The Neurosciences and Music VII conference is arranged in cooperation with the host institutions Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) and The Royal Academy of Aarhus/Aalborg (RAMA) and takes place in the Academy’s premises within the Aarhus Music Hall. RAMA offers a large variety of music education programmes, including classical, jazz/pop and electronic music. The vision for The Neurosciences and Music VII is that the diverse musical expertise of the Academy can be represented as part of both the scientific and the social program. Inbetween the symposia, the participants will thus experience brief musical encounters under the overarching title “Connecting with music”, involving both teachers and students from the Academy’s different programs. For the social program RAMA’s musical expertise will be presented in three variations of “jam sessions” (Sunday 8-10.30 p.m.) and at two concerts at The Old City Museum (Monday 7:30-10 p.m.).
In this session Assoc. Professor Lena Gregersen and a group of rhythmic music and movement students will perform a singing, dancing and playing interlude. The students follow an educational programme in which, apart from their main instrument, they study the combined skills of song, dance and play, a discipline that is much inspired from Latin-American and African music traditions and a speciality in Aarhus, not found in other institutions. The interlude will incorporate solo and group vocal performance, drum and percussion ensembles and dancers, all in an intriguing and complex context. During the interlude, the performers will interact with the audience and provide them with a chance to form part of the performance.
An example of Song, Dance and Play:
Professor in choir conducting and head of RAMA Vocal Center Jim Daus Hjernøe has developed a set of hand signs that can be used for interacting with the singers and to create live arrangements and compositions on the fly. The method is called Vocal Painting or VOPA and can be used at all levels of singing competence from school children over amateur choirs to professional singers at the highest level. In this interlude, Professor Hjernøe will demonstrate the concept by leading the conference participants through a unique impromptu shared singing experience.
For an example see this video:
In this interlude, the El Sistema-inspired children’s ensemble MUSIK-SAK from Aarhus Music School will play a short concert. The goal of the Musik-Sak project is to bring together children across cultural, religious and socio-economic differences and to provide the opportunity to be part of a creative community within the framework of the classical orchestral music tradition.
For an example of MUSIK-SAK see this video:
The RAMA Big Band consists of players from both the jazz/pop and the classical departments of RAMA. Professor Jensen is an expert within composition, arranging and conducting of large ensembles and often designs concerts that widely expand the traditional boundaries of Big Band music. Jensen has, among many other things, successfully fused jazz-style arrangements with Middle eastern, Chinese and Electronic music traditions. At this occasion the Jensen will lead the RAMA Big Band through a suite of recently developed compositions and arrangements, featuring some of RAMA’s jazz/pop vocal students.
An example of the RAMA big band can be seen here:
Floris van Vugt invites the audience to join him exploring the roots of the double reed musical family, starting from the modern oboe, baroque oboe, all the way to the haunting sound of the duduk. He will play these instruments and show how builders that made them were actually motor control researchers, improving the instruments to overcome limitations in the human motor system. And yet these very limitations were used by composers to create the characteristic sound and the expressive beauty that can be recovered when we play historic instruments.