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 poly-rhythms 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.
Graves currently directs his ensembles, DRUMHAND, Surefire Sweat, and Orkestra Gatigo, performs as a sideman with various Toronto artists such as Donné Roberts, The Urban Highlanders, and Autorickshaw, teaches drum set and percussion at York University, and creates music for various contemporary dance organizations in Toronto.