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Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

At the risk of indulging site-oriented stereotyping, some jazz gigs just have an inherently brainier vibe than others. Take, for an obvious example, the concert series at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, a respected and architecturally dazzling location and a fine, acoustically friendly theater space in which to hear jazz. Given the right programming, which the “Athenaeum Jazz” series has frequently managed, jazz comes to life with a kind of refined focus in this space.

An in-house publication in the lobby, called Brain Matters, considers the research of Aniruddh Patel, probing the connections between music and the brain. “As far as we know,” he is quoted as saying, “humans are the only species that synchronize to a beat, that move or tap their feet to musical rhythms. What does that tell us about the human brain and its structure and function?”

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