If there ever was a World Music super-group, this would be it. The BC World Music Collective brings together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, who now make their home in the beautiful province of BC. The collective is comprised of Adonis Puentes, Celso Machado, Tonye Aganaba, Kurai Blessing, JP Carter, Locarno (Tom Landa, Pedro Mota, Robin Layne, Liam MacDonald, Nick La Riviere, Kalissa Landa, JeanSe LeDoujet) and First Nations (Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux Territories) rapper, Ostwelve.
The project first began in the summer of 2015, when the artists were asked to come together to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival. After an intense week of rehearsals, the group made their first appearance on the main stage of the festival. After their set, they were all elated with how it went, and decided one performance just wouldn’t be enough. A few weeks later, a plan was hatched to turn the one-off project into the province’s most exciting World Music band.
Vancouver Island Music Festival director, Doug Cox, who was instrumental in bringing the project together, has this to say about the band’s first performance.
“The B.C. World Music Collective was one of those special projects at our Festival that worked from the get-go. Quite a wonderful celebration of the multiculturalism that makes up our fair Province. Beyond all that, it was just good, high energy fun as well!“
The summer of 2016 saw the band take on it’s first mini tour, playing at The Hornby Island Music Festival, The Filberg Festival, The Harmony Arts Festival and more. Artistic Director of the Hornby Music Festival had this to say about the band:
These 13 musicians, all with their own careers in world music, brought energy and new life into musical traditions from around the world. The collaboration, musicianship and enthusiasm on stage was exciting and our audience was up and dancing from the first song." - Dierdre Atkinson (Hornby Music Festival)
The group went on to showcase at Pacific Contact (BC 2017) and Arts Northwest (WA, 2017) and more tours are in the works!
This is truly an exciting band with some impressive talent. Their performance is very much a collaboration that sees all the musicians playing with each other, and backing each other up as they sing their own songs and tell the stories of where they are from, and how they got to BC. They are the ideal festival band and take listeners on a worldwide journey without ever leaving home.
OSTWELVE (COAST SALISH FIRST NATIONS)
Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St'át'imc multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. He got his start with professional graphic design at the age of 14 after submitting a design to a Vancouver-based skateboard company "Arson" and got this design printed. In the same year he began co-hosting the "When Spirits Whisper" radio show along side Gunargie O'Sullivan on CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM (formerly 102.7 FM).
In the past years he’s worked along side many amazing people on equally amazing projects. Most prominently as an actor and composer for APTN/Showcase dramatic series "Moccasin Flats" where he played a character named "Red” for two seasons as a performer and a lead character in the film project "Moccasin Flats: Redemption" in 2007. As well he was the lead composer for APTN children's Cree language series "Nehiyawetan: Let's Speak Cree".
In the spring of 2011, he was hired as Content Manager for RPM.fm, an Indigenous music culture website based out of Vancouver. The website focuses on bringing the latest of Indigenous music culture to its audience as well as a podcast series of which he was the host. The podcast was selected as the recipient of the United Nations DPI Gold Medal as well as being awarded a Silver Medal in the Culture & The Arts, Audio Podcast category at the New York Festivals Awards.
In January of 2012, he completed the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and has plans to complete the diploma program as well.
As a musician under the name Ostwelve, Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K’naan, Asbtract Rude and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Ron has also had the opportunity to perform as a part of the red diva projects ensemble project “The Road Forward” at the 2013 PuSh Festival in Vancouver. At the same time Ron was a part of the performance installation “Sometimes I Think I Can See You”, curated by Mario Pensotti, also a part of the PuSh Festival.
In the last 10 years Ronnie has also been very active in facilitating and creating workshop programs for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-hop. He has worked with "All Nations Healin' Thru Artz" in Regina and helped to create "InDigital", an initiative focused on creating job training for Indigenous youth in the technology industries. More recently he joined "Boldskool", a hip-hop/theatre workshop created by urban ink productions based out of Vancouver, BC.
ADONIS PUENTES (CUBA)
Singer, Bongos, Percussion
Adonis Puentes was destined to be a music star. Sabor a Café, nominated as World Music Album Of The Year at 2014 Canadian Juno Awards, his latest CD and first collection of all self-composed original songs, fulfills the Cuban-Canadian singer’s destiny.
