Music of Life: A live performance by Marianna & Stephanie Kapsetaki

Pianists, science PhD students and twin sisters Marianna and Stephanie Kapsetaki stand in front of a white grand piano

International pianists, science PhD students and twin sisters Marianna and Stephanie Kapsetaki present 'Music of Life' - a multimedia experience made up of silent documentaries supported by a live classical piano performance.

International pianists, science PhD students and twin sisters Marianna and Stephanie Kapsetaki present 'Music of Life' - a multimedia experience made up of silent  documentaries supported by a live classical piano performance that together highlight advances in evolutionary biology.

In a world of Darwinian survival of the fittest, why do organisms cooperate? In evolution, only one thing counts: gene copies. Co-operators may have fewer offspring but, as a result of providing help to their family, they may leave many more nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. This is termed "kin selection".

Kin selection and cooperation among non-relatives are important in the Major Evolutionary Transitions in individuality where previously independent units become capable of replicating only as part of a whole group. Cooperative behaviours lead to this complexity and prevent us from evolving back to the primordial soup.

Welcome to the world of Major Evolutionary Transitions in individuality!