Nolan Gasser

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A renowned composer, pianist, musicologist, and tech entrepreneur, Dr. Nolan Gasser has had a front-row seat on both sides of the entertainment business. As a composer, his works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and opera houses / theaters around the world. As a musicologist, his book, Why You Like It has become the definitive work on musical taste. As co-creator of Pandora Radio and now the founder of Katch — a cutting-edge film/TV data analytics firm, he has overseen revolutions in both the music and media sectors. Now, Dr. Gasser brings his unique experience and creativity to arts-based and corporate audiences with a set of stimulating and insightful lectures — on why we love music, how music increases productivity, and the data revolution in entertainment. Music is a universal in our lives — a source of joy, social bonding, and physical & emotional wellness; it is a window into who we are as individuals and collectives. Learn why in these stimulating lectures.

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Nolan’s presentation was entertaining, compelling, and insightful. Out of a list of 30 speakers that included Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Dave Barry, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, only Condoleezza Rice got more votes than Nolan for "best speaker"! He always has an opening invitation to present at the Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival.

Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival

Nolan’s lecture was a home run! We had a packed house and everyone was both educated and entertained. I’ve never had more attendees come up to me afterward and say how much they enjoyed a lecture. He delivered a complicated subject matter—the science of our musical tastes—in an accessible and entertaining style. His mix of visual graphics, humor, and his exceptional skills as a pianist left the audience enthralled.

Linda Hall Library (Kansas City), Modern Inventions Lecture Series

I enthusiastically recommend Nolan Gasser without hesitation as an extremely engaging and entertaining speaker. Remarks I heard from attendees after his performance included: "Fascinating that the parallels to our world are so strong!", "Gasser’s approach is so akin to our way of analyzing problems", and "Loved his live examples of similar themes across very different musicians. Although obvious when he pointed them out, I never recognized them before on my own!"; The audience was so stimulated by Nolan’s presentation precisely because his stories and descriptions seemed so eerily familiar – although placed in an entirely new context. Long after Nolan’s presentation, many conversations continued to gravitate back to his points. Attendees were fascinated that they had found a kindred soul in an apparently unrelated field.

CQA Conference, Wynn Las Vegas