Adonis and his fraternal twin Alexis, now better known as Alex Cuba, were born in 1974 in Artemisa, Cuba. Their father, Valentin Puentes is a well-respected musician and teacher, and at six the twins were playing in a children’s guitar ensemble. At 14, Adonis was singing and writing original songs, music that has ripened and matured into the poetic, sensuous song-cycle, Sabor a Café (Tumba King Records/Pacific Music).
Adonis Puentes has been nominated for a Juno Award and garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his lead vocalist work with the nine-piece, L.A.-based Mongorama, directed by well-known radio host Jose Rizo. He has toured with Irakere veteran Maraca Orland Valle and sang at L.A.’s Greek Theater, Hollywood & Highland, and Lincoln Center, where he shared the stage with Latin music luminaries Larry Harlow and Ruben Blades before 24,000 New York fans. He has performed at festivals around the world from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas to Java Jazz in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“I have traveled the world singing. My mission in life is to share my music, giving people joy,” Adonis explains. “My new recording captures my poetic journey, my revelations and my maturing as an artist.”
The Puentes Brothers’ award-winning 2001 CD, Morumba Cubana and Adonis’ 2005 solo debut, Vida were critically acclaimed, the latter earning Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year in the Island Music Awards. Sabor a Café builds upon these triumphs with a wide-ranging collection of astonishingly wise and witty songs.
From the playful, sexy lyrics and horn-driven rhythms of the opening title track to the set-capping, elegant soulfulness of Ura, the dozen originals on Sabor a Café offer a rich and varied narrative in praise of the power of love. Adonis Puentes has produced a warm, revelatory self-portrait. Even if you can’t speak a word of Spanish, you can hear his joy, his love of life, his passion!
There is a hypnotic, magical flow to the recording’s song sequence, a dream-like musical journey with echoes of myriad traditional Cuban forms conjured up by the studio musicians’ brilliance and Adonis Puentes’ visionary songwriting and evocative vocals.
Puentes has lived in Victoria, B.C. Canada since 1998, but his latest release is steeped in Cuban music history and culture. One song, Anjojos del Firmamento features Septeto Nacional de Cuba Ignacio Piñero, a Havana-based band founded 80 years ago.
“I grew up listening to their music,” Adonis enthused. “I shared my song with them when they were in Victoria. They liked it, and we recorded it in Cuba. Another Salsa great, Oscar Hernandez arranged three songs and played piano on Sabor a Café. Guys used to play Oscar Hernandez’s piano solos when we were in music school in Cuba. Now he’s playing piano on my new recording!”
The songs on Sabor a Café ripple with percussive cross rhythms and lightening-like horn lines that drive the music forward. A crisp studio sound captures a series of brilliant Salsa and Latin Jazz arrangements so skin-tight and dance-inducing that listeners might overlook the musician’s profoundly positive lyrics. It’s a masterful collection of original love songs from a Chekhov-inspired tribute to love’s power to overcome despair to the joyous hedonism of Tumbando Mangos and Sabor a Café- the first, comparing seeking love to knocking mangos from trees, the second describing the taste of coffee on his lover’s morning kiss.
The song-cycle includes a range of studio performances celebrating many phases and shapes of love from the magic of a long-awaited one night stand to Tarot prophesy of love’s eventual return, from the healing power of flowers and forgiveness to an appreciation of a love that grows and endures over the years. The songs on Sabor a Café delve into every corner of the heart while singing the praises of love and life lived fully.
It’s a sensuous, profound recording with dramatic arrangements and a crystal clear studio sound. Adonis Puentes is a great singer and an elegant composer and lyricist grounded and nourished by his Cuban roots and worldly experience. Sabor a Café is a modern, Cuban music masterpiece.
CELSO MACHADO (BRAZIL)
Guitar, Singer, Percussion
CELSO MACHADO : Virtuoso Brazilian Guitarist, Percussionist, Vocalist, Multi-instrumentalist, and Composer.
"Amazing skills, skills that combine elements that in the U.S. are rarely found in the same band, let alone the same musician."...
