Brooklyn Jazz Underground

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a newly formed collective, is an association of independent bandleaders with a shared commitment to improvised music. Through cooperative effort, members of the BJU strive to create greater awareness of their work.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tanya Kalmanovitch: The evolutionary function of music.

From today's New York Times. Clive Thompson's article on Daniel Levitin, a former pop producer turned neuropsychologist, who offers among other things, an argument for the evolutionary function of music:

"Not all of Dr. Levitin’s idea have been easily accepted. He argues, for example, that music is an evolutionary adaptation: something that men developed as a way to demonstrate reproductive fitness. (Before you laugh, consider the sex lives of today’s male rock stars.) Music also helped social groups cohere. “Music has got to be useful for survival, or we would have gotten rid of it years ago,” he said."

Read the whole article here.


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