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The Art of the Spark: Musical Creativity Explored with Dr. Charles Limb and Special Guests (part of Sound Health: Music and the Mind)

Saturday, September 8, 2018 8:00 PM

Sound Health

Top neuroscientist Dr. Charles Limb, with pianists Jason Moran and Matthew Whitaker, will demonstrate how encouraging and developing musical improvisational skills in children has led to a better understanding for how creativity is implemented in the human brain. 

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Where does imagination come from? Neuroscientists have only recently begun to examine the elusive nature of creativity in connection to music. One key area of study is the notion of improvisation—a foundational element in so many musical art forms such as Jazz and Hip Hop. Applying his popular workshop format from our first Music and the Mind weekend, Dr. Charles Limb returns to show how encouraging and developing musical improvisational skills in children has led to a better understanding for how creativity is implemented in the human brain. This year, he’ll be joined by Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran, Freestyle Love Supreme co-founder Anthony Veneziale, music therapist Ed Roth, and jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker to help demonstrate!