It's been another great summer of festivals, camping, and touring! Here are a few photo highlights from the summer
Fall Tour Schedule
This fall will find me visiting Alberta quite a bit, as well as visiting the islands. Looking forward to more musical adventures and getting the chance to play some new venues.
Sept 16 - Robin Layne & Friends at Guilt & Co
Sept 17 - Worldbeat sessions at the Backstage Lounge
Oct 4 - Starman - Evening of Bowie Songs in the Round - Filberg Centre, Courtenay, BC
Oct 6 - Starman - Evening of Bowie Songs in the Round - Kicking Horse Culture, Golden, BC
Oct 7 - Starman - Evening of Bowie Songs in the Round - Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
Oct 8 - Starman - Evening of Bowie Songs in the Round - Fish Creek Concerts, Calgary, AB
Oct 13- Locarno - Dow Centennial Theatre, Fort Saskatchewen, AB
Oct 14 - The Paperboys - Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose, AB
Oct 15 - The Paperboys - Horizon Stage, Spruce Grove, AB
Oct 22-24 - Locarno - Alberta Arts Showcase
Oct 28 - Locarno - Errington Hall, Parksville, BC
Oct 29 - Locarno - Denman Hall, Denman, BC
Nov 9 - Tambura Rasa - Pyatt Hall
Nov 28-29 - Mazacote - Island Tour
It's official.. just had the first beach day this Sunday in Vancouver and waking up to the bird songs and sunshine sure puts a smile on my face. Looking forward to a summer full of adventure, music and love. You can find me at these festivals, summer camps and events - or biking to the beach, sipping an espresso somewhere, reading a book, or writing some music in my studio.
June 18- Locarno- Surrey Fest
June 19- Robin Layne Band- Woodland Patio Series -
Right after Car Free Days
June 26- Mazacote- Guilt & Co. for Jazz Fest
July 1- Robin Layne Band- Jazz Fest, Granville Island
July 3-7 - Jam Camp by the Sea
July 9- Robin Layne Band & Locarno- Carnaval del Sol
July 10- Mazacote- Carnaval del Sol
July 11-15 - Marimba Camp at Britannia
July 17-21 - Jam Camp North
July 22- Robin Layne Band- Blessed Coast
July 27- Locarno- Shorefest
July 29-Aug 1- BC World Music Collective- Festival Tour
Aug 5- Mazacote- Edgemont Village
Aug 6- Mazacote- Whistler
Aug 12- Mazacote- Guilt & Co
Aug 19-21- Locarno- Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
August 22 - Robin Layne & Friends at Guilt & Co
Locarno's Luz y Sombra tour just wrapped up in Washington this weekend. Next stop Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy! Can't wait to drink beer, drive fast (on the autobhan) and see the sights. Oh wait and play some music with my fellow Locarnitos!
May 13- Colo-Saal- Aschaffenburg, Germany.
May 14- Jazztime- Hildesheim, Germany
May 15- Kultur Bastion- Torgau, Germany
May 16- Wirkhof Strücken in Niedersachsen, Germany
May 19- Opderschmelz - Grand Auditoire, Dudelange, Luxembourg
May 20- Teatro Di Banco. Banco, Switzerland
May 21- Cantina dei Frati- Sasselo, Italy
May 22- Cortile del Broletto. Pavia, Italy
In other exciting news...
It's an honour to play in two bands that have been nominated for Best World Music Album for the West Coast Music Awards. Big props to Mazacote, Locarno and all the other nominees!
I am thrilled to be performing at The Vancouver International Jazz Fest with my band on Canada Day. You can also catch us at Carnaval del Sol and Blessed Coast this summer.
The BC World Music Collective will reunite for a mini tour over the BC day long weekend with shows at The Harmony Arts Festival, Hornby Festival and The Filberg Festival
Locarno plays Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, August 19th-21st
Full schedule of summer shows here
Had a great start to February playing music with these fabulous musicians as part of the Acoustic Starman Project. Can't wait to do it again!
Visit http://www.acousticstarman.com/ for all the info and latest touring dates!
This was directly followed by heading down south with Locarno for shows in Wenatchee and Seattle. We had a blast doing outreach shows for local high schools and playing at one of our favourite venues in the PNW.
The Triple Door in Seattle.
The season continues to heat up with lots of fun shows and tours coming up. Please see below or visit my shows page for all the info. Here's to warmer weather coming our way!
