Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Faculty Artist Series: Cesar Haas, guitar

This event will occur in Kimbrough Concert Hall.
Watch Live

About the event



Synesthesia: sounds and scents of Brazil

In a collaboration between two apparently unlikely departments from Washington State University, César Haas, professor of guitar and jazz studies at the School of Music, and Carolyn Ross, sensory scientist from the School of Food Science, have come up with a sensory performance experience combining music and scent. This collaboration was instigated by the new Director of the School of Music, Keri McCarthy, in an effort to increase interaction of the School of Music with different units across the university.

The program will feature original music and arrangements of jazz and Brazilian music by Brazilian guitarist César Haas, and for each composition performed, aroma packets developed by Professor Carolyn Ross will elicit a sense of place for listening to the song, while other aromas connect more with the song itself.

The performance will also feature jazz vocalist Michalangela, along with WSU professors Austin Cebulske (sax), Christian Kim (piano), Christiano Rodrigues (violin), Darryl Singleton (percussion), Dave Bjur (bass), Dave Turnbull (trumpet), and Ruth Boden (cello).

Aromas are associated with memory and emotion, just like music. Music and scent make us travel to the past sometimes, instigating memories from people, places, and moments of our lives. Come and enjoy an evening combining these two wonderful sensory experiences!

The concert will take place in Kimbrough Concert Hall on Friday, October 14th 2022 at 7:30pm.