Shawn Mativetsky – Music
Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada’s leading ambassadors of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Called an “exceptional soloist” by critic Réjean Beaucage, WholeNote’s Andrew Timar adds that “as a leading disciple of the renowned Sharda Sahai, he has serious street cred.” Shawn Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo album, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his recording of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011. He is currently working on the recording of RIVERS, his first traditional solo tabla album, which will be released in March 2017.
As a practitioner of Indian classical music, Shawn regularly gives solo tabla performances, as well as accompanying kathak dance, voice, bansuri, sarod, santoor, sarangi, and sitar artists. Since 2003, Shawn has been affiliated with the Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation (UK/India), and in the summers of 2006 and 2008, hosted tabla maestro Pandit Sharda Sahai’s annual summer tabla workshop. Since 2011, Shawn has been hosting his own annual summer tabla workshop at McGill University. In recent years, he has been working closely with santoor player Jonathan Voyer, sitarist Uwe Neumann, and kathak dancer Sudeshna Maulik.
Alissa Mazar – Sociology
Alissa is a PhD Candidate in McGill’s Sociology department. Her research and teaching interests include: economic sociology, deindustrialization, labour, and gender. Being able to engage and challenge students to see the world in a more critical yet precise light drives her passion for teaching.
Garrfield Du Couturier-Nichol – Career & Professional Development
Garrfield Du Couturier-Nichol comes to MCLIU with an extensive resume. He has a background of working in government, industry and academia. He spent many years as part of the international observer team with Elections Canada and travelled extensively. As part of this experience he learned a great deal about diversity and cultural differences in many different societies. He holds degrees in Psychology and Human Relations which have equipped him to teach in those fields where these skills and knowledge are required. He has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for over forty years’ involvement in community service and caring for seniors and those disadvantaged in society. He is also a member of an Order of Chivalry that dates back to the Crusades where he holds a high rank and medals of honour and distinction (KCLJ, GOMLJ) for many years of working in the field of palliative care. He has brought his experience and caring to MCLIU and as a delegate has worked hard for the members of our union since being elected.
Judy Hung – Conservatory of Music
Judy Hung enjoys a versatile career as pianist, violinist and violist. She has performed on modern and period instruments with ensembles such as the Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Ensemble Caprice, the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Kaohsiung City Symphony in Taiwan. Music Director and Organist at Valois United Church, she teaches at the McGill Conservatory of Music and Lindsay Place High School as well as at her studios in Pointe-Claire and Vaudreuil-Dorion. Judy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance with an Orchestral Conducting minor from Louisiana State University, and has completed Master’s degrees in Violin, Piano and Early Music Performance respectively from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Syracuse University and McGill University.