Poster Vijay Iyer.
Pianist, composer and scientist Vijay Iyer will give an interview, master class and concert at Carleton College this week.
Lena Adasheva
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And by “science” I don’t mean Thomas Dolby’s blinding 1980s essay. This time, it’s the intersection of music and science at Carleton College.

This week, its music department welcomes pianist, composer and cognitive scientist Vijay Iyer. He’s a MacArthur “genius grant” winner who fully inhabits the appellation: bachelor’s degrees in math and physics from Yale? Check! Master’s degree in physics from UC Berkeley? Check! Doctorate in technology and the arts? Check! Faculty at Harvard? Check! Award-winning jazz pianist? Check! Classical composer for Brooklyn Rider, Imani Winds, American Composers Orchestra, the Metropolitan Museum and Wigmore Hall? Keep checking.

At Carleton College on Wednesday and Thursday, Iyer will be interviewed about cognitive science, give a master class to jazz students and perform with his trio.

And if you’re looking to be further “blinded by science,” here’s a recent enlightening session from Yo-Yo Ma at CERN: Music and Physics: A Spacetime Voyage Back to Our Origins

It’s poetry in motion …   

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