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
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Terra Lightfoot

March 9 & 10, 2018

This concert is general admission, standing only. 

**Limited seating will be reserved for those who are unable to stand.
Call 905-525-9140 x25483 to reserve.**


• If you purchased a ticket for Friday, Jan. 12, this ticket has been automatically applied for Friday, March 9.
• If you purchased a ticket for Saturday, Jan. 13, this ticket has been automatically applied for Saturday, March 10.
• If you cannot attend the concert on the rescheduled date, please contact us to receive a full refund.

“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 March 9 & 10, 2018.  In a special collaboration, Terra will be joined by instrumentalists from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

The weekend’s opener is Liz Stevens; The dynamic lead singer and songwriter of Alberta’s Copperhead (who blend dark, throaty Motown, swaggering rock, folk with a rusty edge and some spacey instrumentation) is loved for her haunting melodies and smoky, soulful voice. Her electric guitar-based songs are characterized by a blues heart and rock ‘n’ roll soul.

  Adi Braun

April 13 & 14, 2018


“Adi Braun – thoroughly Moderne in her smashing new disc” – Joseph So, Ludwig van Toronto

“…there is nothing whatsoever that can outshine Braun’s luminously sung performance.” – Raul da Gama, the WholeNote

“…biting satire and burlesque meet outrageously colourful art song.” – Raul da Gama, the WholeNote

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.

Our guest researcher, Dr. Pamela Swett will be presenting : Weimar’s ‘New Woman’: Myth and Reality in 1920s Germany

Pamela Swett is Professor of History. She came to McMaster in 1999 after receiving her PhD from Brown University. Her research interests include political culture, consumer politics, everyday life and gender in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

She has received research grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is the author of Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany(Stanford, 2014) and Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933(Cambridge, 2004) and co-editor of Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany (Palgrave, 2011) Selling Modernity: Advertising in Twentieth Century Germany (Duke, 2007).


   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!

Featuring a guest talk by Dr. Dobromir Dotov, “Scales of Rhythm: From Seasons to Sounds”. Dr. Dotov is interested in how humans and other animals move, how they learn to move, why dancing feels good, and how different movement disorders impair the organization of movement. He applies computational methods developed for complex systems. He also designs closed-loop experiments where participants interact with dynamic environments by way of sonification, that is, both the participant’s movement and the environment are converted to sound, the objective being to make the two play nicely together. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the McMaster LIVELab.

Be part of Series 10dB – where science and music collaborate


Past Concerts From This Season:

Click here for information on Rufus Cappadocia/Darcy Hepner Duo

Click here for information on Keynote Concert by Dr.Larry Roberts ft. Madawaska String Quartet