An Electrifying Start.

The second season of the Salk Science & Music series kicked off with an electrifying start in November with two sold out concerts. The series features performances by some of the hottest established and emerging classical and jazz musicians, along with riveting talks by Salk’s world-renowned scientists.

The first recital in the series featured 27-year-old jazz pianist virtuoso Eldar Djangirov accompanied by bandmates, Armando Gola and Ludwig Afonso. The trio performed for a packed house, playing both standards and originals. Salk Professor and Laboratory Head, Terry Sejnowski, a pioneer in the field of computational neuroscience, gave a short talk on his latest discoveries.

In December, concert pianist Karen Joy Davis, executive producer of the series, performed a duo piano concert with Naomi Kudo. The pair opened with a beautiful rendition of Sonata for two Pianos and concluded with a holiday favorite, Nutcracker Suite. Tom Albright, director of Salk’s Center for the Neurobiology of Vision gave a talk about his latest research on the brain.

Four performances remain in the series including Italian pianist Giuseppe Mentuccia, pianist Sean Chen, pianist Ching-Yun Hu and concluding in June with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a jazz group.

The Salk Science & Music Series grew from an idea by Salk president William R. Brody and Davis who envisioned a continuation of the Salk tradition of combining science and art in imaginative ways. Observing the many parallels between art and science, they knew that attracting music lovers to the Salk would naturally tie in with the creative approaches scientists employ in their research.

“The combination of science and music is in keeping with Jonas Salk’s original vision for the Institute, which is to merge science and art,” Brody explains.

For a complete schedule of performances in the series and information about tickets, please visit or call (858) 453-4100, ext.1405.