NWEAMO 2013 — Emotional circuits: Electric animal
Newsflash! We are all the same – under the hood. Mammals & birds share the same neurobiology for emotions.
Is it time to ask your dog to join the choir?
… a Suzuki piano method for your cat?
New inventions such as fMRI and MEG are showing our brain circuits with a degree of resolution previously impossible. Neuroscientists are using these to map our enormously complex brains, and are beginning to understand what circuits light up when we smile, give our baby a hug, feel bullied, see an attractive fellow human walking down the street – and experience music.
Currently, affective neuroscientists have identified the circuits for 7 deeply ingrained emotions shared by all mammals & probably birds.
The artistic ramifications of such a groundbreaking, breathtaking assertion are enormous. First off – what are these seven so-called “primary process” emotions? How do these connect to the catalog of subtle emotional states that we experience in constantly shifting hues throughout the day and in our dreams?
Is there music that specifically provokes these? Does this illuminate new possibilities for music?
This is the over-arching theme of NWEAMO 2013 — Emotional circuits: Electric animal
To help us understand these ideas we will be joined by renowned, world-famous neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp, and the NWEAMO featured artists will explore these ideas in their work at this year’s festival.
Friday night will feature the IMPetus trio – direct from New York City – who have amazed audiences throughout Europe and eastern United States, making their first West Coast appearance.
Saturday night Dr. Panksepp will open with a pre-concert talk on his groundbreaking research and ideas – which are reshaping how we think of ourselves and our felt fellow creatures.
The concert will feature premieres by notable San Diego composers Bob Kostlan and Bill Bradbury, and will conclude with a new work by Joseph Martin Waters, in which IMPetus will rejoin the stage with the SWARMIUS-Hausmann Project and friends to create the SWARMIUS-Hausmann Tsunami Orchestra. The six-movement work was created in consultation with Dr. Panksepp and applies new ideas about emotions.
Featured NWEAMO 2013 Artists:
• IMPetus – world chamber punk cabaret trio — direct from NYC
• SWARMIUS—Hausmann Tsunami Ensemble
• Bob Kostlan
• Bill Bradbury
Featured NWEAMO 2013 Neuroscientist: Dr. Jaak Panksepp
If musicians & composers are attempting to stimulate an emotional response, then what actually is an emotion? There is an entire branch of neuroscience dedicated to emotions.
Laughing with Rats, Dogs & Gorillas.
Affective Neuroscience is the brainchild of Jaak Panksepp, who coined the term. It is the branch of neuroscience that studies the ancient parts of our brains in which the physiology is nearly identical among all mammals and birds. This is where the roots of our emotional systems are centered. His work is controversial, because the research shows that all mammals & most likely birds share the same basic set of seven, so-called primary process emotions. His groundbreaking concepts have been popularized by Temple Grandin In such works as “Animals In Translation ” and “Animals Make Us Human ”
There are videos of Panksepp demonstrating his research on play & laughter in other mammals – especially rats. Here is a link to a YouTube video of Panksepp tickling rats.
Panksepp will be giving a pre-concert talk on Saturday and signing copies of his new book “The Archeology of the Mind: Neurobiological Origins of Human Emotions” (Norton 2012), (which has been chosen by Norte Dame as the universities’ reading for this year).
Festival dates: Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2013
Where: 1st Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest, San Diego
4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103.
Note: for GPS, use 298 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103.
— opposite the UCSD Medical Center.
Bus Route: San Diego MTS Bus Route 3. Validated parking is also available.
Tickets:$20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students & children
Time: Concert at 8:00 Fri. & Sat. ; Sat. pre-concert talk by renown author & affective neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp
Friday — 8:00 PM: IMPetus trio (from NYC) — world chamber punk cabaret trio
(please see below for bio and program)
Saturday — 7:30 PM: Dr. Jaak Panksepp “The Archeology of Mind”
– pre-concert talk & book signing.
8:00 PM concert:
world premieres by
• Bob Kostlan (flute & live electronics)
• Bill Bradbury (mandolin & electronics)
• SWARMIUS-Hausmann Tsunami Ensemble
Friday – April 26, 8:00 PM
IMPetus Trio – featuring Geoffrey Burleson – piano (Princeton University, Naxos Records); Maria Tegzes – soprano; David Fabris – Electric Guitar
Joseph Martin Waters: Do Something Foolish, for piano and electronics
IMPetus: Das Labeling-Song
Henry Cow/arr. Burleson: War
Maurice Ravel/arr. IMPetus: Aoua!
Max Roach: Driva Man
Franz Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
Trent Reznor: Hurt
Preston Stahly: Burn Rate, for piano and electronics
Charles Ives/arr. IMPetus: “Gyp the Blood” or Hearst!? Which is Worst!?
IMPetus: Night Crawler
Tzvi Gluckin/Punjab Frontier Force/arr. IMPetus: Mind Control
IMPetus: Child of All
Dave Fabris: Keys we Left Behind
Shostakovich/arr. IMPetus: Symphony No. 9 (II. Moderato)
Saturday – April 27
7:30 PM Dr. Jaak Panksepp: “The Archeology of the Mind” pre-concert talk and book signing
8:00 PM Program:
• Bob Kostlan
“A PRIORI” & “A POSTERIORI” (world premier)
– for flute and live electronic processing
• Bill Bradbury (world premier)
– for mandolin and electronics
• SWARMIUS-Hausmann Tsunami Ensemble
featuring SWARMIUS Trio, Hausman String Qt., IMPetus Trio, Kareening Fallingstar, Hermes, Marimbus Fourmalletus, Nathalious Kettlesome, Krishan Oberai and more….
“Electric Animal” (world premier)
1. “Arousal Call” (Joseph Waters & J.S.Bach)
5. “Upon a Kareening Fallingstar”
6. “Pacific 565” (Joseph Waters & J.S.Bach)