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Mar 07 2024


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Improvising Musical Time: A Perspective from Embodied Cognition

Music is often regarded as a temporal artform, but what does that truly entail? According to Mariusz Kozak, musical time emerges from interactions between sonic events and the embodied responses of participants—performers and listeners alike. More specifically, musical time is enacted when we coordinate our movements, ranging from surreptitious tapping and head-nodding all the way up to full-blown choreographies and vigorous headbanging, with what we perceive to be opportunities for action. We improvise time with and through our bodies when we use our knowledge of what movement feels like to turn explicit events (the present) into implicit ones (the past), and implicit events (the future) into explicit ones (the present).

Event Speaker

Mariusz Kozak, Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required.

Please contact the group organizer, Jessie Cox at jc5036@columbia.edu with any questions. The Comparing Domains of Improvisation series is sponsored by the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at Columbia University.

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Event Contact Information:
Jessie Cox