5:00 PM17:00

IWP at Research Alive


Jean-Michel Pilc (piano)

Kevin Dean (trumpet)

Rémi Bolduc (alto sax) 

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.

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8:00 PM20:00

IWP at Le Ministère 'L'Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal'

Improvisation Workshop Project featuring Jean-Michel Pilc, Kevin Dean and Rémi Bolduc plus special guest Elisabeth Kontomanou


Elisabeth Kontomanou (vocals) 

Jean-Michel Pilc (piano)

Kevin Dean (trumpet)

Rémi Bolduc (alto sax)

Claire Devlin (tenor sax)

Pierre Mendola (flute)

Ananda Suddath (guitar) 

Mike De Masi (bass)

Louis-Vincent Hamel (drums)

"There may be no more diverse, unpredictable jazz piano player, song to song, than Jean-Michel Pilc." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Elisabeth Kontomanou is “ soulful as Sarah Vaughan, as smooth and mellow as Dianne Reeves and comes equipped with a fighting spirit as passionate as Nina Simone’s (...) among the world’s great vocal-jazz practitioners (...)” - Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Jean-Michel Pilc, one of the world’s most exciting jazz pianists is spearheading a special concert at Le Ministère as part of the Off Jazz Festival of Montreal on October 10th, 2019. Within the context of the Improvisation Workshop Project (IWP), a research endeavor funded by Les Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC), Pilc will be joined by fellow professors of the Schulich School of Music - some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, Kevin Dean (trumpet) and Rémi Bolduc (alto saxophone). On this special occasion, they have invited jazz vocalist of international renown, Elisabeth Kontomanou from Sweden to join them on stage.

Accompanying musicians include: Claire Devlin (tenor sax), Pierre Mendola (flute), Ananda Suddath (guitar), Mike De Masi (bass) and Louis-Vincent Hamel (drums)

General admission: $30.00. Plus applicable fees.
Students & 65+ and members of the GMMQ: $20.00 Plus applicable fees. Buy tickets at

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IWP with Meg Okura/Sam Newsome
8:00 PM20:00

IWP with Meg Okura/Sam Newsome

SAM NEWSOME (saxophone) MEG OKURA (violin)

Also featuring:
Jean-Michel Pilc (piano)
Kevin Dean (trumpet)
Jonathan Orland (alto saxophone)
Juan Sebastian Delgado (cello)
Pierre Mendola (flute)
Annie Dominique (bass clarinet & tenor saxophone)
Edouard Touchette (trombone)
Cole Birney-Stewart (bass)
Michel Lambert (drums)
Summer Kodama (bass)
Thom Gossage (drums)

TICKETS: (sold exclusively at the door):
General admission: $15.00
Students: $10.00
Students/Faculty of the Schulich School of Music: Free entry Accepted methods of payment: cash only

Wheelchair access is via the door at the main entrance of the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building. Tanna Schulich Hall is located directly in front of the main entrance.

Deemed the queen of chamber jazz by All About Jazz, the violinist-composer Meg Okura blends East and West in modern jazz. Her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, a one-of-a-kind jazz group based in New York has released four albums- Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble (2006), Naima (2010), and Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto (2013), and the Ima Ima (2018).

“From Asia to Africa and the Americas, and from classical to jazz—via the inspiration of electronic music—Okura sees beauty everywhere and translates it into her own exquisite idiom.”
- All About Jazz

For more about Meg Okura, visit:

New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach for which he gained world-wide critical acclaim with the release of his 2009 recording Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone, which received a five-star review in Downbeat magazine.

"Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano into a one-man band." - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

For more about Sam Newsome, visit:

Together, Okura, Newsome and PIlc released 'NPO Trio Live at The Stone' (Chant Records, 2018)

"a captivating hour-long set of music....the three musicians have an instantly-apparent rapport, with a synthetic vision that provides impressive cohesion and focus, despite the fully-improvised nature of the performance. album that offers such an inventive, expansive approach to music-making."
- Troy Dostert, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

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