With roots in rhythmic traditions around the globe this groove heavy ensemble delivers music that transcends the bounds of tradition, blurring the lines between jazz and folk as they carve out new territory for the marimba at the forefront of the sonic landscape.
Over the past decade and a half percussionist Robin Layne has steeped himself in rhythmic traditions around the world from Cuba to West Africa to Mexico and beyond. He brings these influences to bear in his compositions that are inspired by his travels. Robin has worked with many of Canada's finest global artists and toured throughout China, Europe, Mexico, USA and Canada. Highlights include Nanjing Jazz Festival, Hildesheim Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Victoria Jazz Fest, Arts Wells Festival, and Burning Man.
This project aims to bring joy to folks through uplifting music and stories about how we are all human and more connected than we know. Robin believes music has the power to connect and bring people together and has devoted his life to that both through his performing work and also his educational work with young people.
Press and show quotes
"Deep dance vibes suitable for any crowd."
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
'' Marimba is probably the most sensual and harmonious of all percussion instruments and Robin Layne one of its best ambassadors.''
Marc Fournier / Music Journalist/ host at CBC Radio Canada
"Start off your week in playful style with folk music legend Robin Layne."
Vancouver is awesome
The Rhythm Makers are some of Vancouver's finest musicians in the jazz and folk realm.
Liam MacDonald - percussion
Malcolm Aiken - trumpet/flugelhorn
Derek DiFilippo - bass
Daniel Ruiz - drums
Mary Ancheta - keys
Since forming in 2015 the band has been filling dance floors around Vancouver and performing at festivals across BC and beyond. Festival highlights include Arts Wells Festival, The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, FolkLife Festival Seattle, Carnaval Del Sol, Blessed Coast, Winterruption, and Burning Man.