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Exploratorium After Dark: Music & Creativity - September 2011

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July 11, 2011

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Exploratorium After Dark: Music & Creativity - September 2011

Exploratorium After Dark: Music & Creativity - featuring Dr. Parag Chordia
Thursday, September 1, 2011
6-10 pm

Spend an evening at the Exploratorium chilling to the sounds of classical North Indian music and learning about the science of brain activity and music performance. After Dark: Music & Creativity takes place on Thursday, September 1, from 6 to 10 pm. Dr. Chordia, who performs on the sarod, is also the Head of the Music Intelligence Group at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. He is the founder of Bol Records, a music label that has produced albums by leading artists of Indian classical music.

After Dark is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium. Or, you can become a member and save a bundle. To sign up for the Exploratorium’s After Dark email list and receive once-a-month event details, contact afterdark@exploratorium.edu .

When not performing or producing albums, Dr. Chordia is engaged in research focusing on the creation of new technologies for musical self-expression, as well as the neural basis of musical emotion and cognitive underpinnings of musical experience.

“When a person is listening to a song, she is anticipating, at any given moment, the timing and nature of the next event by decoding the musical signal. Even when analyzing a simple song, the brain utilizes complex correlations between the musical elements to make accurate predictions,” says Dr. Chordia.

Dr. Chordia's research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  After Dark: Music & Creativity will also feature musical instrument builder Sun Kim, who will have some of his instruments on hand for guests to check out.

After Dark, an adult evening program on the first Thursday of every month, mixes cocktails, conversation and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts. Each night showcases a different theme, which might include live performances, films and new media, or feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected extravaganzas. Programs are playful, unique and content-rich, addressing the science behind topics of adult interest—from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Not a theater, a cabaret, or a gallery, After Dark involves aspects of all three, with a mood unlike anything else in the city. Where else can you find music, a cash bar and an intellectually stimulating playground for adults—all with free parking?

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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