World Premiere Mind Out of Matter Scott Johnson | Alarm Will Sound Oct 4, 2014 8:00 pm; Oct 5, 2014 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

Composed by Scott Johnson
Performed by Alarm Will Sound, conducted by Alan Pierson 

What are the origins of religion and supernatural ideas in human consciousness and culture, and how do they evolve into our religious traditions?  Groundbreaking composer Scott Johnson’s newest work, Mind Out of Matter, approaches this and other perennial questions of human existence with a lively, rock-infused musical sensibility.  Inspired by the ideas of renowned philosopher Daniel C. Dennett, Johnson weaves Dennett’s recorded voice into a rich instrumental score performed by Alarm Will Sound, an adventurous 20-member band acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.”  

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75 minutes, no intermission 

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The creation of Mind Out of Matter was supported by New Music USA and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, with additional production support from Peak Performances  Montclair State (NJ).


Why Are There Reasons? Presented in collaboration with the Montclair State University Department of Philosophy and Religion

Wed Sep 17 - University Hall, Room 1070 - 3:00 PM Free and open to the public.

Learn more about the fascinating ideas that inspired Scott Johnson's Mind Out of Matter when renegade philosopher Daniel C. Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell, Consciousness Explained, and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, visits campus to speak about how Darwin's insights sketch the path from a purposeless world of cause and effect—but no function, no reasons—to the purposeful, reason-drenched world we inhabit today.  Dennett's voice is featured in Johnson's world premiere composition, Mind Out of Matter, performed by critically acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, conducted by Alan Pierson, at the Alexander Kasser Theater October 4 - 5, 2014.
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Click to learn more about Mind Out of Matter at Peak Performances at Montclair State University, October 4 - 5, 2014
This event is free and open to the public.  No tickets are required.

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