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    Music to Whose Ears? Music, Emotion, and Mind

    Saturday, April 13, 2013
    2:30 PM

    Participants include Greg Calbi, Jesse Harris, Marina Korsakova-Kreyn, Gilbert Rose, and Alina Rubinstein.

    Donations Accepted

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    A foundational work on emotion and music, Leonard Meyer's 1956 treatise, Emotion and Meaning in Music, describes competing philosophical positions regarding musical meaning. It might rest exclusively within the context of the work itself; or refer to the extra-musical world of concepts, actions, emotional states, and character; or stem from an intellectual perception of the formalist qualities of the work; or find its foundations in an emotional response to musical relationships. How might we define the aesthetic effects of music? What is it about this auditory experience that offers a unique connection to emotion, whether evanescent or enduring? Is the emotional experience of music particular to the listener, or might there be a universal quality to the way we respond to music? Experts in the creation and study of music will attempt to answer these and other questions.
    GREG CALBI is a partner and senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound in New York City. Combining technical skill and an innate sense of how music should sound, he manipulates frequency balance, dynamic range, and other characteristics of a mix, aiming to create a heightened emotional response for listeners. Over forty years, Calbi has mastered more than 7,500 albums in various genres, including the work of rock artists such as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Mayer, Norah Jones, and David Byrne. In the jazz world, his credits include Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, and Branford Marsalis, and in the current indie rock field, he's worked with Bon Iver, Alabama Shakes, Yo La Tengo, and Passion Pit.

    JESSE HARRIS is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer of artists all over the world. Best known for having written and played guitar on Norah Jones' breakout hit "Don't Know Why" (for which he won the 2003 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year), he has also had his songs recorded by numerous other artists, including Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Cat Power, Solomon Burke, and Emmylou Harris. As a solo artist, Jesse has released over 10 albums, including his forthcoming release, titled "Borne Away." His website is

    MARINA KORSAKOVA-KREYN is a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on perception of melodic transformation. She has lectured on "Time-Space of Music"and"Visualization of Elements and Structures in Music" at various art schools, including The Cooper Union School of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, and Boston Architectural College. A recent lecture tour on "Music and the Brain" addressed musicianship-related brain plasticity from the point of view of a music cognitivist and practicing musician. Currently, Dr. Korsakova-Kreyn collaborates with researchers on imaging studies in perception of motion in tonal space. She is the author of two books, The Universe of Music and Music: She is the Only One to Talk with Me.

    GILBERT J. ROSE served for many years on the faculties of Yale University Medical School and the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is a winner of the Sandor Lorand Essay Award of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York and The Founders Teaching Prize of The Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. He is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Life Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a Member of the Gardiner Program for Psychoanalysis and the Humanities at Yale. He is currently in private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Rowayton, CT. Dr. Rose is the author of The Power of Form: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Aesthetic Form, Trauma and Mastery in Life and Art, Necessary Illusion: Art As Witness, and Between Couch and Piano: Psychoanalysis, Music, Art, Neuroscience.

    ALINA RUBINSTEIN is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE), affiliated with the New York University Medical Center, where she is currently co-teaching "Theories of the Self" to psychoanalytic candidates. She also supervises trainees in IPE's Adult Psychotherapy Program and psychiatry residents at NYU Medical Center. Dr. Rubinstein was raised in a family of musicians and has played the piano all her life. She served as a juror for the first four Piano Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs established in 1999 by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. An avid chamber music participant, she performs in concerts several times a year with other musicians. Seven years ago Dr. Rubinstein also began studying the cello, wishing to explore non-percussive techniques of producing musical sound.

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