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Nolan Gasser, Ph.D

Composer and Chief Musical Architect of the Music Genome Project

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Nolan Gasser, Ph.D Biography

Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist – most notably, the architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project. His original works have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena), among many others. Key current projects include an opera, The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (premiered March 1, 2013), a musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with H2H Productions and MGM On Stage, and a forthcoming book on the interrelation of music and science.

Among recent composition triumphs, his opera, The Secret Garden, held five sold-out performances at the 2000-seat Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA; the production – which received rave reviews, notably by the esteemed music critic Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle – will next move to Houston Grand Opera, where it will be filmed for a future Naxos-released blu-ray DVD, followed by a string of other performances; his Sonoma Overture was premiered to glowing reviews at the opening of the new Green Music Center in Sonoma County, CA; his Cosmic Reflection: A Narrated Symphony – the second commission associated with NASA’s Fermi mission (depicting the entire history of the Universe) received its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (later this year, Naxos Records will release a CD of Cosmic Reflection recorded by the Baltimore Symphony, under Marin Alsop, paired withSonoma Overture recorded by the Santa Rosa Symphony, under Bruno Ferrandis); his World Concerto for Cello and Orchestra received its premiere in Oakland and San Francisco in performances by famed Israeli cellist Maya Beiser, and a trio of international soloists on the erhu, sarangi, and oud, along with the Oakland Symphony under Maestro Michael Morgan (forthcoming performances scheduled by several orchestras); the complete four-movement symphonic oratorio,American Festivals, was performed at IMG Artists’ 2008 Festival del sole in Napa Valley; hisGLAST Prelude, written for the 2008 launch of NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope – recorded by the American Brass Quintet, and featuring video by NASA Goddard – became an Internet sensation, with over 150,000 views on YouTube.

Outside of composition, Dr. Gasser is the chief musical architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind Pandora Radio – now with over 100 million subscribers in the US alone. He lectures widely at various public and private forums on the nature of musical taste and the intersection of music and science. Dr. Gasser is also the Artistic Director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University, where he has been an Adjunct Professor in Medieval–Renaissance Music History. As a pianist, Dr. Gasser performs and records as a soloist, with his own jazz quartet – the San Francisco Jazz Quartet, and with such marquee artist as Steve Miller. He studied composition in Paris (and Fontainebleau) with Betsy Jolas, Gilbert Amy, and Tristan Murail; at NYU with Todd Brief and Menachem Zur; and at CSU, Northridge with Aurelio de la Vega. He lives with his wife and two children in Petaluma, CA.

Speaking Topics
  • The Genetics of Musical Taste

    Nolan brings his experience developing the Music Genome Project for Pandora Radio, along with years of studying the relationship between music and various realms of science • neuroscience, genetics, physics, cell biology, etc. • to unravel the nature of musical taste: what makes us love the music we do, and how can we use this knowledge to improve our lives? With humor, visuals, and plenty of musical examples (performed live, if practical), this lecture is always a huge hit with audiences • regardless of their focus or musical background. Everyone loves music • and this lecture explains why!

  • Music, Science, and the Art of Living

    This lecture dives into rich and fascinating detail regarding the relationship between music and various realms of science (mathematics, physics, genetics, neuroscience, biology), explaining the origins of musical sound, the relationship of musical structures to constructs of nature, and the connection between music and our own anatomy and evolution. The latter topic leads to a deeper understanding of music's power over us, and how "living with music" in an engaged manner is an ideal recipe for leading a fuller, more productive life.

    Speculum mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Nolan here provides an entertaining and eye-opening look at the whole of Western music • from Ancient Greece to the present • as a reflection of the cultural, social, and intellectual world in which it was created. With compelling graphics, rich anecdotes, humor, and lots of great music, this lecture brings clarity to the broad movements of history • from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern, and Post-Modern eras • in a way that will delight and surprise. You'll never hear a Beethoven symphony, a Bach cantata, or a song by the Beatles the same way again.

  • Cosmic Reflection: Musical Depictions of Cosmology and Physics

    In this lecture, Nolan takes the audience through a fascinating tour of how composers and musicians have turned to topics of cosmology, astronomy, and physics to inspire and inform their musical works. From the music of Ancient Greece and Gregorian chant to Gustav Holst's "The Planets" to works of the 21st century (including Nolan's own "Cosmic Reflection" symphony), this talk reveals how the "music of the spheres" has helped shape the evolution of musical thought and discourse through the ages.

  • Custom Lectures

    Custom lectures available per request on any musical topic • Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Broadway, Hip hop, Electronica, World etc.: historical, cultural, musicological, etc.