Feb 20 - Mazacote - Roberts Creek Hall
March 5 - Mazacote - North Vancouver
March 11 - Robin Layne Band - Cafe Deux Soleil
March 12 - Mazacote - Salsa Night! Academie Duello
March 13 - Marlie Collins and Company - Beaumont Theatre
March 18 - Robin Layne Solo - House Concert in Oliver
March 19- Bless and Robin - Yoga and Music Workshop in Penticton
March 22-24 - Marimba workshops in the Okanagan
March 26 - Locarno at the WISE Hall
April 2 - Robin Layne Band at Guilt and Co
April 9 - Bless and Robin - Yoga and Music Workshop at Semperviva
April 22-23 - Vancouver World Music Festival at the Rio Theatre
April 30 - Bless and Robin - Yoga and Music Workshop at Semperviva
Just came back from a fun weekend in Seattle where Locarno released our new CD to a sold out crowd at the Triple Door. If you are looking for something to remind you of warmer days this holiday season I suggest you get a copy. https://locarno.bandcamp.com/album/luz-y-sombra-2
It's been a great start to the fall season and I am excited to share a few upcoming shows with you. I will headed up to the Okanagan this weekend and next with Locarno for concerts in Oliver, Penticton and Kelowna. Come catch us if you are in the area. www.locarnomusic.com
Frank Venables Theatre - Oct 23
Dream Cafe - Oct 29
Rotary Arts Centre - Sugar Skull Strut - Oct 30
Closer to home I will be performing a house concert at Tzvi's Place on Nov 6th as a benefit for WinterSkin an organization dedicated to helping Syrian Refugees in Jordan survive the coming winter. Details here
Stay warm and hope to see you all soon!
One of my favourite parts of the summer is festival season and this summer will find me trekking around B.C. to quite a few festivals both near to home and further abroad.
June 6 - Robin Layne Band at Cafe Deux Soleil - 9 pm
June 12-13 - Locarno on Tour in Nelson and Invermere
June 16 - Mazacote - FIFA Women's World Cup Celebrations
June 19 - Locarno at the Dragon Boat Festival
June 20 - Mazacote at the Dragon Boat Festival
June 21 - Special guest with the Heavyweights Brass Band at the Vancouver Jazz Festival
June 28 - Mazacote at David Lam Park for the Vancouver Jazz Festival
July 1 - Locarno - FIFA Women's World Cup Celebrations - 2-3 pm
July 1 - Tambura Rasa - Granville Island Canada Day - 6 pm
July 5-8 - Jam Camp on Saltspring - Rhythm Facilitator
July 9-12 - Vancouver Island Music Festival with Locarno
July 17-19 - Vancouver Folk Music Festival with Tambura Rasa
July 19-24 - Jam Camp in the Kootenays - Rhythm Facilitator
August 6 - Mazacote at Harmony Arts Festival in West Van
August 7 - Mazacote at Deep Cove
August 16 - Robin Layne Band at the Latin SummerFest
More to be confirmed soon!
Can't wait to see you all this summer!
I can't believe that we are only two weeks away from the first Vancouver World Music Festival! I've always thought it would be an amazing experience to host a music festival as most of my favourite moments, both performing and as an audience member, have been at festivals. There is something special that happens when a group of people come together for a common purpose and that is what VWMF is all about. What is our purpose? To host an awesome evening of dance music from around the globe while raising funds for Instruments of Change, an organization that offers community building music programs to residents of the downtown east side through their Women Rock! camps.
One of the things I have committed to doing this year is to make positive change in the Vancouver music scene. The idea for this festival started over drinks with my good friend Tom Landa back in November. In January when I came back from my study trip in Mexico, I chatted with Tom and he said that the ball was already rolling! We have had tremendous support from our fellow musicians to put this thing together on a shoestring budget and I can't wait to celebrate with you on the dance floor April 3rd.
You can purchase tickets in advance through www.ticketweb.ca or at Zulu, Highlife or Red Cat Records. Tickets are $24+SC in advance and $30 at the door.
The show starts at 8 pm with Tambura Rasa, Haram, Locarno and Kutapira
or on FB here
I had the amazing opportunity to head down south this winter to Mexico and study marimba in Chiapas and Mexico City. The photo on the left is a shot of a traditional marimba built by hand at the home of Carlos Nandayapa. The Nandayapa family has been building and playing marimbas for over a hundred years and I was fortunate to get the chance to study with both Javier and Norberto Nandayapa, two of Mexico's most renowned marimba players. It is always incredible to get the chance to be a student again and to absorb the culture that the music comes from. Highlights included a trip to Palenque to see the Mayan ruins, visiting friends in San Cristobal, a taste of the beach, the marimba music that exists everywhere throughout Chiapas, and of course Mexico City and Teotihuacan. Big thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for making this trip possible.
Since I've been back things have been busy with teaching and gigging with Tambura Rasa, Curtis Andrews, my new marimba trio and with Locarno. Locarno started a new recording this past weekend and will be busy playing gigs every weekend this month, starting with a run up to Kelowna and Penticton this weekend for some Valentine's day gigs.
The other big news is that together with Tom Landa (Paperboys and Locarno) we are producing the Vancouver World Music Festival on April 3rd. World music has always been close to my heart and it is this love for other cultures and traditions that has driven my career as a percussionist. We will feature four local world music bands and present a night that spans the globe at the Imperial on Main St. For all the details check out the website.
I would love to see you there!