Next month, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is teaming up with the American Museum of Natural History in New York for a live collaborative performance entitled Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told.’
Hart, a noted world-music proponent and multi-Grammy winner, will welcome guests for the special Musica Universalis performances in the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The show is presented in collaboration with the museum’s Director of Astrovisualization, Carter Emmart, who will be providing “original space visualizations.”
“With Hart playing live on his Pythagorean Monochord instrument known as ‘the Beam,’ and original space visualizations designed by Emmart, visitors will be taken on a musical and visual journey as they explore Hart’s ‘sonifications’ of our universe, from the first rhythms of the Big Bang to the neural vibrations of the human brain,” a description of the event reads.
The two-day museum offering will also include a walk-through of the exhibit Our Senses: An Immersive Experience featuring music taken from Hart’s latest album RAMU, plus a Q&A with Hart, Emmart, neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and Our Senses curator Rob DeSalle, who will all discuss “the connection between music and the vibratory universe, and the ways Hart uses that connection to further our understanding of the sonic relationship between man and the universe.”
The AMNH will host the event on April 13 and 14. More information and tickets can be found here. All ticket holders will also receive a signed copy of Hart’s artist’s statement and a vinyl copy of RAMU.