TIM BROOKS, Review of New York Guitar Festivals Brazilian Guitar Marathon
ABOUT CELSO: Performer, Composer, Recording Artist, and Teacher
Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Celso Machado, transports his audiences through the richness and diversity of Brazilian music and beyond. For forty years Celso Machado has been performing on concert stages throughout Brazil, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States. Considered one of the most versatile and exciting musician/composers of Brazilian music today; his guitar technique is but one of his passions; his gift for making music out of anything and everything around us is his mission in life.
In addition to Celso’s solo career he has shared the stages with some of the world’s great guitarists: Sergio and Odair Assad, Badi Assad, Romero Lubambo, Yamandu Costa, Cristina Azuma, Peter Finger, and Solorazaf. He has opened for Gilberto Gil, Bebel Gilberto, Hermeto Pascaul, and Al di Meola; amongst other great musicians.
Brazilian music has arisen out of various blends of Classical European, African, Portuguese and Indigenous influences. There is less division in Brazilian music between classical and jazz, jazz and folk. While Celso's music is rooted in Brazilian rhythmic and melodic styles, it also reflects his incurable fascination with other world music traditions. He finds similarities between the music of southern Italy and northeast Brazil, the Egyptian Maqsoum and the Brazilian Baião rhythm, the Moroccan Gnawa rhythm and Afoxé and Samba. Celso incorporates these influences into his own sound; his own unique contribution to the ongoing evolution of Brazilian music.
Drawing on his thorough study of classical guitar, Celso composes for guitar and ensemble. His remarkably innovative compositions are infused with a rich knowledge of the traditional music of Brazil: samba, chôro, baião, frêvo etc. His compositions are published by Editions Henry Lemoine in Paris and are performed and recorded by both students and professionals around the World, from solo performances to guitar orchestras. Many of his scores have been adapted for other instruments: piano, violin, cello, clarinet, pan pipes, harp etc.
NICK LA RIVIERE (BC)
Nick La Riviere has made a full time living as a musician for the last 12 years. He has performed in many parts of the world, including Mexico, England, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, The USA, and across Canada. Nick has toured with award winning bands that play jazz, folk, pop, latin, Celtic, klezmer, classical, ska, and more. He plays trombone, conch shells, bass, and sings. He’s also known for using a programmable harmonizer with his trombone to make one horn sound like a three piece section. Nick plays with many different bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, The HiFi, and Michael Kaeshammer, and performs multiple nights a week.
The Nick La Riviere Band features danceable and listenable original songs influenced by artists like Sam Cooke, Jamiroquai, Trombone Shorty, and others. The recent album, Another Time Around, rich in variety, has received plenty of media attention. In addition to originals, live shows include energetic rearranged covers of tunes by Dr John, Bill Withers, The Box Tops, and more. Nick’s conch shell playing is always a big hit, and brings something to the show that most people have never seen before. Festival shows always attract a dancing crowd, and home town shows are consistently sold out.
A former jazz student of Capilano College, he’s now asked to adjudicate and be a clinician at conferences such as the BCMEA, and the West Coast Jazz Festival. As the title of his debut album suggests, there’s just ‘Too Much To Do.’
Nick also offers arranging, recording, and teaching services. He also leads a community R&B band and a community big band with weekly rehearsals.
LIAM MACDONALD (BC)
Drums, Pandeiro, Percussion
Liams life as a drummer/percussionist began when he was 9 years old in Kitchener, Ontario when his uncle, who was a professional drummer, left a beautiful set of old Rogers drums in the basement of the house he grew up in. After a few years of orchestral percussion lessons he started playing in clubs with Rock and R & B bands and continued to do so throughout his teens. In 1997 Liam relocated to the West Coast and has been calling Vancouver home for the last 15 years. Since Liam has been in Vancouver he has been equally in demand for his Drumset playing as well as his abilities as a Multi-percussionist, this has led him to working with an extremely eclectic mix of projects.
