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Since the beginning of LUDWIG we have always been intrigued by the effect of music on the human brain. Why is it that people with dementia can still to connect to music when most other forms of communication seem to deteriorate? And why does music offer solace in times of loss or pain? How and why do we connect to certain types of music more than others? Is it good for very young infants to be exposed to many different styles of music? Lots of questions and as yet not too many answers.

In July 2015 LUDWIG received a grant from the prestigious governmental funding programme The Art of Impact for their pioneering research project LUDWIG and the Brain, exploring the impact of music on the human brain in collaboration with scientist, innovators and healthcare organisations. As a result of LUDWIG and the Brain LUDWIG introduced a series of so-called ‘Brainwaves’: multidisciplinairy events revealing the latest developments in different fields of music-related brain research.

In the Brainwaves LUDWIG explores the world of Music and the Brain in live music symposia to create context, invoke discussion and initiate research. In 2016 we presented Brainwave 1 Music and Identity, in 2017 Brainwave 2 Music as Medicine, in 2018 Brainwave 3 Music and the Future. In 2019 we premiered Brainwave 4: The dancing Brain, a collaboration with Professor Erik Scherder and Cuna Knegt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). This programme is currently being rolled out all over The Netherlands to inspire people to start moving and dance to the favorite tunes of LUDWIG’s Ballroom Band. A cd with LUDWIG’s Ballroom Band with special guests Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Lucienne Renaudin-Vary (trumpet) and Jess Gillam (saxophone) will be released in the autumn of 2020.