    • Speculum mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Nolan here provides an entertaining and eye-opening look at the whole of Western music • from Ancient Greece to the present • as a reflection of the cultural, social, and intellectual world in which it was created. With compelling graphics, rich anecdotes, humor, and lots of great music, this lecture brings clarity to the broad movements of history • from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern, and Post-Modern eras • in a way that will delight and surprise. You'll never hear a Beethoven symphony, a Bach cantata, or a song by the Beatles the same way again.

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Composer and Chief Musical Architect of the Music Genome Project

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Nolan Gasser, Ph.D Biography

Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist – most notably, the architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project. His original works have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena), among many others. Key current projects include an opera, The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (premiered March 1, 2013), a musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with H2H Productions and MGM On Stage, and a forthcoming book on the interrelation of music and science.

Among recent composition triumphs, his opera, The Secret Garden, held five sold-out performances at the 2000-seat Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA; the production – which received rave reviews, notably by the esteemed music critic Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle – will next move to Houston Grand Opera, where it will be filmed for a future Naxos-released blu-ray DVD, followed by a string of other performances; his Sonoma Overture was premiered to glowing reviews at the opening of the new Green Music Center in Sonoma County, CA; his Cosmic Reflection: A Narrated Symphony – the second commission associated with NASA’s Fermi mission (depicting the entire history of the Universe) received its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (later this year, Naxos Records will release a CD of Cosmic Reflection recorded by the Baltimore Symphony, under Marin Alsop, paired withSonoma Overture recorded by the Santa Rosa Symphony, under Bruno Ferrandis); his World Concerto for Cello and Orchestra received its premiere in Oakland and San Francisco in performances by famed Israeli cellist Maya Beiser, and a trio of international soloists on the erhu, sarangi, and oud, along with the Oakland Symphony under Maestro Michael Morgan (forthcoming performances scheduled by several orchestras); the complete four-movement symphonic oratorio,American Festivals, was performed at IMG Artists’ 2008 Festival del sole in Napa Valley; hisGLAST Prelude, written for the 2008 launch of NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope – recorded by the American Brass Quintet, and featuring video by NASA Goddard – became an Internet sensation, with over 150,000 views on YouTube.

Outside of composition, Dr. Gasser is the chief musical architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind Pandora Radio – now with over 100 million subscribers in the US alone. He lectures widely at various public and private forums on the nature of musical taste and the intersection of music and science. Dr. Gasser is also the Artistic Director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University, where he has been an Adjunct Professor in Medieval–Renaissance Music History. As a pianist, Dr. Gasser performs and records as a soloist, with his own jazz quartet – the San Francisco Jazz Quartet, and with such marquee artist as Steve Miller. He studied composition in Paris (and Fontainebleau) with Betsy Jolas, Gilbert Amy, and Tristan Murail; at NYU with Todd Brief and Menachem Zur; and at CSU, Northridge with Aurelio de la Vega. He lives with his wife and two children in Petaluma, CA.

Nolan Gasser, Ph.D Speaking Topics

  • The Genetics of Musical Taste

    Nolan brings his experience developing the Music Genome Project for Pandora Radio, along with years of studying the relationship between music and various realms of science • neuroscience, genetics, physics, cell biology, etc. • to unravel the nature of musical taste: what makes us love the music we do, and how can we use this knowledge to improve our lives? With humor, visuals, and plenty of musical examples (performed live, if practical), this lecture is always a huge hit with audiences • regardless of their focus or musical background. Everyone loves music • and this lecture explains why!

  • Music, Science, and the Art of Living

    This lecture dives into rich and fascinating detail regarding the relationship between music and various realms of science (mathematics, physics, genetics, neuroscience, biology), explaining the origins of musical sound, the relationship of musical structures to constructs of nature, and the connection between music and our own anatomy and evolution. The latter topic leads to a deeper understanding of music's power over us, and how "living with music" in an engaged manner is an ideal recipe for leading a fuller, more productive life.

    Speculum mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Nolan here provides an entertaining and eye-opening look at the whole of Western music • from Ancient Greece to the present • as a reflection of the cultural, social, and intellectual world in which it was created. With compelling graphics, rich anecdotes, humor, and lots of great music, this lecture brings clarity to the broad movements of history • from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern, and Post-Modern eras • in a way that will delight and surprise. You'll never hear a Beethoven symphony, a Bach cantata, or a song by the Beatles the same way again.

