The Conjunction of Art and Science

Unpacking the study of music and the collaboration between musicians and scientists.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 16, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

A 3D, ambisonic sound studio helps make decisions in architecture, urban planning, and multimedia art, while new devices like the MobileMuse estimate the emotional impact of a live performance. Learn about these and other new technologies in music research in Session 3 of “Feel the Music,” a forum on music and emotions.

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2:00 pm

 The Waves of Emotion

Didier Grandjean, professor of psychology, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva

2:30 pm

 Musical Invasion of the Neural Circuits for Vocal Emotions

Isabelle Peretz, cognitive neuropsychologist and professor of psychology, University of Montreal

3:00 pm

 Coffee break

3:30 pm

 Metaphors, Gestures, and Emotions in Music

Marc-André Rappaz, professor, Geneva University of Music, and Didier Grandjean, professor of psychology, Swiss Center for Affective Science, University of Geneva

4:00 pm

 Artistic Versus Scientific Research: The Challenge of the Swiss Art Universities

Philippe Dinkel, Director, Geneva University of Music

4:30 pm

 Panel discussion and audience Q&A with moderator Indre Viskontas


Didier Grandjean

Didier Grandjean is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and educational sciences and at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva. He completed his thesis in 2005 under the direction of Klaus Scherer on the dynamic of appraisal processes using electroencephalographic methods. His research focuses on psychology and neuroscience, specifically the emotional processes related to emotional prosody perception and production, appraisal processes, the emergence of feelings, music and emotion, olfaction and emotion, and emotional facial expression perception and production.


Isabelle Peretz

Isabelle Peretz is a cognitive neuropsychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal with a doctorate in experimental psychology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Peretz’s research focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability, and its specificity relative to language. She has published more than 150 scientific papers on a variety of topics, including perception, memory, emotions, and performance. Peretz is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing. In 2005, Peretz became the founding co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS). She is the founding editor-in-chief of the new open-access journal, Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.


Marc-André Rappaz

Marc-André Rappaz is a professor and teaches harmony and music analysis at the Geneva University of Music, where he studied violin, viola, and music theory. He also studied mathematics, Chinese, and computer science at the University of Geneva. He is currently interested in various analytical approaches, including set theory, Schenkerian and post-Schenkerian analysis, the evolution of the generative theories issues related to the syntax of tonal music, the evolution of the tonal system and the various temperaments.


 Philippe Dinkel

Philippe Dinkel is a Swiss pianist and musicologist. He was born in Vevey, Switzerland, and completed his piano studies in Lausanne (Philippe-Jules Godard), Geneva (premier prix de virtuosité, class of Harry Datyner), Bloomington (Indiana University, USA, Alfonso Montecino) and Brussels (Pascal Sigrist). Chamber music is a highly important part of his concert activities, notably within the Trio Musiviva (1st prize of the Colmar competition), with the Sine Nomine Quartet as well as with various other artists, singers and ensembles.
He has also a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Geneva and is the author of numerous articles and conferences. He has taught musicology, music history, and analysis before becoming the head of the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, and from 2009 until now of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
He has been the chairman of the Conference of the Swiss Music Universities and also served on the board of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires and in various music juries such as the Clara Haskil piano competition and the Tchaikovsky competition for young musicians. He is presently the dean of the Music Department of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.


Indre Viskontas

Indre Viskontas earned a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA. She also has a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is currently a professor and teaches aspiring professional musicians how to develop effective practice strategies using the neuroscience of learning and memory. She is a Cognitive Neuroscience Affiliate at the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Her scientific work was featured in Oliver Sacks’ best-selling book Musicophilia and in Discover Magazine. She lectures widely on topics ranging from Music and the Brain to the Allure of Mystery. She co-hosts of the popular science podcast Point of Inquiry.


Dusan Bogdanovic

Described as a composer of masterful craft with a genuine clarity and purity of vision (Guitar Review, 2002), Dusan Bogdanovic has developed a personal synthesis of contemporary classical, jazz and ethnic music. As a soloist and in collaboration with various artists, Dusan has toured extensively throughout Europe, United States and Japan. Early in his career, he received the only First Prize at the Geneva Competition and gave a highly acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1977.
Dusan’s has written music for solo guitar, various types of chamber ensembles, orchestra, as well as multimedia and dance. He has over one hundred published compositions as well as close to twenty CD recordings. After having taught at the Belgrade Academy and at the San Francisco Conservatory, he is presently teaching at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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