psc trio was formed in late 2016 to combine 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. check out his personal website.
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.
juan pablo carmona
bassist , arranger and composer of great talent and sensibility, was born in colombia and came to canada at the age of 16. he made his interpretive jazz studies at the university of montréal under the teaching of frédéric alarie and michel donato. he also participates in the big band of the university and shared the stage with musicians such as randy becker, paul brochu and john roney. in 2016 he launched his project la alianza carmona.