  • Cosmic Reflection: Musical Depictions of Cosmology and Physics

    In this lecture, Nolan takes the audience through a fascinating tour of how composers and musicians have turned to topics of cosmology, astronomy, and physics to inspire and inform their musical works. From the music of Ancient Greece and Gregorian chant to Gustav Holst's "The Planets" to works of the 21st century (including Nolan's own "Cosmic Reflection" symphony), this talk reveals how the "music of the spheres" has helped shape the evolution of musical thought and discourse through the ages.

  • Custom Lectures

    Custom lectures available per request on any musical topic • Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Broadway, Hip hop, Electronica, World etc.: historical, cultural, musicological, etc.

    • Speculum mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Nolan here provides an entertaining and eye-opening look at the whole of Western music • from Ancient Greece to the present • as a reflection of the cultural, social, and intellectual world in which it was created. With compelling graphics, rich anecdotes, humor, and lots of great music, this lecture brings clarity to the broad movements of history • from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern, and Post-Modern eras • in a way that will delight and surprise. You'll never hear a Beethoven symphony, a Bach cantata, or a song by the Beatles the same way again.

FAQs on booking Nolan Gasser, Ph.D

  • How to book Nolan Gasser, Ph.D?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nolan Gasser, Ph.D for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Nolan Gasser, Ph.D, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nolan Gasser, Ph.D or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nolan Gasser, Ph.D?

    Booking fees for Nolan Gasser, Ph.D, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nolan Gasser, Ph.D, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nolan Gasser, Ph.D?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nolan Gasser, Ph.D for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nolan Gasser, Ph.D for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nolan Gasser, Ph.D or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nolan Gasser, Ph.D or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nolan Gasser, Ph.D is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Genetics of Musical Taste, Music, Science, and the Art of Living, Cosmic Reflection: Musical Depictions of Cosmology and Physics and Custom Lectures. The estimated speaking fee range to book Nolan Gasser, Ph.D for your event is available upon request. Nolan Gasser, Ph.D generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Trent Reznor, Joe Trapanese, Christopher Jackson, Terri Lyne Carrington and Terence Blanchard. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nolan Gasser, Ph.D for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Nolan Gasser, Ph.D Speaking Topics

  • The Genetics of Musical Taste

    Nolan brings his experience developing the Music Genome Project for Pandora Radio, along with years of studying the relationship between music and various realms of science • neuroscience, genetics, physics, cell biology, etc. • to unravel the nature of musical taste: what makes us love the music we do, and how can we use this knowledge to improve our lives? With humor, visuals, and plenty of musical examples (performed live, if practical), this lecture is always a huge hit with audiences • regardless of their focus or musical background. Everyone loves music • and this lecture explains why!

  • Music, Science, and the Art of Living

    This lecture dives into rich and fascinating detail regarding the relationship between music and various realms of science (mathematics, physics, genetics, neuroscience, biology), explaining the origins of musical sound, the relationship of musical structures to constructs of nature, and the connection between music and our own anatomy and evolution. The latter topic leads to a deeper understanding of music's power over us, and how "living with music" in an engaged manner is an ideal recipe for leading a fuller, more productive life.

    Speculum mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Nolan here provides an entertaining and eye-opening look at the whole of Western music • from Ancient Greece to the present • as a reflection of the cultural, social, and intellectual world in which it was created. With compelling graphics, rich anecdotes, humor, and lots of great music, this lecture brings clarity to the broad movements of history • from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern, and Post-Modern eras • in a way that will delight and surprise. You'll never hear a Beethoven symphony, a Bach cantata, or a song by the Beatles the same way again.

  • Cosmic Reflection: Musical Depictions of Cosmology and Physics

    In this lecture, Nolan takes the audience through a fascinating tour of how composers and musicians have turned to topics of cosmology, astronomy, and physics to inspire and inform their musical works. From the music of Ancient Greece and Gregorian chant to Gustav Holst's "The Planets" to works of the 21st century (including Nolan's own "Cosmic Reflection" symphony), this talk reveals how the "music of the spheres" has helped shape the evolution of musical thought and discourse through the ages.

  • Custom Lectures

    Custom lectures available per request on any musical topic • Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Broadway, Hip hop, Electronica, World etc.: historical, cultural, musicological, etc.

    • Speculum mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Nolan here provides an entertaining and eye-opening look at the whole of Western music • from Ancient Greece to the present • as a reflection of the cultural, social, and intellectual world in which it was created. With compelling graphics, rich anecdotes, humor, and lots of great music, this lecture brings clarity to the broad movements of history • from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern, and Post-Modern eras • in a way that will delight and surprise. You'll never hear a Beethoven symphony, a Bach cantata, or a song by the Beatles the same way again.

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