BIOGRAPHY + CV

Drummer and composer Kevin Romain has established himself as one of the most in-demand drummers in Vancouver’s creative music scene.

After relocating from Windsor, ON in 2007, Romain studied jazz and contemporary music at Vancouver Community College. Since then he has toured regularly across North America as well as Europe and West Africa. He has studied with Mark Guiliana, Tomas Fujiwara, