Entering its second season, Series 10dB is the in-house concert series of the LIVELab at McMaster University. This one-of-a-kind music research facility hosts ground-breaking research and dozens of events throughout the year. Series 10dB is your opportunity to experience music and science in the LIVELab.
Based on survey feedback from last years ticket buyers, we're adding more science and interaction to this year's concerts – but still bringing you some of the finest musicians in the region in classical, jazz, hip-hop, traditional and experimental music. In addition to the incredible musicians and ensembles presented we'll also be highlighting a researcher at each concert. The researcher will connect their work to the music and musicians, the LIVELab's unique technology, and real-world applications.
Due to the incredible response last year we've also added a second showing of each concert. The LIVELab is an intimate 100-seat venue - so more performances is the only way to grow. This also means we commit more support to each artist so they can create a unique work just for this series.
Each night will include light snacks and a cash bar at intermission.
All concerts take place in the LIVELab.
Series 10dB 2016/17 Season
December 1, 2, 2016 Doors 7:00 PM, Show 7:30 PM
With a history stretching back to 1974, CCMC today comprises original member Michael Snow, plus John Oswald, John Kamevaar, and Paul Dutton. Described as having "surpassed all other hybrid improvisational groups,” the band focuses on music that is improvised and fluid, exploring a wide range of instrumentation and styles. Past performances have spanned the globe and the group is considered by many to be the founder of free music in Canada. Presented in partnership with Strange Waves Music & Art Festival.
February 2, 3, 2017 Doors 7:00 PM, Show 7:30 PM
A graduate of the Mohawk College Music Program, the York University Jazz Performance Program, and Banff Centre of the Arts Jazz Workshops, Adrean is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Larry Carlton, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat Labarbera. Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman.
March 2, 3, 2017 Doors 7:00 PM, Show 7:30 PM
Illitry was formed in 2011 as an outlet for Troy Witherow to experiment with performing electronic music. Since then, Troy has performed in NYC, Detroit, the Maritimes Quebec and Ontario, released music via Noisey/VICE, collaborated with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and won the "Emerging Artist Award" for the music category at the City of Hamilton Art Awards. Troy is currently working on a new batch of tunes to be released in March 2017.
Cam Hill (Water Drum) & Chase (Hip-Hop)
April 6, 7, 2017 Doors 7:00 PM, Show 7:30 PM
Presented in partnership with Thru the Red Door, a Six Nations based recording studio, this concert will feature two artists from their community. Cam Nolan is a recognized Cayuga Nation performer specializing in traditional songs and drum. Chase (aka Chllly) is an up and coming Mohawk hip-hop artist who has opened for Tribe Called Red, who called him "one of the best hip hop artists" to join the scene. This concert will explore the relationship between traditional and contemporary First Nations music and it's role in preserving and sharing their culture through music.