Bringing you more Nerd Nite Kyushu in 2024, this time we’re coming to you from the Penguin, under the theme of Listen. So join us for a night of listening to nerdy talks and even nerdy-er people!

April 20th (Sat) 18:00~



Why we should listen
By Daryl Jamieson

Description of talk: Almost everyone can hear all of the time – we can’t close our ears like we can close our eyes – but how often do we listen with intent to the world around us – the non-human and non-musical sounds which most of us filter out? Drawing on Japanese aesthetics and ontology, in this talk I will explain why I think we should all be actively listening more – both for ethical reasons, but also for enjoyment.

Daryl Jamieson is an assistant professor of composition at Kyushu University. In 2018, he received the Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Prize for the third of his Vanitas music-theatre trilogy. He composes for both Japanese and western instruments, for concert halls and site-specific environmental work, and his music reflects his study of nō theatre and Japanese philosophy. Recent works have extensively incorporated field recordings and video elements. He is active as a researcher, and co-founded the intercultural music theatre company ‘atelier jaku’. 

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On Language “Learning” and Achieving Fluency
By Karl Bahceci

Whether we are from Japan or not, chances are many of us in this room are having to deal with a language that we are not a native speaker of. In my talk I want to discuss the idea of `fluency`, and perhaps some misconceptions we have of language in a practical sense. What are some crucial properties of our natural languages that we can keep in mind as we learn new ones? This will not be a technical discussion but one based largely on self-reflection.

Karl is a lover of food, metaphysics, language learning, and very heavy music. Originally from New York City, he attended university at Boston College where he attained both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in philosophy, with an emphasis on Heraclitus and metaphysics more generally. he is currently employed at the Fukuoka City Hall and Fukuoka City Convention Bureau as a CIR (coordinator for international relations) where he works to promote the city to the rest of the world.

An Exploration of Unique Rhythmic Moments in Classical Music
by Jay Underwood

In this talk, we will explore a range of exciting, curious, and distinct rhythmic phrases from within the Classical Music repertoire. The presentation will showcase several famous works from various eras along with commentary and personal insights. Through understanding and critical listening we might come away with a better appreciation of this small corner of the Classical Music world.

Jay Underwood is a teacher, published game/RPG designer, and music composer living in Fukuoka, Japan. He has a passion for story-telling, modern classical music, contemporary art, literature, and ConSim gaming. Currently, Jay Underwood is working as an adjunct professor at several local universities while pursuing his academic interests in game-based learning and continuing to search more artistic opportunities within the arts.