Grammy Award winner Paul Horn
Singer and poet Ann Mortifee
Eugene Watts, founding member of Canadian Brass
Ed Sarath, director of University of Michigan's Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies, professor of music in UM’s Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, which he founded, and advisor to MUM’s Creative Musical Arts program.
Symposium on Music and Consciousness Honors Paul Horn
MUM’s Creative Musical Arts (CMA) program will host a weekend-long symposium titled Music and Consciousness on May 14-15. The weekend celebrates the inauguration of the International Association of Meditating Musicians (IAMM).
Special guest of the event is legendary flutist Paul Horn, a long-time teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, who will be giving a presentation on “Improvisation: The Ultimate Art of Self-Expression.” Mr. Horn has won two Grammy Awards for his lifetime of groundbreaking musical innovation in jazz and world music.
“Improvisation gives the musician a chance for personal expression using the language of music,” said Mr. Horn. “It's the honesty, the immediacy, the spontaneity. It allows the audience to experience the real emotion of the music by witnessing its creation.”
The symposium will also include presentations by
- Eugene Watts, founding member of the internationally celebrated Canadian Brass
- Ann Mortifee, award-winning singer and poet and wife of Paul Horn
- Ed Sarath, director of University of Michigan's Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies, professor of music in UM's Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, which he founded, and advisor to MUM's Creative Musical Arts program.
In addition, the event features open-forum discussions on Consciousness-BasedSM approaches to creating, performing, and teaching music, as well as a talk on the relationship of music to brain development by Dr. Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at MUM.
The weekend’s highlight will be the Sunday evening concert honoring Paul Horn. Mr. Horn is the first westerner given permission to perform and record inside sacred spaces all over the world, such as the Taj Mahal and the Potala Palace in Tibet. On May 15th, he will perform in another sacred place, the Golden Dome.
“We look forward to this gathering of creative minds, diverse skills, and deep knowledge, to help define musical study for the 21st century,” said Isabelle Matzkin, director of the CMA program.
The foundation of the CMA program is the profound connection between music, consciousness, and creativity, which is developed through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. This connection provides a holistic, innovative approach to musicianship that allows students to develop their unique artistic voices.
For details, please visit the Symposium Schedule.