Award winning percussionist and composer Robin Layne has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists including Juno Award winning artists such as Quique Escamilla, Celso Machado, the Paperboys and Alpha Yaya Diallo. He tours internationally with Locarno and nationally with Mazacote. His recent touring engagements with Locarno have led him to Mexico, Italy, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers and marimbists of those respective traditions.
Inspired by the likes of vibraphone greats such as Gary Burton and Cal Tjader and the music and rhythms of the places he has immersed himself in, Robin has created an ensemble that showcases the diversity and beauty of the marimba.
The music of the Robin Layne Band evokes memories of summer days full of adventure and playfulness. With roots in jazz, Latin and African traditions this groove heavy ensemble delivers music that will uplift your spirit, put a smile on your face and take your ears on a journey into the stratosphere. Since forming in 2015 the band has been filling dance floors around Vancouver and performing at festivals across BC and beyond. Festival highlights include The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival, Carnaval Del Sol, Blessed Coast, Winterruption, and Burning Man.
They are currently going into the studio this fall to record their debut album to be released in spring 2018 .