A spectacular jazz concert and a talk by Nobel Prize-winning neuroscience professor Edvard Moser kick off STARMUS VI

A spectacular jazz concert and a talk by Nobel Prize-winning neuroscience professor Edvard Moser kick off STARMUS VI


YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 4, ARMENPRESS. A jazz concert and a talk by Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning neuroscience and psychology professor Edvard Moser kicked off the highly anticipated STARMUS VI: 50 Years on Mars festival in Yerevan, Armenia.

The 6th edition of the world festival of science communication and the arts presented the first-ever jazz concert at STARMUS.

Moser, who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with longtime collaborator and then-wife May-Britt Moser, and former mentor John O’Keefe for their work identifying the brain’s positioning system, said spoke about the specificities of the brain in perceiving music during the Music and Brain conference. Moser said music is a social phenomenon, and playing music can help with the brain’s interpersonal coordination mechanisms.

After the conference, American keyboardist Derek Sherinian, English drummer Simon Phillips and American bassist Ric Fierabracci took the stage for the concert program. Jazz pianist and composer Tigran Hamasian performed tracks from his 2020 album The Call Within with bassist Marc Karapetian and drummer Arthur Hnatek.

Angela C. Hale