Math and Music with Marcus G. Miller

“Losing oneself in a problem or a composition—say, having a solution appear all at once, or having melodies and rhythms bubble up in a dream—is among the most exhilarating human experiences.”  —Marcus G. Miller

The mathematician and musician Marcus Miller emerges amidst the chaos and disorder of the world today and joins us on the Pioneer Works Broadcast on September 3. Tune in for some jazz and a fireside chat on math, music, and creativity with Marcus in conversation with our Director of Sciences Janna Levin. Music will be performed by Marcus G. Miller (Saxophone), Andrew Atkinson (Drums), and Barry Stephenson (Bass).

As part of a special performance in the Pioneer Works Garden, Math and Music with Marcus G. Miller will be available to view from the comfort of your own home, on air September 3 at 8 PM on the Broadcast. Please RSVP to join and watch this event.

Marcus G. Miller is a musician and mathematician based in NYC. He began studying saxophone at age nine with the help of world renown saxophonist Bruce Williams. With interests expanding music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in mathematics. He has developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-Winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman.

Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, The World Economic Forum at Davos, The Montreux Jazz Festival, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste, Carnegie Hall. He works as a teaching artist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was noted as an Artist of Distinction by the state of New Jersey.

Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics by giving talks and performances that combine math and music. He hopes to encourage people to become more aware of the beauty in mathematics and the power of imagination. @imaginewithmarcus

Janna Levin is the Chair and Director of the Science Studios at Pioneer Works. She is the Claire Tow Professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. Janna is a Guggenheim Fellow and a PEN-award winning novelist for a first work of fiction. She is the presenter of the NOVA feature Black Hole Apocalypse, aired on PBS—the first female presenter for NOVA in 35 years. @jannalevin

The Pioneer Works Broadcast is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science. And the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, bridging the two cultures of science and the arts.