Diana Panton

   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 Books.com 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.