Larry Graves

Larry Graves


Larry is teaching Drum Kit Technique and Intro to Jazz Improvisation, conducting The Melting Pot and leading West African Drumming Ensemble and Jam 45.

"Excellent teacher. Very passionate about the music. Fun class. Well structured." Participant, 2016 LFM camp

Juno-nominated multi-percussionist, drummer and composer Larry Graves has dedicated himself to innovation, exploring rhythm-based performance traditions from around the world through research, creation and teaching. After studying performance and composition at the Berklee College of Music, he was charmed by the deep sounds and wondrous polyrhythms of West Africa. This led him on several journeys to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal to further explore music, dance and language.

Graves’ musical projects have received support from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and he was nominated for a Juno Award in 2007 for his work with the Toronto-based World-beat ensemble, Mr. Something Something.

Larry currently co-leads original music-making groups, The Libation Street Band and YELLING AT CLOUDS; performs as a sideman with various Toronto artists such as Nate Mills, Erika Werry, Donné Roberts and The Coppins Trickbag; teaches drum set and percussion at York University and creates music for various contemporary dance organizations in Toronto. Larry also runs a private drumming instruction program and drum rental company from his home and prefers travelling around on two wheels.

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