Currently Liam is both recording and performing with the following projects:
Celso Machado ( Master guitarist from Brazil )
Haram ( 11 piece Avant-Garde Arabic ensemble)
Serwan Yamolky Trio ( Traditional Arabic Music )
Terminal Station ( Roots and Blues )
Silk Road Ensemble ( World Fusion )
Flatback ( World Bluegrass meets Jazz improv )
Zazueira ( Brazilian Popular Music )
Sarah Wheeler ( Singer Songwriter )
Samar ( Bellydance Trio )
Dave Phillips ( Singer Songwriter )
Vanabaso ( 14 piece Afrobeat Band )
Mashregh ( Flamenco dance w Persian poetry )
JuJubarians ( Avant-Garde Improv trio )
Liam has also recorded and performed with the following artists:
Bob Wooten ( Legendary guitar player with Johnny Cash from 1967-2001 )
DOA ( Legendary Punk Band )
Israel “Toto” Berriel ( Singer/percusionist from famed cuban group Los Monequitos de Mantanzas )
Delhi to Dublin
Alpha Yaya Diallo
Michael Blake ( Jazz saxophonist from New York City )
Joe Keithly and The Band of Rebels ( DOA singer solo project )
Leela Gilday ( Aboriginal Singer from The Northwest Territories )
Dawn Pemberton and BJ Block
Although Liams quest for new sounds and rhythms from around the world is ongoing, his primary focus has been that of Afro Brasilian & Afro Cuban percussion and frame drums from the Middle East. After several study trips to Brasil and throughout the United States short list of Liams past and present teachers are :
Luiz Guello ( Pandeiro ), Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro (Pandeiro), Everaldo Santos Brito ( Music and Songs of Candomble ), Crispin Junior ( Timbalada Style Samba Reggae ) Michel Merhej ( Riq ), Jorge Alabe ( Rio Style Samba ) Marcio Bahia ( Brasilian Drumset ), Jack Duncan ( Folkloric and Modern Afro Cuban percussion )
Finally Liams mentor and dear friend, Celso Machado, introduced him to most of the percussion instruments he plays today and Celso continues to be a great inspiration.
TONYE AGANABA (LONDON)
Tonye Aganaba considers herself a citizen of the universe, undefined by geographical, cultural or stylistic boundaries. It’s a distinction that suits her well, for a woman who has lived and performed all around the globe.
Tonye’s infectious spirit and lush voice ooze with the undeniable essence of love, tenderness and togetherness, the very spirit which infects her favourite albums from childhood. As her family moved from one small town to the next, it was artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston who were her steadfast friends. They not only taught her how to sing and to move, but how to live creatively, and how to express herself honestly through the universal language of music.
Tonye’s style is the worldly culmination of a life lived in pursuit of finding her true artistic voice. And now, with the release of her EP Solar Twin, Tonye has found her musical home, a place she feels most comfortable. It’s a collection of songs that best express who she’s always been. Tonye writes all of her own music, but it’s with her band that their classic, soul infused R&B has found their form. Her pure, lush voice dances across addictive melodies, flowing with an undeniable groove, touched by hip hop flourishes that even the most pop centric purist can’t deny. A unique blend of sounds, experiences and artistry, brought to life through engaging, dynamic and in demand live performances.
TOM LANDA (MEXICO)
Jarana, Guitar, Vocals
In his relatively short time on the planet, Tom has been a musician, an actor, a radio host, a festival organizer and artistic director, an emcee (not the hip-hop type), a composer, a Canada Council recipient, a JUNO award winner, a photographer, a major label recording artists, a booking agent, a manager, a music producer, a record label owner, a music journalist, a waiter, a father, and even a lawyer. He also cooks a mean chile relleno.
Tom was born in Mexico, although his mother is Canadian of Irish ancestry. He is a San Patricio through and through. Like him, his music is a mixture of genres and cultures. Tom has spent the last 19 years touring the world with his JUNO Award (the Canadian Grammy) wining group, The Paperboys. That band has garnered critical acclaim on every one of the 9 records they have released. Known for their high energy shows that combine Celtic, Mexican Son, Folk, Pop and Bluegrass in a contemporary manner, the boys and girl are a festival and club favourite all over North America and Europe.
The Paperboys have been signed to Warner Music Canada, Stony Plain Records, True North Records, Red House Records, Stockfish Records and Jericho Beach Music.
