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An evening of performance and discussion exploring the effects of music on body, mind and soul

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Exploring the effects of the mysterious, intangible, precious, utterly essential entity we call music through discussion and live performance.

What happens in our brains and bodies when we experience music? Can music connect us to a spiritual realm? Why – and how – does music help us understand ourselves, each other and the world around us?

Pause blends live musical performance with provocations, conversation and debate. As well as guest speakers and SE musicians sharing their perspectives on what music does to us and why, carefully-devised sets of music will create an absorbing listening experience for mind and body – from the riveting, repetitive patterns of Philip Glass, to the mystical intensity of Biber, to the Pulitzer-Prize-winning soundscapes of Caroline Shaw.

Touching on music’s scientific, spiritual and philosophical qualities, Pause will make you stop and think about how and why we listen to music, what it gives to us, and what else we could do with it.

Featuring contrasting sets of live music for strings curated by Scottish Ensemble violinist Daniel Pioro, including works by:

Heinrich Biber (b.1644)
George Frideric Handel (b.1685)
John Cage (b.1912)
Pauline Oliveros (b.1932)
Philip Glass (b.1937)
Caroline Shaw (b.1982)

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Read/Listen: Scottish Ensemble’s Guide To… Pause
Read: What does music do to the brain, body and soul?
Read: Pause event programme (PDF)
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Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Sep 2018 at 7:30 pm

54 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2LR United Kingdom

0131 220 4348