SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) July 23, 2013 -- Two of today’s most revolutionary and dynamic performing artists will be featured at Being Human 2013 taking place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Francisco’s newly renovated Nourse Theater. Live performances by dubstep sensation Marquese Scott and improvisational piano pioneer ELEW (Eric Lewis) will enhance the day of explorations and insights from preeminent neuroscientists, researchers and authors into a deeper understanding of human emotions, ethics, biology and evolution.
Presented by the Baumann Foundation and sponsored by KQED, the Long Now Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation, the second annual Being Human event will examine what it means to be human from a variety of scientific, philosophical and evolutionary perspectives. The program will include presentations and conversations on The Biology & Psychology of Ethical Behavior, Human Emotions, Love & Sex, and The Future of Being Human.
“These two thought-provoking and emotionally stirring performers will underscore the wonder and discovery that is an intrinsic part of the human experience,” said Peter Baumann, Founder of the Baumann Foundation and BeingHuman.org. “Science and philosophy, music and dance—they are all mysterious and joyful expressions of what it means to be human.”
Being Human.org and the Being Human 2013 event are the brainchild of Peter Baumann and the Baumann Foundation. Originally from Berlin, Baumann himself has a rich background in music and performance. In 1971 he joined Tangerine Dream, the hugely influential German music group, which played a pivotal role in the development of electronic dance music and the emerging New Age Music genre. He toured with the band worldwide and recorded multiple Gold records until 1981, and went on to found Private Music, the Grammy-winning record company later sold to RCA in 1994. Subsequently, Baumann has focused on the exploration of human nature and quality of life from a philosophical, conceptual and experiential perspective, co-authoring the book EGO: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity with Michael Taft. He serves on the board of the California Institute of Integrative Studies and is a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.
Featured performer Eric Lewis is the piano iconoclast known as ELEW. A modern day composer, pop artist and musical revolutionary, he is making dynamic reverberations in the music world with his unique ‘Rockjazz’ style of music (an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop) and his explosively physical style of playing. He stands (not sits) and plays his piano like an athlete plays a sport—going inside the instrument, plucking directly at the strings, and testing the limits of both his body and his mind. In 1999 ELEW won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition where his exhilarating piano theatrics hinted at this new musical paradigm. He has recorded and performed around the world with such legends as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson among others.
Featured dancer and mesmerizing YouTube sensation, Marquese Scott found his undeniable passion for dance early in life. Following service in United States Navy, he became conscious that his next step was to perfect his art of dance by imitating the flow of nature and matter. Scott became known around the world with his breakthrough performance “Pumped Up Kicks Dubstep” which has been viewed on YouTube over 90 million times. Described by CBS News as, “simply mind-blowing,” TV host Ellen DeGeneres deemed his performance “incredible” and Gather named it the “best dubstep ever seen or performed by anyone–period.”
Tickets to Being Human 2013 and more information on these performers and featured speakers are available at http://www.beinghuman.org/2013.
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ABOUT BEING HUMAN & THE BAUMANN FOUNDATION
Being Human is an initiative of The Baumann Foundation that fosters an ongoing exploration into the nature of human experience from evolutionary, scientific and philosophical perspectives. By creating environments for learning, connection and conversation, including public and private events, publications and a website, Being Human invites all people to discover a deeper understanding of our human nature. For more information please visit http://www.beinghuman.org/ and http://www.thebaumannfoundation.org/.
Kevin Sanchez, Hollenbeck Associates, 4158103699, [email protected]