ASEF Young Minds

Jakob Kobal: Harmony of the worlds of music and science

July 05, 2024 | 7:00 pm |

The American Slovenian Educational Foundation, in collaboration with the Student association SILAQ is organizing a popular science lecture on Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be given by Jakob Kobal, a musician, multimedia engineer and ASEF Junior Fellow  2022. The lecture is entitled “Harmony of the worlds of music and science” and will be held at the Šentjošt Cultural Center (Šentjošt nad Horjulom 13, 1354 Horjul).


To attend the lecture, please register by July 5, no later than 6 p.m.


What is the connection between Ravel, a composer and a master of orchestration, and Fourier, one of the most important mathematicians in the “newer” history of science and engineering? How can we make science more interesting for musicians and vice versa? Based on his degree thesis, findings while researching the topic of fundamental frequency recognition in a chord, and on his musical experience, Jakob will try to make sense of a connection between two fields which sometimes sadly end up on completely opposite sides.


Jakob Kobal, a musician and multimedia engineer from Slovenia, studied classical accordion at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana. While pursuing music at the conservatory, he also delved into Multimedia engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Computer and Information Science in Ljubljana. Eager to explore the nexus of music and science, he completed his engineering studies in December 2021, defending his thesis, “Fundamental Frequency Recognition in a Chord,” with the highest possible grade. Part of it involved implementing his own algorithm for chord recognition from a sound recording.

Immediately after graduating, he commenced studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he mainly aims to broaden his musical horizons. Jakob is on a quest to explore the infinite possibilities of the concert accordion across various music genres, including jazz, folk, gypsy, tango, and classical. As a performance major, he is enthusiastic about gaining more experience playing with others, adding a collaborative dimension to his musical journey. Some of his favourite and most notable performances include playing with Marco Pignataro’s septet in Regattabar (a renowned jazz venue), with Boston Civic Symphony and soloist Allison Eldridge in Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, with Formas string quartet, …


ASEF Young Minds is a series of popular science lectures, which encourages young people to present their research work and experience gained within the framework of the ASEF fellowship program in a way that is accessible and understandable to the general public. In the project, ASEF connects with local organizations that operate in the places where the lecturers come from. The aim of cooperation is to connect and integrate young learners into the local Slovenian environment.

ASEF connects and unites Slovenian scientists and academics all over the world.

The SILAQ Student Association has been active since 2002 and organizes several events each year for children, teenagers and adults. The association works to facilitate and promote the activities of young people in the village who gain experience in planning and organizing cultural events, courses, workshops, lectures and other types of events. The activities carried out by the Association bring together the members of the Association as well as the wider community of the local area, thus providing all the villagers with a wide range of activities and active recreational opportunities.

The project is supported by the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth and the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad.

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