube video of Panksepp tickling rats.
Panksepp is featured scientist at NWEAMO 2013. He will be giving a pre-concert talk on Saturday, and signing copies of his new book "The Archeology of the Mind: Neurobiological Origins of Human Emotions" (Norton 2012), (which has been chosen by Norte Dame as the universities' reading for this year).
Festival dates: Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2013
Where: 1st Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest neighborhood, San Diego
4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103.
Note: for GPS, use 298 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103.
— opposite the UCSD Medical Center.
Bus Route: San Diego MTS Bus Route 3. Validated parking is also available.
Tickets:$20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students & children
Time: Concert at 8:00 Fri. & Sat. ; Sat. pre-concert talk by renown author & affective neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp
Friday — 8:00 PM: IMPetus trio (from NYC) — world chamber punk cabaret trio
(please see below for bio and program)
Saturday — 7:30 PM: Dr. Jaak Panksepp “The Archeology of Mind”
- pre-concert talk & book signing.
8:00 PM concert:
world premieres by
• Bob Kostlan (flute & live electronics)
• Bill Bradbury (mandolin & electronics)
• SWARMIUS-Hausmann Tsunami Ensemble
Friday - April 26, 8:00 PM
IMPetus Trio - featuring Geoffrey Burleson - piano (Princeton University, Naxos Records); Maria Tegzes - soprano; David Fabris - Electric Guitar
Joseph Martin Waters: Do Something Foolish, for piano and electronics
IMPetus: Das Labeling-Song
Henry Cow/arr. Burleson: War
Maurice Ravel/arr. IMPetus: Aoua!
Max Roach: Driva Man
Franz Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
Trent Reznor: Hurt
Preston Stahly: Burn Rate, for piano and electronics
Charles Ives/arr. IMPetus: “Gyp the Blood” or Hearst!? Which is Worst!?
IMPetus: Night Crawler
Tzvi Gluckin/Punjab Frontier Force/arr. IMPetus: Mind Control
IMPetus: Child of All
Dave Fabris: Keys we Left Behind
Shostakovich/arr. IMPetus: Symphony No. 9 (II. Moderato)
Saturday - April 27
7:30 PM Dr. Jaak Panksepp: "The Archeology of the Mind" pre-concert talk and book signing
8:00 PM Program:
• Bob Kostlan
“A PRIORI” & “A POSTERIORI” (world premier)
- for flute and live electronic processing
• Bill Bradbury (world premier)
- for mandolin and electronics
• SWARMIUS-Hausmann Tsunami Ensemble
featuring SWARMIUS Trio, Hausman String Qt., IMPetus Trio, Kareening Fallingstar, Hermes, Marimbus Fourmalletus, Nathalious Kettlesome, Krishan Oberai and more....
"Electric Animal" (world premier)
1. "Arousal Call" (Joseph Waters & J.S.Bach)
5. "Upon a Kareening Fallingstar"
6. "Pacific 565" (Joseph Waters & J.S.Bach)
Bio for IMPetus:
IMPetus, consisting of Maria Tegzes (vocals), Geoffrey Burleson (piano & keyboards) and Dave "Knife" Fabris (guitar), is a world chamber punk cabaret trio (mixing elements of hardcore, classical, jazz, blues, and world music - at times, with a socio-political thrust), and has performed to enthusiastic audiences in England, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. Recent performances include appearances at John Zorn's club The Stone and the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC, and a highly acclaimed set at the Santander University Fest in Spain. IMPetus adamantly and passionately smashes through barriers between musical styles and categories, viewing all styles as leaping-off points to musical and creative flights of fancy.
Individual Bios for members of IMPetus:
Equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and jazz performer, Geoffrey Burleson, pianist (aka Peripateticus) and has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America. The New York Times has hailed Burleson’s solo performances as “vibrant and compelling,” praising his “rhythmic brio, projection of rhapsodic qualities, appropriate sense of spontaneity, and rich colorings.” Current recording projects include Camille Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, on 5 CDs, for the new Naxos Grand Piano label. Volumes 1 (Complete Piano Études), 2 and 3 have been released to high acclaim from Gramophone, International Record Review, and elsewhere, and have garnered International Piano Choice Awards from International Piano Magazine. Other recent recordings by Burleson include “Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas” (New World Records), which received a BBC Music Choice award from the BBC Music Magazine. Mr. Burleson’s concerto appearances include the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva and the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands, with repertoire ranging from Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saëns to Gershwin, Yehudi Wyner and Klaas de Vries. He has also appeared as featured soloist in many international festivals, including the Bard Music Festival, Santander Festival (Spain) and the Talloires International Festival (France). Burleson is a core member of Boston Musica Viva, The New York Art Ensemble, and The Pittsburgh Collective. He holds degrees from the Peabody and New England Conservatories, and Stony Brook University. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College-City University of New York.
With her performances of exacting virtuosity and sensual earthiness, the voice of Maria Tegzes (aka Cathartika) voice has been described as having a "dark and highly emotional...quality" (The Worcester Telegram & Gazette), while being capable of skipping from "ionospheric high hums to a sultry baritone with verve and nerve." (The Boston Globe). Receiving critical acclaim both in the United States and Europe for her work in opera and chamber music, Tegzes has performed with The Opera Festival of New Jersey, The Opera Company of Boston, Access Chamber Ensemble of New York City, CUBE Ensemble of Chicago, the Princeton Ensemble of Princeton University and Taller Instrumental of Spain. About her interpretation of Berg's Lulu, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote "...you can't take your eyes off her." Her innovative cabaret performances have been enthusiastically received in the U.S. and Europe, particularly in Spain, England, and Switzerland. She has premiered works by Alexander von Zemlinsky, Vivian Fine, Theo Loevendie, Edward Harsh, Martin Brody, and Brian Banks, to name a few. She can be heard on the Neuma and CRI labels presenting the works of many composers including Schoenberg, Eisler, Westergaard, and Risset.
The music of guitarist Dave “Knife” Fabris (aka Knifestofeles) has been steeped deeply in an eclectic pool of influences. These influences are evident in the variety of performances and ensembles to his credit. He has recorded three CDs (Hatology, Soulnote) and toured internationally with his mentor, third stream pianist Ran Blake, to great acclaim. A fourth release, recorded live in Lithuania in December 2010 is scheduled for release this year. Fabris has performed (on banjo) with his traditional jazz band, Mudsole, for both of President Clinton’s inaugurals. He was a reserve guitarist for Bernie Worrell, a founder of the seminal funk band Parliament. He is currently a member of the experimental big band, the Pittsburgh Collective, which garnered wide attention for its debut CD, Live at the Knitting Factory. Mr. Fabris is also the founder of the Fabulous School of Music in Beverly, MA and an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas and Passaic County Community College.