In addition to The Paperboys, Tom is also known and respected as a singer songwriter. His work has been featured in several movies including 'Marine Life', Lunch With Charles, Lucky 7 and the documentary Pedal Driven.
In 2005 Tom was the recipient of a Canada Council Grant to study Son Jarocho in Xalapa, Mexico.
In 2011 Tom debuted his new band, Locarno. Their CD Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos has been met with rave reviews and was nominated for a WCMA (Western Canadian Music Award) in 2012. The music focuses on Latin Music idioms such as Son Jarocho and Son Cubano and once again features original compositions alongside traditional tunes. The band is a huge hit at jazz and folk festivals in the US and Canada. They have toured extensively, including a recent tour of Mexico.
In 2016 Locarno released 'Luz y Sombra' and the CD was nominated for a WCMA.
Tom has also been a feature Emcee at several events including The Vancouver Folk Music Festival which he has hosted 4 times. He's had several TV appearances with both Locarno and The Paperboys in Europe and North America. He's also hosted his own radio special on CBC Radio in Canada.
Tom was the founder and Artistic Director of The Vancouver Celtic Festival and Victoria Celtic Festival for 7 years. He started and ran his own music booking agency, Stomp Productions and his own record label Stompy Discs. He has booked his own music series in Vancouver and been invited as panelist at The Folk Alliance Conference. He also wrote a music column for The Celtic Connection Newspaper for 2 years.
In his spare time he is a talented photographer who's had showings in Vancouver and Seattle. Some of his photographs have been featured in both print media and online magazines.
When not doing all of these things, Tom is a loving father to a 8 year old boy and lives in Vancouver with his wife.
KURAI BLESSING (AFRICA)
Mbira, Vocals, Percussion
Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1976 in the village of Mutimbanyoka, in Murewa district, Zimbabwe. With an exceptional interest as a young child he began playing mbira at the age of six. This keen learner watched while his father, uncles and other village elders played mbira in traditional ceremonies and soon he began his journey as a young child singing, dancing, playing mbira and drums in traditional ceremonies and other village gatherings.
In 1994 Kurai moved to the city of Harare where he joined the cultural group Savannah Arts where he learned to play marimba and trained as an actor. Here he facilitated and coordinated the Streets Ahead programme which focused on teaching street youth to play marimba. In 1995 he participated in The Youth Forum and taught cultural arts in Copenhagen, and Arhus, Denmark.
In 1998 Kurai toured West Africa and Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire and opened for Cesaria Evora. In 2000 he joined Theatre Talipot in Reunion Island performing in the production, Passage, which also toured South Africa, France and Scotland.
Kurai immigrated to Vancouver in 2002 where he began his Canadian musical journey. Here he began teaching at the Britannia World Music Program facilitating and instructing children, youth and adults marimba classes until 2010. He continues to facilitate and instruct marimba, singing, mbira and drumming workshops across Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Canada, North America and Europe.
Kurai also continues to perform as the lead musician with the group ZimbaMoto and Zhambai Trio. As a solo act, Kurai also tours the world performing and teaching, singing, marimba and mbira at festivals as WOMAD, ZimFest and Montreal Jazz Festival.
PEDRO MOTA (MEXICO)
Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
The Canadian producer Pedro Mota started his journey at the age of 8 when he first got an encounter with music. As he grew up, he developed a passion for all types of media arts and decided to take his passion to a professional level.
Pedro has toured with different bands around Canada, US, Mexico and Europe. He has been a producer for events such as One Voice Vancouver and Youth Impact among many others. He is now currently working in his own studio producing and training people and along with his wife, Marelly.
KALISSA LANDA (BC/CHILE)
Perhaps one of the most common questions a people ask Kalissa when she plays her instrument is, “is that a fiddle or the violin?” What’s the difference?” All jokes aside that usually follow this question, Kalissa’s answer will eventually tell folks she is a fiddler through and through. That is not to say that she doesn’t play classical music, or Jazz, or spent years of her life taking violin lessons. What it does say, is that she has dedicated her life to playing, honouring and preserving the fiddle tradition. That tradition includes several styles such as Irish, Old Time Canadian, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Texas Swing, Celtic, Metis, Bluegrass, Country, Son Huasteco and Son Jarocho.
