Music both creates an environment, and relates to our environments. Where, when, with whom, under what circumstances we hear music impacts our experiences and imprints our memories.
Music has import for most of humanity, its societies, ethnicities, and individuals. It can enhance cross cultural cooperation and dialogue, or divide persons and groups. Research and anecdote reveal music’s importance on physical and emotional health, its interpretive influence on visual perception, cognitive skills, social development, and education. Of current interest is the effect of recent developments in technology on music.
The speakers will focus on music as a key for dialogue, yet will also pinpoint how music may exert negative influences. In an era when we are surrounded by all kinds of music, it is crucial to explore its use and effects in social exchange, cross- and intercultural dialogues, and as a tool in our economic and political arenas. Indeed, music becomes an aspect of identity, generation, and history. Its significance asks to be understood as well as enjoyed and appreciated.
Main Vectors of Discussion: The influence of music on modern technocratic consciousness; Perception of music – is it a physiology or a cultural construct?; The use of music in confrontation of hostile ideological systems and possibility of a dialogue; Music as community building; Outcomes of musical influences on the environment and their impact on excellence, diversity and education; Positive and negative influence of music. Social responsibility of an artist in our recent world