May 1: Flamenco on the Brain with Professor Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli

DATE & TIME: 6:00pm EDT May 1, 2016

Professor Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli will give a talk highlighting what happens in the brain when we listen to music. Her talk will include a summary of research on this topic done from her work at Marymount Manhattan College. Following her talk, there will be a performance by remarkable and well-known Flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortes.


Pedro Cortes says of flamenco guitar that “without that rage and sweetness you aren’t complete.”  A Queens kid with Gypsy Andalusian roots, Pedro is just the best flamenco guitarist around, with a new CD that incorporates the tradition to new surroundings. He will bring to us his power, if not rage, and sweetness too, in a concert of solo and duo guitar pieces accompanied by Jose Luis Moreno.

Flamenco streams into the soul. Which means it goes through our senses into the brain, and into our emotional and cognitive consciousness that dwells within. Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli, a behavioral neuroscientist (and mad about flamenco) at Marymount Manhattan College has begun to study the connections between music, emotions and the brain, with a special emphasis on therapeutic effects of music. She will share her insight about what happens in our minds when we listen to music and some preliminary findings from her current work in the field. 

May 1, 2016 at 6 pm, in Roald Hoffmann and Dave Soldier’s Entertaining Science cabaret. At the Cornelia Street Café (in the Village, at 29 Cornelia Street between Bleecker and W. 4th). $10 cover  + $10 minimum.