Kalissa has had a lot of musical accomplishments for her tender age. This is no surprise as she began playing violin at the age of 3. By age 12, she made musical history when she was the youngest person ever to win the title of ‘BC Provincial Fiddle Champion’. She is a four time Top Ten finalist at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition, and her recent work has been nominated for an Independent Music Award and a Western Canada Music Award
She began taking lessons with Yasuko Eastman and Sydney Humphreys. Her Fiddling mentors have included Oliver Schroer, Jerry Holland, Calvin Vollrath, Gordon Stobbe, Daniel Lapp, and John Arcand. Kalissa has also had may opportunities to participate and perform in masterclasses led by renown artists such as, Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Buddy MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Ian Fraser, Brian Hebert, April Verch, and Catriona MacDonald. In addition she has also been a guest teacher at several fiddle camps across Canada, as well as the BC Fiddle Orchestra (House of Music) and has taught at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Victoria.
Kalissa has two CD’s to her name: Sisters and Later Than Last. In February 2009 she did an extensive tour of England and Ireland in support of these recordings and in May of 2009, Kalissa joined forces with The Paperboys, the Juno Award winning ensemble from Vancouver, BC. She has since toured with them in Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, England, Canada and The US. Her fiddling and step-dancing has been a great addition to the Folk Fest favourites, and a recent review of a show in Mannheim Germany, called Kalissa the highlight of the show.
Mrs Landa (née Hernandez), is part Latina. Born in Canada to a Chilean father and a Canadian mother, Kalissa grew up in a multi-cultural home where traditional South American music and Cape Breton fiddle music blared from the speakers of the home stereo. In 2011 Kalissa dug deeper into her Latin Roots and helped launch the band Locarno. Their music has been described as “a groove-heavy mix of Mexican Folk, Cuban Son, and Latin Soul”. Locarno’s debut CD Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos, which prominently features Kalissa, has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and Indie Award. Summer of 2012 will see her playing at several Jazz and Folk Festivals throughout North America, including the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Victoria Jazz Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, and Toronto Jazz Fest.
Kalissa has spent her entire life surrounded by music and playing the fiddle since before she could form full sentences. It’s a journey that has taken her all over the world and afforded her some amazing opportunities and some wild and crazy experiences. She loves that lifestyle and the balance between teaching and performing. Her current focus is on writing music for a new CD, touring and teaching, mastering the art of Italian cooking and coming up with more witty comebacks to the question, “is that a fiddle or a violin?’ She lives in Vancouver with her husband and little boy.
JEANSE LE DOUJET
Born and raised in the small town of Pontivy in Brittany, France, JeanSe got his musical education started at the youngest age with his dad, Patrick, who was teaching music at home from down to dusk. He was first introduced to piano and quickly developed a good musical ear. At age 15 he finally picked up an old bass that was sitting in his dad’s music room and that was it!
From high school rock bands to university metal, jazz, pop projects, JeanSe broadened his musical horizons by playing as many styles as possible, but also by mixing his influences so he could bring more than just a bass line to the music he was playing.
His Acupuncture studies brought him to Vancouver, Canada, in 2011 where he planned on focusing mainly on Chinese Medicine. But after a few months, the need to play music kicked in again. He then started playing with friends, jam sessions and small projects. In 2014, once school was over, he started (again) his career as musician and acupuncturist, and quickly grew into the Vancouver music community, touring around BC and Europe.
ROBIN LAYNE (BC)
Marimba, Congas, Percussion
Over the past eight years Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent touring engagements have led him to Mexico, Italy, China, 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. He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Tambura Rasa, and Mazacote and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Recent highlights include working with Juno Award winning artists Quique Escamilla, The Paperboys, Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Alpha Yaya Diallo, Celso Machado and Silk Road Music.
Equally at home on a festival stage or in a classroom, Robin strongly believes that the gift of music should be accessible to everyone. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the Britannia World Rhythms for Youth Society. He also recently started the Vancouver World Music Festival in 2015 with Tom Landa. In his spare time, Robin is working on his solo album featuring original compositions for marimba.