Music on the Brain: The Magic of Touch

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Can music shape our sense of touch? Can sensual music affect our sexual receptivity? In our upcoming edition of Music on the Brain, we explore cross-sensory experiences–in particular, the connection between what we hear and what we feel.

Join multi-instrumentalist jazz musician, composer, and educator T.K. Blue, pianist Sharp Radway, and Zuckerman Institute Neuroscientist Dr. Anastasia-Maria Zavitsanou for a jazz concert and dialogue, exploring the fascinating interplay between auditory and tactile perception.

Music on the Brain is a collaboration between the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute with the support of Jazz Foundation of America.

TK Blue

Talib Kibwe, or T.K. Blue, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator. He has appeared on over 85 recordings and has performed with a vast array of jazz greats over the years. He is committed to music education. Having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Psychology from NYU and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University, Blue has taught at every level from pre-K to the graduate level and served as the Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University. TK’s 2017 release, Amour, his 11th CD as a leader, was cited as one of the best jazz recordings of the year by Downbeat Magazine. His latest album, The Tide of Love, a recording of beautiful ballads and songs of romance, was released in 2023 on Arkadia Records and reached #11 on the jazz charts.

Anastasia-Maria Zavitsanou

Born and raised in Greece, Dr. Anastasia-Maria Zavitsanou is currently a neuroscientist in the Abdus-Saboor Lab at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, investigating somatosensory behaviors, from pain perception to sexual pleasure. For the latter, her work seeks to uncover how the brain generates the perception of pleasure based on sensory stimuli such as vibrations applied on female sexual organs. She aspires to contribute to a more informed and inclusive dialogue on the science of pleasure, normalizing open conversations about sexual health.

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