Research Alive Series

Research Alive 2016-17

Unveiling what makes music so magical in the ears and minds of the listener through live performance and dialogue between researchers and musicians.

October 19, 2016

Aiyun Huang:

Memory in motion, the percussion ensemble as a lab

Percussionist Aiyun Huang turns McGill's percussion ensemble into a research lab and explores the inner workings of percussion performance.

When: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 5:00pm in Tanna Schulich Hall.

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November 9, 2016

Jean-Michel Pilc: 

Reinventing tradition: Theme and variations in improvisation

Jazz pianist Jean-Michel Pilc talks about carrying the classical music tradition of theme and variations over into jazz improvisation.

When: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 5:00pm in Tanna Schulich Hall.

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February 1, 2017

Robert Hasegawa:

Echo and transformation in new music

Music theorist Robert Hasegawa, with pianists Zhenni Li and Christopher Goddard playing George Benjamin's "Shadowlines".

When: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 5:00pm in Tanna Schulich Hall.

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March 22, 2017

Jason Noble and Steve Cowan:

The music of dialect

This year's Research Alive student competition winners, Jason Noble (composer) and Steve Cowan (guitarist), present a new collaborative piece.

When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:00pm in Tanna Schulich Hall.

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About Research Alive

The public face of the Schulich School of Music consists, in large majority, of performances by our excellent faculty and student musicians, at times performing works by our own composers. These performances provide a great glimpse into the talent at the School, but they don't fully represent everything that goes on in the music faculty. So the aim of the Research Alive series is to bring alive the research in music theory, music history and musicology, music education, and sound recording, as well as the many faces of musical science and engineering that make up the music technology area. In performance and composition, much research goes on behind the scenes that leads up to the final product, and that research process will also revealed.

Each event is given by a member of the School to bring to light their research, amply illustrated with live musical examples, and ending with a small piece performed by the faculty and students to tie it all together. So, our motto is "Bring alive the research with music."

This series is curated by Prof. Stephen McAdams and composition student Kit Soden.

Watch the 2015-16 Research Alive events