“From the heartbeat comes voice and rhythm.”
Don Laurin uses his hands and his voice to produce music whose elements range from Delta Blues & Homegrown Funk to Yoruba chant. An avid street performer, he has taken the raw sound of a busker and blended it into a driving rhythmic poetry reminiscent of Gil Scott-Heron.
Originally from Tampa, Don Laurin began playing percussion as a drummer for Dundu Dole West African Ballet & with the Kuumba Dancers and Drummers. While playing in those companies, Don began to study with Myron Jackson, Gumbi Ortiz and Freddy Montes.
His artistic journey has taken him around the world. In 1997, he joined Island Breeze and performed with them in Impact World Tour ’97 (USA); Impact World Tour ’98 (Brazil) and Impact World Tour ’99 (India).
Though he loves all music, Don counts: Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Country, DJ/Electronica and Karnatak music as musical favorites. He’s a member of the band Othello’s Delight and The Ethnomusicologists Ltd. Co.
Don has been featured locally at: Famously Hot New Year 2017/2018, Columbia Museum of Art 2016 Gala and here at Tapp’s on Main with the EcoFab Trashion Show 2017. You may even have seen Don Laurin at the Soda City Farmer’s Market on a Saturday.
Be ever grateful and ever faithful.
hosted and produced by Al Black and Mind Gravy Productions