20 - February - 2019


Jazz - Percussion - Vocal - World - World Jazz
From Toronto, Ontario


Hands, sticks and mallets pound out old and new rhythms on weathered skins: evoking ancient forms of ‘messaging’ via global beats for dancing bodies and curious ears! The Toronto ensemble was founded by percussionists David Chan, Larry Graves and Steve Mancuso in 2008 in an effort to combine the circuitous rhythms of West Africa, Cuba, India and Brazil with the jazz-imbued horn work in the spirit of New Orleans parade bands and the uplifting spirit of American Roots Music.

With layered drumming and poly-meter at the core, many of DRUMHAND’s accessible and edgy compositions feature the one-stringed ‘stomach harp’ of Brazil or the box-shaped Gome foot-drum of West Africa alongside the woodwind explorations of Marcus Ali (Cruzao/Jason Wilson) and brass love of Rebecca Hennessy (Hobson’s Choice/Woodshed Orchestra). The group’s ‘folkloric’-style vocals appear in a variety of languages and sometimes offer audiences a part in the show.

With their fourth album, Contretemps, of original worldly sounds (supported by The Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council) coming out in the spring of 2014, DRUMHAND is becoming increasingly known for innovative orchestrations, dynamic and uplifting performance energy, and artistic accessibility for audiences of all ages. Their unique inclusiveness can be experienced in concert at festivals, school performances, music venues, street parties, workshops**, and nightclubs across Canada and the US.
2013 was a landmark year for DRUMHAND, with the success of their third release, CHEER ON THE SUN, and a happy-ending to an extensive tour of music festivals and concert venues across Canada. Recent performances include: 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Guelph International Jazz Festival and Nuit Blanche, SUNFEST (London, ON), The Markham Jazz Festival, Blue Skies Music Festival, and a 24-date tour of Western Canada.

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Drumland - Vaughan, Ontario Canada - Friday, April 4, 2014

On Stage For Kids - Almonte, Ontario Canada - Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Lunenburg Pub - Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Saturday, March 29, 2014

Resonance Cafe - Montréal, Quebec Canada - Friday, March 28, 2014

Band Members

Marcus Ali
David Chan
Larry Graves
Rebecca Hennessy
Steve Mancuso


Larry Graves
Email: drumhandmusic@gmail.com
Phone: 416 819 3786


wax-a-hot-one, 2013

wax-a-hot-one, 2012

Moving Still
wax-a-hot-one, 2010