“This rare disciplinary cross-pollination performance art pairs a Nobel laureate’s considerable medical expertise with his son’s original jazz pieces.” – PBS
Genes & Jazz
with Dr. Harold Varmus & the Jacob Varmus Quintet
Presented by University of British Columbia
What happens when you cross a Nobel prize-winning geneticist with one of New York’s most sought after jazz quintets? Genes & Jazz. Part jazz concert, part scientific talk by one of the world’s finest scientific minds, Genes & Jazz is where the seemingly dichotomous worlds of science and the arts meet.
Dr. Harold Varmus won the Nobel Prize in 1989 for his work on the proto-oncogene, which enhanced our understanding of cancer. His son, jazz trumpeter Jacob leads the Jacob Varmus Quintet. Together they explore the ways that genes and notes affect complex organisms and compelling music. The father-son duo compares cell biology to the development of musical compositions.
“Mutation is essential to species diversity just as stylistic variation is essential to the arts,” says Dr. Varmus. “Without genetic error, there would be no evolution. Without variety, there would be no development in art, literature or music. Variety is essential to progress.”
Genes & Jazz was sparked in 2008 as part of the ‘Works & Process’ series at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
This event is made possible with the support of Genome BC, Nature’s Path, The Tyee and Banyen Books.
Nobel Prize Winner & Scientist Harold Varmus, M.D., co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, was nominated by President Obama as Director of the National Cancer Institute on May 17, 2010. He began his tenure as NCI Director on July 12, 2010. He previously served as President and Chief [...]
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