Music & Health, with Dr. Neal Barnard

 

This week on Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, I welcome Dr. Neal Barnard, lead guitarist, of CarbonWorks CD, combining classical stylings, with rock timbres and jazz rhythms.

 

 

CarbonWorks music will surprise those who know Barnard as the physician who has authored more than 70 scientific publications and 18 books, whose NIH-funded research revolutionized the nutritional treatment of diabetes, and who is a recognized authority on science and health.

 

 

We talked about the new CD, and the relationship between music and health. At the close of the show we featured the beautiful, engaging, and haunting song: Louder Than Words. Listen to the interview, and the song here. Watch the touching and hearfelt Louder Than Words music video here.


About

CARBONWORKS:

 

 

With a rock backbeat, combined with diverse rhythmic patterns,  the music of CarbonWorks has a breadth and depth that are uncommon in popular music. With delicate melodies, the  over driving rhythms, blues overlying classical strings, and liberal use of non-English lyrics, the songs defy categorization.

 

 

The music springs from the band’s lead guitarist, Neal Barnard, whose unconventional time meters “tilt the song ever so slightly and give you that little jolt between the ears,” as he puts it, and whose sometimes hard-hitting compositions are tempered by lyrics about love and compassion.

 

 

CarbonWorks music will surprise those who know Barnard as the physician who has authored more than 70 scientific publications and 18 books, whose NIH-funded research revolutionized the nutritional treatment of diabetes, and who is a recognized authority on science and health. As founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and a faculty member at the George Washington University School of Medicine, the trailblazing physician has dramatically influenced U.S. nutrition policies, arm-wrestled with the food industry, and worked to replace the use of animals in education and research with kinder methods.

As a child in Fargo, North Dakota, Barnard studied piano, cello, and guitar, and took his love of music with him to Washington, DC, where, as a medical student and resident, he was a fixture in the Washington, DC, music scene. He follows in the tradition of other scientists and physicians—including luminaries like Albert Einstein who played violin with symphony orchestras and Harvard researcher Rudy Tanzi, who played keyboards with Aerosmith—whose scientific innovations are complemented by explorations in music.

In CarbonWorks, Barnard’s collaborators include Naif Hérin from Italy, New Orleans blues legend Chris Thomas King, and a stunning array of talented jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Vietnamese musicians. Listen to the show here. Watch the touching and hearfelt Louder Than Words music video here.