on June 19, 2006
Musica e Molecole – Jazz 19 June
In collaboration with the Foundation Science et Cité, with the support of the Horten Foundation and UBS Bellinzona, and in conjunction with the visit to the institute of the Horten Foundation Council, IRB will be holding an evening of music and science Monday, 19 of June.
The idea of the event is to invite supporters and neighbours into the institute, to share some science and some music with them, and to raise a glass together. Our hope is that this and similar events will reduce the distance that can sometimes be felt between the general public and science, a task which is especially important to the IRB because of its remote location.
Why Music? The affinity between music and science can better be described by musicians and scientists than by your editor, who is neither, but the first time I entered the IRB I was convinced of a clear connection between the two. For me the students and scientists of the IRB (and perhaps other institutes) follow a similar calling to musicians, a dedication to translating the natural world, and to sharing with others their privileged access to the phenomena that they study.
While the unusual atrium of palazzo Fabrizia seems to lend itself to acoustical music, the challenge will be getting the guests to go upstairs and look down on the musicians.
If the preliminary data look good, we will continue the experiment in September with music by Stockhausen, and then again in the spring with classical.