psc trio combines the worlds of jazz, rock and classical music 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.
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.
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.
arranger and multi-instrumentalist (bassist, trombonist), olivier hébert has a bachelor of jazz interpretation from Université de Montréal (bourse couleur jazz, may 2008). the following year he obtained a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Spécialisées (D.E.S.S. Université de Montréal) in orchestral reportoire.
as an arranger, olivier has orchestrated for misteur valaire and the metropolitan orchestra, patrick watson, koriass, dramatik, Jérôme Dupuis-Cloutier and Fanny Bloom.
as an instrumentalist, he performs with artists such as Klô Pelgag, Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé, Jacques Kuba-Séguin, Brigitte Boisjoli, Kleztory, l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, Grüvn Brass, Papagroove, l’Orchestre de l’Agora.