The Embassy of Canada, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and DC Jazz Festival are proud to present a special concert with world-renowned drummer Larnell Lewis, as part of the DC Jazz Festival's year-round “Embassy Series”, through which international artists perform under the DCJF umbrella in partnership with the foreign embassy community in Washington, DC.
For this unique solo performance Larnell plays music from his album "Relive The Moment" and features steel pan player, composer and educator Joy Lapps-Lewis on her original composition called "Chrome Beauty". Joy talks about steel pan history, and Larnell talks about his compositions and some of the equipment used during the set (electronic drums specifically).
The concert is free but registration is required - RSVP here to receive the viewing link.
This performance is made possible by support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Larnell Lewis is a Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. Based in Toronto, has established himself among the most diverse and in-demand drummers in the world.
Since 2012, Larnell has been playing with three time Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy. Larnell leads successful ensembles of his own and has toured the globe with highly reputable contemporary musicians, including Quincy Jones, Laila Biali, Jeremy Ledbetter, Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Benny Golson, Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lisa Fisher, Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, and more. Larnell’s immense talent, fierce creativity, and evolving musical style keep him in-demand as a collaborator for artists internationally.
In June 2018, Larnell independently released his debut album, In The Moment. This project explores Larnell’s deep connection to jazz, fusion, and his Afro-Caribbean roots. The album features performances from a wide range of musicians such as fellow Snarky Puppy band mates Shaun Martin, Mark Lettieri, Juno Award winners Mike Downes, Robi Botos, and many others. His latest release, Relive The Moment, (Nov. 2020) is a reimagining of his compositions from In The Moment, with new drum performances, recorded at Jukasa Studios. In addition to his success as recording artist, performer, and director, Larnell is a dedicated Music Educator. He is a Professor of Music at Humber College, Canada’s most respected institution for post-secondary music education.
Whether performing on the world stage with internationally acclaimed artists, or playing local gigs in Toronto, Larnell Lewis is consistently a passionate and joyful creator, as well as one of the most skilled, musical drummers today. Larnell Lewis is endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian, Promark, Evans, D’Addario, Prologix, and Latin Percussion.