Two Washington State University departments are collaborating on an experience to have more sensory impact on a live audience. César Haas, instructor of guitar and jazz studies at the School of Music, and Carolyn Ross, professor of sensory science from the School of Food Science, have developed a sensory performance experience combining music and scent.

Cesar Haas.

“Synesthesia: Sounds and Scents of Brazil” will feature original music and arrangements of jazz and Brazilian music by Haas, a Brazilian guitarist. For each composition performed, aroma packets developed by 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 (saxaphone), Christian Kim (piano), Christiano Rodrigues (violin), Darryl Singleton (percussion), Dave Bjur (bass), Dave Turnbull (trumpet), and Ruth Boden (cello).

The concert will take place in the Kimbrough Concert Hall on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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