Date: Friday 18 September
Location: Aula Maxima, UCC
Artists: Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Nadia Sirota (yMusic), Dr. John Cryan (Professor of Neuroscience), Dr Ken O’Halloran (Professor of Physiology) and Andre de Ridder (Stargaze)
Title: Playing your heart out
A performance and conversation about the principles of Music for Heart and Breath, a contemporary classical composition by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) in which the musicians use their own heartbeat and breath to dictate the pace and pulse of the music.
Duet for Heart and Breath will be performed by Richard Reed Parry and Nadia Sirota.
The operating principles of the piece is that pulse and meter are dictated by the individual performers own heartbeat and breath. This is achieved by physically strapping a stethoscope to the musician and then using their own inner pulse and breathing to dictate the pace of the music. The symposium will explore and expose where science and music meet.
Following a performance of the Duet for Heart and Breath, the panellists will discuss the physical effects this compositional technique has on both the performer and the music itself.
John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He was a visiting fellow at the Dept. Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia (1997-1998), which was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. He spent four years at the Novartis Institutes for Bio Medical Research in Basel Switzerland, as a Lab Head, Behavioural Pharmacology prior to joining UCC in 2005 where he was a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy and in the Dept. Pharmacology & Therapeutics UCC. Currently he is also a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre.