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Music Night - Creative Processes in Art and Science

Thursday 23 May 2024
LUMC (Main Building, Route 537)
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden

Information about the event

A piano recital with a panel discussion on creativity and parallels between art and science

Join us for an enlightening evening of music and conversation as we present a unique event that seamlessly blends the worlds of arts and sciences. Dr. Cynthia Liem, accomplished pianist and Associate Professor at TU Delft, will grace us with a captivating piano recital, showcasing her exceptional talent and passion for music.
Following the recital, we will delve into a thought-provoking panel discussion, where Dr. Liem will share insights into the parallels between the creative processes in both arts and sciences. Through her personal journey as a musician and a scientist, we will explore the challenges faced by individuals navigating these diverse fields.
From overcoming creative blocks to pushing the boundaries of innovation, we will examine what scientists and artists can learn from each other. Through lively discourse and shared experiences, we aim to uncover the rich tapestry of connections that exist between these domains.


6:00-6:30 Arrival with drinks

6:30-7:15 Music program

- Bach-Busoni - Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (8:30)

- Mendelssohn-Liszt - Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (3:30)

- Fazıl Say - Black Earth (Kara Toprak) op. 8 (6:30)

- Bach - Cello Sonata in G BWV 1007 part 1 (3:30)

- Giacinto Scelsi - Ixor II (3:30)

- Eric Dolphy - God Save the Child (7:00)

7:15-8:00 Panel discussion with Cynthia Liem, Jonty Coy, and Bram Boesschen Hospers (moderator) 



Cynthia Liem

Dr Cynthia C. S. Liem MMus is an Associate Professor in the Multimedia Computing Group of Delft University of Technology, and pianist of the Magma Duo. Her research interests are in trustworthy and responsible AI; here, she especially focuses on techniques that make people discover new interests and content which would not trivially be retrieved, and questions of validation and validity in data-driven decision-making.

After starting in music information retrieval, today, her research considers broader public-interest domains with high societal impact. She initiated and co-coordinated multiple European research projects on technological enrichment of digital musical heritage, and gained industrial experience at Bell Labs Netherlands, Philips Research and Google. Cynthia received recognition through multiple awards (Lucent Global Science and Google Anita Borg Europe Memorial scholarships, Google European Doctoral Fellowship, finalist of the New Scientist Science Talent Award, Researcher-in-Residence at the National Library of The Netherlands, Women in AI Diversity Leader Award), is a member of the Dutch national Young Academy, and still performs as a musician.

With her track record in inter- and transdisciplinary collaborative research and public engagement, she became a sought-after educator and communicator. Presently, she is a core team member of TU Delft | The Hague, seeking to better connect engineering expertise to policymaking, while also frequently engaging in public engagement on societal impact. In this, she e.g. was the first technical public commentator in the Trouw newspaper on the risk modeling algorithm of the Dutch child care benefit scandal (‘toeslagenaffaire’), has been collaborating on similar stories with various investigative journalism platforms, but also has been working with institutions themselves to develop more inclusive policies (e.g. as independent overseer of DUO’s internal investigation of possible algorithmic discrimination).


Bram Boesschen Hospers

Bram Boesschen Hospers studied Classical Clarinet and Bass Clarinet at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. His main interest is contemporary music. He played as soloist in Stockhausen’s opera cycle LICHT and more recently in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face. He has played in several ensembles and orchestras like ASKO|Schönberg, Phion, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, DoelenEnsemble and De Ereprijs. 

Besides his musical career he studied Ancient History at Leiden University. His research interest lies in performance studies: more specifically, the idea of reperformance of texts in changing contexts. His master thesis was about the practice of traveling sophists in the second century CE and the tension between the spoken and written word. Linked to that is his interest in unknown repertoire for wind bands.

Bram works at the Science Teacher Support Desk (SEEDS) at Leiden University, where he advises teachers in the use of digital tools for their education. Besides that he is the chair of Jong Universiteit Leiden, a network for young staff that organizes collaborative, knowledge-sharing and fun events in order to get more out of work at Leiden University. 

Registration and other information

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required as there are only limited spaces available. 

Please register via this form.

You can find information about directions and parking here.

For questions, you can contact: Ahmed Mahfouz (a.mahfouz@lumc.nl) & Nina Biezeno (n.f.j.biezeno@sea.leidenuniv.nl)


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