Pianist Gabriela Montero Discusses Classical Improvisation, Composition, and Creative Dissent

Date: 

Monday, January 27, 2020, 4:15pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA, 02138
MonteroInternationally renowned pianist Gabriela Montero will discuss her evolution as an improvisational artist and creative dissenter. Montero will consider fundamental questions about improvisation: What is it, to a classical musician? She will explore how improvisation works on a bio-neurological basis, presenting fMRI studies done on her own brain. She will also consider how musicians can choose to use improvisation as a reactive and informational device—and even as a tool of protest and dissent. In the context of the crisis in Venezuela, Montero will address her role as a “musical journalist,” asking how moral choices affect the decision to compose and whether composition can effect any significant and enduring social change. Free and open to the public (registration requested). For additional information and to register online, click here.