Mathematician/saxoponist Marcus Miller (277810)
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Harvard-trained mathematician and popular jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller teams up with jazz pianist and math professor Rob Schneiderman to unveil the secrets behind successful problem solving at Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), located at 11 East 26th Street across the street from Madison Square Park.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, hosted by Marcus Miller, is a public, after-hours series that explores the fascinating and interconnected relationship between music and math. Along with grooving to cool jazz music, Miller and Schneiderman will discuss and demonstrate how math and music are useful disciplines that train our minds to develop systematic and powerful methods to solve problems that we face in life, including in business, personal relationships, and the arts.

“MoMath is thrilled to invite two brilliant ‘mathemusicians’ to express their passion for mathematics through an interactive discussion and musical performance,” said Cindy Lawrence, executive director and CEO of MoMath. “They bring an inspiring insight to the infinite wonders of jazz and math that everyone deserves to experience—and now they can, at MoMath!”

Miller, a native of New Jersey, is a 31-year-old jazz saxophone player and composer who has been playing professionally since he was 13. He has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club, Carnegie Hall, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and has also gone on tour with various groups playing music across diverse genres including New Orleans hot jazz and indie rock. With the Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon series underway, Miller aims to bring together the creative and technical communities in New York City and establish a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth.

Schneiderman is a professor of mathematics at Lehman College and jazz pianist who received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Schneiderman has performed and toured with popular musicians such as J.J. Johnson, Chet Baker, James Moody, Art Farmer, and Clifford Jordan, including trips to Europe and Japan.

“Rob Schneiderman is a great friend and mentor to me, and it has been a lot of fun to create with him,” said Miller. “He is both an accomplished mathematician and musician who has played with some of the greatest. I’m very excited to work with him, as we continue to bring musicians and mathematicians together in our salon-style programs at MoMath.”

MoMath, located at 11 East 26th Street on the northside of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more information, visit momath.org.