The Birth of Creation is a unique concert/performance
that ties together neuroscience, music, technology and visual art.
It is a conceptual journey inspired by research on spontaneous creativity, improvisation, and synchronization between creators.
The performance showcases two pianists, Orazio Sciortino and Richard Rentsch who sit facing one another in front of two interlaced grand pianos. We begin by collecting a short series of notes from the audience, at random. These notes are used as a starting point to create a spontaneous, improvised composition. While the pianists play, neuroscientist-musician Dr. Nathaniel Evans records various neurophysiological signals from the musicians, including electrical brain activity, heart activity, respiration, and head movements. In collaboration with the BigMap visual collective, these signals are transformed into visuals and are projected above the pianists for the audience to see. The visuals highlight moments of fusion and synchrony between the brains of the two pianists.
This mixed-media performance piece extends the metaphor that the creation is born in an enigmatic void. Our moment-by-moment actions are
guided by our past experiences, our present environment, our social interactions, and our mysterious ability to surprise ourselves by reformulating these elements.
Our lives, our compositions, are constantly unfolding via creation. Interacting with others leads us to
unpredictable outcomes that could have not existed in the individual, rather, only by synchronized collaboration.
This fully improvised composition, combined with a conceptual, visual representation of the internal physiological states of the pianists makes a poignant and intriguing artistic statement as well as a captivating, un-repeatable experience for audiences.
Dr. Nathaniel Evans
Neuroscientist, technical lead, and project managementwww.nathanielevans.com
Composer, pianist, project management & bookingswww.richardrentsch.com
Visuals and performance aestheticswww.bigmap.tv
Performances & Press
Les Surprises du Cerveau - Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Science & Beauty Event - The Dolder Grand - Zürich, Switzerland
MDRNTY Music Festival - Italy, Spain
Seminar: Improvise to Learn, Learn to Improvise - Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) - Lausanne, Switzerland
TEDxCERN: Ripples of Curiosity
Creativity and the Unconscious - Improvisation Symposium, l'Abri Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Dom Perignon: “Power of Creation” – The Dolder Grand, Zürich, Switzerland
MUSICA: EuroNews documentary – Haute École de Musique - Geneva, Switzerland
KAUST: Music/Science Symposium – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Montreux Jazz Festival: Petit Palais Workshop - Montreux, Switzerland
Pictet Bank Private Event - Force Motrice - Geneva, Switzerland
Brain & Music Event - Swiss Institute - Rome, Italy
EPFL Life Science Inauguration – EPFL - Lausanne, Switzerland
6th FENS (Federation of European Neurosciences) Forum - Palexpo - Geneva, Switzerland
2018 – RTS - “Surprises du cerveau”
2018 – Journal de Sierre - “La creativité se manifeste dans le cerveau”
2014 – MUSICA:EuroNews documentary - “All in the mind: musical and scientific quest to understand improvisation”
2012 – Montreux Jazz Festival – Radio Show
2012 – Verbier Classical Music Festival – Radio Show