Piano piece in E minor — animation

This fall I’ll be beginning a PhD in music theory. With my last gasps of freedom, I’ve got a few projects that I’ve been meaning to get out of the way. Among these are a few piano roll animations. Here is the first one, of a brand-new piano piece:

For the curious: I made this animation using Python to read the midi files and calculate the position of the notes and shadows, etc., in each frame. I then plotted each frame using R.

My Very Musical Friends and I in Concert!

Tonight it’s my honour to present a concert of my original music, some new, some old. We’ll be playing at the hallowed Café Resonance, 5175A Ave du Parc. I’d love to see you there!

Sadly, none of the works to be performed have been recorded yet. Nevertheless, as a teaser, here’s one of my other pieces for violin and piano:

On the program:

1st set: works for piano, violin, cello, and every combination thereof

Sua Choi – violin / Jane Chan – cello / Malcolm Sailor – piano

2nd set: “jazz” trio

Malcolm Sailor – piano / Martin Heslop – double-bass / Kyle Hutchins – drums

Tonight @ Café Résonance

My monthly series of music continues. There’s a heck of a lot of musicians this month, which means it will be particularly good.

Featuring hijinks, antics, and more hijinks.

9:00pm Tuesday, March 17
@ Café Résonance, 5175A Ave du Parc

On the program:


Pierre-Emmanuel Poizat, Jean-Sébastien Leblanc – Clarinets
Colin Power, Ted Crosby – Saxes
Adam Hébert, Craig Pedersen – Trumpets
Alex Truelove, Taylor Donaldson – Trombones
Julie Houle – Tuba
Malcolm Sailor – Piano
Antoine Ferron Geoffrey – Bass
Jonathan Gagné – Drums

Music for choir

Emily Gibson, Meagan Zantingh, Anna Lewton-Brain, Katherine Black, Christopher Hossfeld, Dave Benson, Damon Hankoff – voice

Duos for violin and cello

Amy Hillis – violin
Jane Chan – violoncello

Another death-defying batch of publicity stunts!

The next episode of my uncannily persistent series at the beloved Café Résonance is fast approaching.

9:00pm Tuesday, December 16th
@ Café Résonance, 5175A Ave du Parc

1st part –

New and old works for violin and piano with:

John Corban – violin
Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw – piano

2nd part –

Malcolm’s Uncharacteristically Straight-ahead Jazz Sextet

Premiering “This tune is so damn stuck in my head” and other catchy tunes with silly names

Andy King – trumpet
Ted Crosby – tenor saxophone
Alex Truelove – trombone
Malcolm Sailor – piano
Adrian Vedady – bass
Éric Thibodeau – drums

November at Résonance!

My next Résonance concert is 9pm next Tuesday, the 18th November.

As an impartial observer, I can assure you most assuredly that this is going to be a very good show!

Both parts will feature a few new pieces mixed in with the classic hits.

Last month there was a boy/girl who looked so forlorn when you didn’t show up. I’m sure she/he will be hoping to see you this month!

1st part

Amy Hillis, Kate Maloney – violins
Thomas Quail – viola
Jane Chan – cello

2nd part

Emma Frank – voice
Craig Pedersen, Simon Millerd – trumpets
Lyne Santamaria – horn
Claire Devlin, Micah Langer, Michael Johancsik – tenor saxes
Alex Truelove, Kalun Leung, Taylor Donaldson – trombones
Malcolm Sailor, Marie-Claire Durand – piano 4-hands
Joel Kerr – bass

More 3rd-Tuesday-of-the-month goodness

My Résonance series goes on and on…

If you’ve ever wondered which stories your grandkids will be eye-wateringly bored by as, in your waning years, you regale them repetitively about the gold old days, well, then come to this show. Then you’ll know.

9pm, Tuesday 21 November
Café Résonance 5175A Ave du Parc

On the program:

Variation for Double Basses

Caroline Peach, Marie-Christine DesRosiers – basses

For 2 oboes and cello

Lindsay Roberts – oboe + english horn
Krisjana Thorsteinson – oboe
Jane Chan – cello


Jean-Sébastien Leblanc, Isak Goldschneider – clarinets
Ben Dwyer, Ted Crosby – saxes
Andy King, Craig Pedersen – trumpets
Taylor Donaldson, Alex Truelove – trombones
Malcolm Sailor – piano
Julie Houle – tuba
Antoine Ferron – double-bass
Jonathan Gagné – drums

The boring old internet gets a face-lift

You’ll all be exceedingly interested to know that I recently had the tremendous pleasure of introducing the internet to some new recordings of mine. Thanks to the fabulous, fantastic, and fantabulous (respectively) Thomas Quail, Jane Chan and мистериозната жена for their superlative contributions.

Another peak experience coming up at Café Résonance!

After taking an August break to consult with marketing agencies and run focus groups, my world-historical monthly series at Résonance is back and more finely tuned to conquer the top 40 charts than ever.

The series is exceptionally taking place on a friday this month in order to fall within the purview of Pop Montréal.

Hope to see you squeezed in among the throng!

9:00 pm, Friday, September 19th @ Café Résonance, 5175A Ave du Parc


Cello Sonata

Jean-Christophe Lizotte – Cello
Marc Wieser – Piano

Music for Brass Ensemble

Alexis Basque, Amy Horvey – trumpets
Lyne Santamaria, Simon Bourget – horns
Alex Truelove, Taylor Donaldson – trombones

“Jazz” Quartet

Ted Crosby – sax
Malcolm Sailor – piano
Ben Dwyer – bass
Mathew MacEachern – drums

My Resonance series strides boldly forward into deepest July!

July 15th @ Café Résonance, 5175A Ave du Parc.

I do hope you can come!

On the program:

Seven vocalizes for three women’s voices

Ellen Wieser, Rona Nadler, Meagan Zantingh – voice

The Youjsh

Isak Goldschneider – clarinet
Ryan Frizzell – trumpet
Adam Kinner – soprano sax
Malcolm Sailor – piano
Hans Bernhard – bass
Evan Tighe – drums

As always, PWYC, 9pm.

My Resonance series continues to continue!

Friday, June 27th, 9:00 pm at Café Résonance, 5175A ave du parc

Malcolm Sailor – piano

I will play some of new music, by myself!

Frédérique Tanguay-Gagnon – violon
Thomas Quail – viola
Jane Chan – cello

New music for string trio! If you’d like to know what it may sound like, you could try listening to the string quartets here and mentally subtracting one of the violins:

Jean-Sébastien Leblanc, Isak Goldschneider – clarinets
Ben Dwyer, Ted Crosby – saxes
Andy King, Craig Pedersen – trumpets
Taylor Donaldson, Karine Gordon – trombones
Malcolm Sailor – piano
Julie Houle – tuba
Antoine Ferron Geoffrey – double-bass
Mathew MacEachern – drums

Twelve musicians come together to make some dixieland/swing kind of noise. Listen here:


Those of you who are especially on-the-ball may have noticed that this month, my much ballyhooed third-tuesday-of-the-month series is NOT on the third-tuesday-of-the-month. If you fear for the tenuous emotional equilibrium which my dependably regular concert series supplies you, you’ll be relieved to know that, next month, it’s back to good old third-tuesdays as usual.

On the other hand, those of you who are more of the devil-may-care variety of person, scoffing in the face of irregularly scheduled events, may be interested to note that this show is in the vicinity of my birthday and, if so disposed, are welcome to help me celebrate accordingly.

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