November 18th 2016 08:00 PM - April 6th 2017 09:30 PM

Series 10dB at the LIVELab

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Series 10dB at the LIVELab


Entering its second 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 each concert.  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 2016/17 Season


Leslie Newman     

October 6, 7, 2016     7:30 PM

“To play as powerfully, as sensitively and as flawlessly as flutist Leslie Newman did…is to write the book on stamina and musical excellence. Bottom line: one of the highlights of the season.” This is how critics have described Leslie Newman who, since her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut at the age of eighteen, performing Carl Nielsen’s formidable Flute Concerto under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, has developed a loyal audience with her lyricism, technical command and musical integrity. Leslie performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician and with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra where she has held the position of principal flute since 2008.


Cecilia String Quartet       

November 18, 19, 2016     8:00 PM

Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the CSQ perform at leading venues in North America and Europe. Their live concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Australia (ABC Classical FM), Canada (CBC/SRC), the United States (WQXR), England (BBC Radio 3), and Germany (DeutschlandRadio). Prize-winners at several international competitions, including Osaka (2008) and Bordeaux (2010), they were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), where they also won the prize for the best performance of commissioned work.

** This concert is being held in conjunction with the 12th Annual NeuroMusicConference  The evening incorporates music with a lecture on “The Music and Science Behind Child Prodigies" by renowned scientist Dr. Isabelle Peretz from the Université de Montréal. In addition there will be a guest appearance by 14-year-old Eric Guo.


Canadian Creative Music Collective   

December 1, 2, 2016     7:30 PM

Formed in 1974, the ensemble comprised of John Oswald, Michael Snow, John Kamevaar and Paul Dutton, has been described as a 'unique force in Canadian composition".  Focusing on music that is improvised and fluid, the collective explores a wide range of instrumentation and styles.  Past performances have spanned the globe and the group is considered by many to the founder of 'free music' in Canada.  Presented in partnership with Strange Waves Music & Art Festival.


Adrean Farrugia    

February 2, 3, 2017     7:30 PM

A graduate of the Mohawk College Music Program, the York University Jazz Performance Program, and Banff Centre of the Arts Jazz Workshops, Adrean is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.  Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Larry Carlton, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat LabarberaAdrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman.



March 2, 3, 2017     7:30 PM

Illitry was formed in 2011 as an outlet for Troy Witherow to experiment with performing electronic music. Since then, Troy has performed in NYC, Detroit, the Maritimes Quebec and Ontario, released music via Noisey/VICE, collaborated with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and won the "Emerging Artist Award" for the music category at the City of Hamilton Art Awards. Troy is currently working on a new batch of tunes to be released in March 2017.   


Cam Hill (Water Drum) & Chase (Hip-Hop)    

April 6, 7, 2017     7:30 PM

Presented in partnership with Thru the Red Door, a Six Nations based recording studio, this concert will feature two artists from their community.  Cam Nolan is a recognized Cayuga Nation performer specializing in traditional songs and drum.  Chase (aka Chllly) is an up and coming Mohawk hip-hop artist who has opened for Tribe Called Red, who called him "one of the best hip hop artists" to join the scene.  This concert will explore the relationship between traditional and contemporary First Nations music and it's role in preserving and sharing their culture through music.


Ticket Information

Please note that your tickets will be email to you and attached as a PDF upon successfully registering for this event. In the event that you have either not received your confirmation email, cannot find the confirmation email, or used an incorrect email address, please contact the organizer.

All ticket holders will receive an email notification reminder 24-48 hours prior to the event's start date (this does not imply particular sessions, just the event). Your tickets will also be attached to this email.

It's encouraged to save your tickets to your phone by downloading them or taking a screenshot, however you may also print your tickets before arriving to the event.