Next Bronowski Forum will explore music and science at the margins

By Ron Newby

An evening of improvisational conversation between David Borgo, jazz musician (and much more) and James Fowler, expert on social networks (and much more), will take place at the fall Bronowski Art & Science Forum, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. The two UCSD professors will weigh-in on the topic “Sync or Swarm: The Complex Dynamics of Improvisation and Influence.”

In 1994, Borgo won first prize at the International John Coltrane Competition, and since that time has released seven CDs and one DVD, and has toured internationally. In 2006, his book “Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age,” was awarded the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology as the most distinguished book in the field.

Borgo currently performs with his electro-acoustic duo KaiBorg, which explores the intersections between live audio and video processing and free improvisation, and with his sextet Kronomorfic, which explores polymetric time.

He will perform a short Jazz composition on his saxophone at the event.

Fowler’s areas of research are social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior).

His research has examined the correlation in parent and child partisanship, one’s willingness to be adventurous or not within certain group settings. These studies have provided evidence for a link between genetics and behavior.

With Nicholas Christakis, Fowler has written, “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.” He’s been featured on numerous television shows, including two appearances on “The Colbert Report.”

Free tickets to the Forum must be obtained in advance at