Beat goes on at Bronowski Forum with lecture on music and the brain in La Jolla

Kicking off the 13th year of Bronowski Forum presentations with the 112th lecture will be renowned neuroscientists Aniruddh D. Patel and John Iversen, and celebrated UCSD music professor Steven Schick speaking at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the auditorium of the Neuroscience Institute.

Neuroscientists John Iversen, Ph.D. and Aniruddh Patel, Ph.D.

The “trio” will present an evening interlaced with performances and insight into the inner workings of the brain to reveal how instrumental music reflects speech and language, how beat becomes an endogenous product of the mind, and the role culture plays in rhythm perception.

The public is invited to the free forum curated by Ron Newby to “bridge the divide between art and science.”

Patel’s work focuses on music and the brain as an Esther Burnham Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute. He is the author of “Music, Language, and the Brain” (2008, Oxford University Press), and is president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (

Iversen is an associate fellow in theoretical neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute. Iverson’s research is devoted to understanding how humans actively create a rich and detailed view of the world from sensory stimuli. Fundamental to this work is the use of rhythm as a tool for the study of complex brain processes.

Schick, a distinguished professor of music at UCSD and a consulting artist in percussion at the Manhattan School of Music, has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning and premiering more than 100 works for percussion. In 2007, Schick became music director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City (1992-2002) and from 2000 to 2004 served as artistic director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Switzerland.

Schick is founder of the percussion group, red fish blue fish, and author of “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams.”

If you go

What: Bronowski Forum’s ‘Rhythm — The Brain and a Drum, Conversations with Drs. Aniruddh Patel and John Iversen with Professor Steven Schick’

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 13

Where: Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 1640 John J. Hopkins Drive

Admission: Free


Related posts:

  1. Bronowski memorial planned for Nov. 1
  2. Let Inga Tell You: Couples must plumb the depths of romance
  3. Meet NYT food writer and win his new cookbook
  4. Authors to speak about adoption
  5. La Jolla teen receives leadership award

Short URL:

Posted by Susan DeMaggio on Jan 5, 2011. Filed under La Jolla Life, Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]
  • Carmel Valley 5K and 10K to hit Gonzales Canyon trails in September July 28, 2014
    A new trail running race is coming to Carmel Valley this fall. Jeff Stoner of Del Mar’s Seasick Marketing visited the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board to update the board on the plans for the Carmel Valley Trail 5K and 10K Run, set to take place on Sept. 20. A portion of race proceeds will go toward the Challenged Athletes Foundation. […]