A classically trained pianist and composer, Diane Roblin continued her music education at York University. Her studies were eclectic and wide-ranging including electronic music, ethnomusicology, South Indian drumming, and jazz improvisation. She attended the Karl Berger/Ornette Coleman intensive workshop in Woodstock and NYC playing with Dave Holland, Jack deJohnette and other notable musicians. As well, she studied with the Dutch Improv Academy (Hans Bennick , Mary Oliver, Wilfred de Joode) culminating in a performance at Amsterdam’s legendary Bimhaus.
Throughout the years Diane has lead and played with many diverse groups from Rough Trade, to renown avant garde improviser Charles Gayle. Toronto DJ, Jaymze Bee’s honoured her original jazz-funk CD RECONNECT placing it on his Top 3 list for 2014 and it was top of the charts domestically and internationally (i.e. Japan, New Zealand, Germany)
Diane continues to lead and write for her jazz-funk quintet/sextet made up of Toronto’s finest (Bruce Cassidy, George Koller, Rich Underhill, Morgan Childs, to name a few). As well, she is an accomplished contemporary improviser and soloist playing with musicians such as: Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Phil Albert, Michael Snow, Rob Clutton, Kayla Millmine. Diane has performed at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge, Hart House, The Pilot Tavern, Alliance Francais, Harbourfront, Array Space, Tranzac residency, La Rev, Toronto 416 Improvisers Festival, Somewhere There Festival, Merida Mexico, Tennessee Plum Festival, Smalls NYC, Ronnie Scotts London UK, Amsterdam’s Bimhaus as well as clubs abroad in Cannes, Antibes/Juan les Pins. Diane plays high energy music from the heart.
"She is a facile and deeply emotional keyboardist who establishes her musical territory with a muscular performance on the Fender Rhodes and
technical skill on the acoustic piano…..” The Whole Note, Leslie Mitchell-Clarke
"Reconnect from Diane Roblin is a spirited romp from a rock solid quintet we will hopefully hear from again! Stellar!..... " critical jazz.com
"Roblin's piano work dazzles..." Canadianmusic.ca
From RECONNECT CD (Nov.2014) www.bandcamp.com or iTunes