On July 5th, four students from UNC Charlotte performed, and I presented at a special session of the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco. ICMPC accorded us an exceptional honor, providing airfares for the students (my participation was supported by NEC's Sistema Fellowship Resource Center) and presenting them as the only performance of the entire week. Conference Chair Ted Zanto extended the invitation after seeing this video from an early rehearsal that outlined the concept.
ICMPC is the largest, most prestigious event of its kind in the world, a 5-day exploration into the interface of music and the mind. This was not a Sistema conference but a highly scientific event with relentless emphasis on rigour of methodology and accuracy of data. Much of the research presented is fascinating in its own right, but rarefied, largely divorced from the art form that inspired it. The quartet represented a rare convergence of science and art, the summation of many perceptual principles explained in the literature, only represented in the act of performance...
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Jonathan Govias, Sistema Fellow '10