Rhythm lies at the heart of our lives. With this fact top of mind, the five laureates of the 2018 Killam Prize have boldly crossed the boundaries of their disciplines by initiating an innovative interdisciplinary project on rhythm in an attempt to bring together all its facets and to deploy its full wealth as a topic of study.

Understanding rhythm, viewed at one and the same time organically, mechanically, artistically and technologically, generates a profound need and desire to join perspectives, as seen in the group of researchers involved in the Killam Initiative on Rhythm, which devoted to this unifying, innovative and demanding topic.