2019 RELEASE - LIFE FORCE
Piano, fender rhodes and composition
Upright and electric bass
Electronic Valve Instrument
Trumpet and flugelhorn
Tenor sax and bass clarinet
Produced by George Koller
All Compositions Diane Roblin (SOCAN)
Snowy Day arrangement by Bruce Cassidy
Tracks 2,3,5 & 6, recorded at Canterbury Music Company & engineered by Jeremy Darby (April 2019)
Tracks 4,7 & 8 recorded at Number 9 Audio Group & engineered and mastered by Bernardo Francisco Cisternas (October 2018)
Virtual reality cover by Olga Nabatova
DIANE ROBLIN BIO
“She is a facile and deeply emotional keyboardist who establishes her musical territory with muscular performance and technical skill.” Leslie Mitchell-Clarke, The Whole Note
Pianist, composer Diane Roblin has lead and played with many diverse groups from Rough Trade to renowned avant-garde improviser Charles Gayle. Diane’s studies were eclectic at York University: world music, electronics, jazz improvisation. Her time spent at the Ornette Coleman/Karl Berger workshop and the Dutch Improv Academy have also influenced her original compositions which explore various genres and encourage enthusiastic improvisation - exciting for both the musicians on the stand and the audience.
November 2019, Diane released her new album LIFE FORCE at Hugh’s Room to a packed house. She was surrounded by her Sextet which is made up of some of Toronto’s most celebrated players: George Koller, Ben Riley, Kevin Turcotte, Jeff LaRochelle and Bruce Cassidy. Her diverse compositions were explored by these top notch musicians who were communicating across the ensemble, improvising with vigor and having fun - bringing much energy and joy to the near capacity audience.
”This much anticipated recording proves once again Diane Roblin has something unique to offer jazz fans. Fascinating compositions with a virtuosic ensemble of Canadian hotshots.” Jaymz Bee, JazzFM 91.1
Chris Spector of midwestrecords.com reviews Life Force saying,“This all field hitter does a great job of delivering the goods again without repeating herself. A genuine wild ride you wish wouldn’t end.”
Throughout the years, Diane has also performed with Bob Brough, Richard Underhill, Chris Wallace, Morgan Childs, John Pittman, Michael Stewart, Kieran Overs, Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Michael Snow, Scott Marshall, Russ Boswell, Alexis Baro to name a few.
Diane’s music has had airplay around the world. Her earlier album RECONNECT was on Jaymz Bee’s JazzFM 91.1 Top 3 list in 2014 and LIFE FORCE is currently on All About Jazz’s Top 10 for October 2019.
Diane has performed at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Hugh’s Room, Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge, TDJazz, The Pilot Tavern, Alliance Francaise, Harbourfront, Array Space, La Revolution, Toronto 416 Improvisers Festival, Somewhere There Festival, Toronto Improvisers Orchestra, Goro’s 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!