Research Alive Series: 2016-17 events

This public outreach series was developed in 2015 by Prof. Stephen McAdams and composition student Kit Soden. 

Each Research Alive 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."

2016-17 events:

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.


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.


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.


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.