Psc2 combines the worlds of jazz, rock, classical music, and artificial intelligence via original compositions and arrangements.
the compositions are built around the interplay of jazz harmonies, complex rhythms and extensive improvisation; many of them are composed in the “long-form” compositional style of classical music.
the arrangements take well-known songs from pop, rock and jazz and re-build them in a manner similar to our original compositions. the arrangements include songs by michael jackson, guns n’ roses, silvio rodriguez, duke ellington and others.
psc is a señor swesearcher in google brain, and is experimenting with using machine learning models (including generative models for music) as part of the live performance. most of the code used will be available in this repo.
Psc2 used to be psctrio with 3 human intelligences.
pablo samuel castro
pianist, composer, computer scientist and marathoner, born in ecuador. he co-founded jai guru (1998-2003), a rock-funk band active in the montreal scene, and co-founded ecos de portoalegre (2004-2010), a socially engaged montreal latin-jazz band. he released full-length albums with each of these bands and composed most of the songs. pablo samuel obtained his phd in computer science (specializing in artificial intelligence) from mcgill in 2012. he spends his days doing ai research at google, his afternoons playing with his kids and his evenings playing piano and composing. in addition to playing with psc trio, he regularly performs his compositions and arrangements as a solo pianist around ottawa. follow him on twitter to find out what he’s up to.
drummer, author and scholar, born in mexico. he has toured and recorded with several award-winning artists in montreal and worldwide. he studied composition and cultural studies at mcgill university and has a phd in hispanic studies from the university of toronto. he has published one novel and currently teaches literature and culture courses at queen’s university. he co-founded ecos de portoalegre (2004-2010), a socially engaged montreal latin-jazz band and. he remains an active musician in the montreal scene and spreads his time between montreal, toronto and kingston.