Award winning percussionist and composer Robin Layne has put together a stellar group of musicians for this project that released its debut record in May 2018. The band features Malcolm Aiken on trumpet/flugelhorn, Liam MacDonald on percussion, Derek DiFilippo on bass, Ben Brown or Justin James on drums, Robin Layne on marimba/percussion and occasional special guests such as Trent Freeman on violin, Tim Sars on saxophone, or Siobhan Sloane-Seale on vocals.
With roots in jazz, Latin and African traditions this groove heavy ensemble delivers music that will uplift your spirit and put a smile on your face. 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, Carnaval Del Sol, Blessed Coast, Winterruption, and Burning Man.
"Super deep dance vibes suitable for any crowd"
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Well known as a percussionist with groups such as Locarno, Mazacote and Tambura Rasa, Robin is devoted to bringing the marimba into the spotlight with this project and showcasing the diversity and richness of this uncommon instrument. The marimba's history dates back to one of the earliest melodic instruments known to humans and Robin continues to pursue inspiration from all sources for his compositions.
He has received travels grants from the BC Arts Council and Canada Council to pursue studies in Guinea, Mali and Mexico, where he had the chance to study rhythm, traditional drumming and marimba. These experiences as well as his jazz training from the LA Music Academy put together the framework for his music that aims to capture the breadth and beauty of human experience.