Larry Graves is a Juno-nominated multi-percussionist, drummer, and composer. Larry has dedicated himself to the exploration and innovation of rhythm-based performance traditions from around the world through research, creation, and education. 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.
Larry has led numerous original music projects including DRUMHAND, Surefire Sweat and The Libation Street Band. He also performs as a side-person with various Toronto artists such as Donné Roberts and Moneka Arabic Jazz, teaches drum set and percussion at York University, and creates music for various contemporary dance organizations in Toronto. Larry runs a private drumming instruction program from his home, spends time cycling around Toronto, and builds LEGO with his son.