Series 10dB


Concert Series

Entering its fourth 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 2017/2018 Season


Darcy Hepburn and Rufus Cappadocia

October 13th, 2017

Cappadocia was born in Hamilton Ontario and received his first cello at age 3. He was raised musically by Zdenick Konicek from the age of 7. Zdenick Konicek was the  First cellists of the Prague Philharmonic, and founder of the Czech string quartet. Konicek later became the first cellist of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and was a great musician who deeply inspired Rufus with his passion.  Cappadocia went on to refine his style playing on the street and working with traditional modal musicians.

A seasoned performer, accomplished composer and respected educator, Hamilton native Darcy Hepner has worked with such legendary figures as B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Sergio Mendes and Henry Mancini. From 1985-1989 he taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and from 1996 – 2005 Darcy lived in New York and was a sought after sax player in the Big Apple jazz scene as well as on various Broadway and off-Broadway shows. From 1999-2004, he toured as a regular member of the world renowned jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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   Madawaska String Quartet

November 17th & 18th, 2017

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.”

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January 13th, 2018

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  Adi Braun

April 13th & 14th, 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.

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   Diana Panton

May 5th, 2018

Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her work has been consistently praised by listeners and music critics alike for her ethereal vocals, exceptional song selection and emotional intensity. “Her diaphanous vocal sound never insists and her high speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird’s heart – natural, untainted and pure.” (Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Wholenote Magazine)

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