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AR: Playing with emotions - music and the brain

We are excited to welcome early music group Ensemble Bonne Corde, musician Stephen Bull and neuroscientist Marta Moita, to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown for a special Ar event combining science with musical performance – “Playing with Emotions: Music and the Brain”. Saturday, 30th of November at 18:30.

  1. 25.11.2013

    You’ll need no convincing that Music has an almost uniquely powerful capacity to provoke emotions. We’ve all been moved to joy or sadness by an orchestral piece, a film score, our favourite band or a children’s lullaby. Despite a striking diversity across time, culture and geography, its appeal is ubiquitous among human societies.

    Throughout time, the complex, and complementary relationship between music and emotions has been probed in different ways. An interesting example is the Baroque period in western music, during which time composers sought to find objective descriptions of emotional states, which could be expressed through music. Performers were not concerned with experiencing and strongly expressing emotions themselves, rather they remained detached to allow the music to be the vehicle of the emotion. This is in contrast to most of the music we are familiar with today, be it opera or rock, where the physical performance can be as expressive as the sound. 

    In this Ar event we want to examine some of the questions evoked by this:

    How can music produce such intense feelings?

    Is there (as the Baroque composers believed) such a thing as an “objective” emotional state?

    What are the differences in emotional state and control between those performing the music, and those listening to it – and what is the best way of conveying it?

    And what mechanisms in the brain could underlie this emotional effect?

    Join us on November 30th at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown as we intertwine Baroque performance by the Ensemble Bonne Corde with an exploration of the effects of music upon our feelings and biology led by classical musician Stephen Bull and neuroscientist Marta Moita.

    Entrance is free and subject to availability. Seat reservations can be done through the Eventbrite website starting next Monday, November 25th, in two time slots (1pm and 9pm). Limited seats will be available to people without reservations on the event evening on a first come, first served basis. People with reservations MUST arrive between 18:00 and 18:25 on the evening of the event. After that, tickets will be given for people without reservations.

    Live streaming will be available online at http://wms.fccn.pt/ar_champalimaud

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