Music on the Brain with Helen Sung and Dr. Sarah Woolley

Thu Apr 25 2024 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem | New York

Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute
Publisher/HostColumbia University's Zuckerman Institute
Music on the Brain with Helen Sung and Dr. Sarah Woolley
Join us at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on Thurs., April 25, for a jazz concert and dialogue about neuroscience & musical creativity.
About this Event
Music on the Brain

Join jazz pianist and composer Helen Sung and Zuckerman Institute Principal Investigator Sarah Woolley for a jazz concert and dialogue exploring the fascinating parallels between neuroscience and jazz improvisation.

Music on the Brain is a collaboration between the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute.

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Helen Sung

Helen Sung is an acclaimed pianist/composer. Winner of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, she has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, and Columbia University, where she was the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Based in New York City, Helen maintains a schedule of performing/touring, teaching, and recording: her latest project Quartet+, made possible by a NYFA NYC Women’s Fund grant, was released on Sunnyside Records in September 2021. In addition to her own band, Helen has performed with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Regina Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, and fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band and Cecile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse. Helen is a Steinway Artist.

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Sarah Woolley

Sarah Woolley is a Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute and a co-director of the Center for Integrative Animal Behavior. Dr. Woolley received her bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and behavior from the University of Washington School of Medicine. In 2014, she became an elected member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and Principal Investigator at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and Columbia Research Initiatives in Science & Engineering (RISE). Dr. Woolley has helped decode how the brain interprets vocalizations — and what happens during development when those sounds are disrupted. By studying how experience and brain circuits interact to give songbirds their unusual capacity to communicate via song, Dr. Woolley is also gaining insight into what happens when vocal communication is impaired. Her research could shed important light on developmental disorders associated with speech and communication.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street, New York, United States


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