Rufus Cappadocia/Darcy Hepner Duo

Concert program

Set one

Lecture by David Earn ; Can machines swing? Exploring the mathemusical art and heart of artificial intelligence

Set two

Video Clips

Concert Clip

Watch the video below for a sample clip of the duo!


Watch the video below to hear about the research David Earn has been doing!

Biographical Profile

Rufus Cappadocia

Rufus Cappadocia is a multi-lingual musician, performer, composer and recording artist of incredible range, diversity and deep understanding of poly-rhythm and modal music. He is also a Hamilton native and was raised musically by Zdenick Konicek, the first cellist of the Prague Philharmonic and founder of the Czech string quartet, from the age of 7. Cappadocia has performed with: Ross Daly, Odetta, Aretha Franklin, Yacouba Moumouni, Peter Yarrow, Kasse Mady, The Peace Poets, Vishal Vaid, The Black Rock Coalition, Kif, The Paradox Trio, Stellamara and many more. He also has a long standing collaboration with “Bonga” and the Vodou drums of Haiti.

Darcy Hepner

A seasoned performer, accomplished composer and educator, Hamilton native Darcy Hepner has worked with many legendary figures as B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Sergio Mendes, Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett and Mel Tormé, David Johansen and Tom Wopat. After teaching at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he lived in New York as a sought after sax player in various establishments in the Big Apple jazz scene, Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Hepner also toured as a regular member of the world renowned jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears and leads the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra currently which is having its tenth anniversary this coming Janurary.

David Earn

David Earn was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and was an undergraduate in Mathematics at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England, where his research involved the application of mathematical methods to problems in theoretical astrophysics. During his postdoctoral years he became interested in applying mathematics to biological problems and soon shifted focus entirely to biology, especially the epidemiology of infectious diseases. More recently, his research has expanded to include some projects in music perception and music theory. Dr. Earn is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University, where he has been since January 2000.

Further information can be found on his website and in an article in an online supplement to Science Magazine.