Over the past decade and a half, Juno nominated percussionist Robin Layne has steeped himself in rhythmic traditions around the world. His search for rhythm and folkloric traditions has led him to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, Mexico, and beyond. He brings these influences to bear in his compositions that are inspired by his travels. 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. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society.
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, Victoria Jazz Fest, Arts Wells Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
He has become a regular fixture on the BC festival circuit, and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Robin currently performs solo and with his band, Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers, as well as Locarno, The BC World Music Collective and more. He was the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the Vancouver World Music Festival for five years.
Robin is endorsed by Balter Mallets and represented by Kim Thé at Pebble Star Artists