Series 10dB


Concert Series

Entering its third 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 some concerts. 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 2017/2018 Season


Rufus Cappadocia/Darcy Hepner Duo

October 13, 2017

As two old friends whose traditional musical paths had diverged 30 years earlier, cellist Rufus Cappadocia and saxophonist Darcy Hepner came together to perform for the first time as a duo in the spring of 2015. Drawing from their unique and eclectic backgrounds and experiences in classical, jazz, and contemporary idioms, various world music influences informed by a strong sense of composition and improvisation, they create music steeped in adventure, meditation and inspiration.

“Unique and magical.”

“Improvisations in the spaces of world music that take listeners along musical pathways never before experienced.”

  Enhancing Music for People with Hearing Loss
Keynote Talk by Dr. Larry Roberts ft. Madawaska String Quartet

November 17 & 18, 2017

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An integrated lecture by Dr. Larry Roberts, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, featuring musical illustrations by the Madawaska Quartet on music for people with hearing impairment.

Dr. Larry Roberts

Dr. Roberts received his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1965 and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University.  His research with colleagues Antoine Shahin, Laurel Trainor, and Daniel Bosnyak on how music training alters brain activity in professional musicians and in children enrolled in Suzuki music programs has been reported by the CBC, ABC, CNN, and Bloomberg Radio Networks, by the Globe and Mail, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Hamilton Spectator, and the New York Times.   In 2002 Roberts organized a consortium of five laboratories in Canada and two abroad to investigate the neural basis of tinnitus and in November 2010 headed up a symposium on the topic at the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, California.  Roberts has held Guest Professorships at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and the Humboldt University (Berlin) funded by the Deutsche Forchungsgemeinschaft and has been a faculty member in the Summer Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College (USA).  From 2003-2008 he directed the MEG laboratory of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in Vancouver B.C. (affiliated with Simon Fraser University) while continuing to direct his laboratory at McMaster.  His research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the American Tinnitus Association, and the Tinnitus Research Initiative.

Madawaska Quartet

Hailed for their “astonishing talent” (Musicworks Magazine), the Madawaska Quartet has appeared with artists such as Sopranos Adrianne Pieczonka and Measha Brueggergosman, pianists Jan Lisiecki, Arthur Rowe and Leslie Kinton, singer/songwriter Bob Wiseman, and dancer/choreographer Julia Aplin.  They have performed in such major international festivals as the Festival Iberoamericano in Puerto Rico, the Festival of the Sound, The Elora Festival, Caledon Chamber Concerts, the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, New Music North, and the “Music at Port Milford” International Chamber Music Festival.

The Madawaska Quartet has worked as chamber music faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, also performing as part of its “Great Artist Series.” In 2014-2016 they were Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto Music Faculty (Scarborough). The MSQ has given workshops for students and emerging composers at the University of Toronto, York University, the Array New Music Centre, the Composers’ Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop.”

  Terra Lightfoot

January 12 & 13, 2018

This concert is general admission, standing only. 


“A Canadian songwriting legend in the making” – CBC Music

“Lightfoot’s most accomplished music yet” – PopMatters

“Perfectly suited for stadium-sized crowds” – Exclaim!

With her bold new album New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing. From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball King” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence. Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band — Maury LaFoy (bass), Joel Haynes (drums) and Jeff Heisholt (keyboards) — the session impresses on all counts. It’s Lightfoot’s hungriest and most raw album to date, and she will be supporting it with worldwide touring in 2017-2018.

The LIVELab is pleased to welcome Terra Lightfoot and her band for two live shows on January 12 and 13, 2018.  In a special collaboration, Terra will be joined by instrumentalists from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

  Adi Braun

April 13 & 14, 2018


In her live performance, in support of Moderne Frau, Braun pays tribute to the women of Weimar Berlin during the latter part of the interwar period between German’s defeat in World War I in 1918 and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, when arts and sciences flourished in the Weimar Republic. It was fertile ground for intellectuals, artists, and innovators from many fields. The social environment was chaotic, politics were passionate, and the cabaret scene was decadent. Women had a strong presence in the cabaret scene, performing songs of protest, prostitution, and everyday life, in the clubs. Even the sensational American entertainer and activist Josephine Baker who devoted much of her life to fighting racism – to whom Braun pays tribute in her song Josephine – made frequent visits to perform at cabaret clubs in Berlin during this period.

   Diana Panton

May 5, 2018


If the expression “the art of interpretation” has ever applied, then it does here. Expressiveness, paired with a voice that is nuanced with top-notch jazz inflections, gives us a vocalist that ranks among the greatest young chanteuses of our time. -Volker Doberstein, tonart magazine, Germany

Solstice/equinox is an exquisitely cra­fted jewel of an album whose multiple facets enchant the listener. As Diana’s pristine voice lures us to follow her through the changing seasons, she takes us on a journey through time and space echoing both the ephemeral and enduring qualities of the cycles of love and life.  For this special concert, Diana will be showcasing songs from her new album set in the ambient setting of McMaster’s very special LIVELab with enhanced visual and sonic effects.  Joining her will be some of Canada’s greatest jazz musicians, including Reg Schwager, Neil Swainson and Don Thompson.

With eight critically acclaimed releases in about as many years, Panton’s impressive catalogue has garnered numerous honours including two JUNO wins and two Silver Disc Awards in Japan. Her last album topped the jazz charts on Amazon and iTunes in Canada and the US. It went to #1 on Amazon’s “Movers and Shakers” chart and debuted at #8 on Billboard. It was also a Top 10 Jazz Bestseller at HMV Japan and #1 Jazz Album of the Year on in Taiwan. The album received a four star review in DownBeat Magazine and was one of their Best Albums of 2016. The release of solstice/equinox promises more great things to come!

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