Musco Center for the Arts
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Jazzy STEAM Concert Shines a Spotlight on the ‘Jazz of Physics’ at Chapman University Innovative, free one-night performance set for April 1 at Musco Center for the Arts

What happens when a theoretical physicist, a Renaissance man, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, and a drummer meet up? They redefine music.

Chapman University Presidential Fellow and saxophonist Stephon Alexander leads Jazzy STEAM, a performance of world-class musicians and cutting-edge physicists in God Particle who bring to life Alexander’s best-selling book “The Jazz of Physics.” The group’s theoretical physics and jazz collision are in concert for a free public event, April 1 at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University.

Along with Alexander, the performers include jaron Lanier, a computer scientist and father of virtual reality; Melvin Gibbs, a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter; and Grammy award-winning Living Color drummer Will Calhoun. Read more about the artists and register for this free event.

“We are pleased to support President Struppa and Professor Lawrence Brown in their visionary STEAM connections through astrophysicist and saxophonist Dr. Stephon Alexander and his quartet of like-minded physicist-musicians,” said Musco Center Executive Director Richard T. Bryant. “Jazzy Steam is the perfect example of how artists and scientists are alike in the way their brains work — how they learn — and how they transform information into knowledge in a manner that drives innovation and creativity.  Just like Chapman University.”

The 4 p.m. performance offers part concert and part scientific panel in a nod to the interconnectivity of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

About Chapman University

Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally ranked private university located in Southern California. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Based in the city of Orange, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. In 2019, the university opened its 11th college, Fowler School of Engineering, in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering. Learn more about Chapman University:


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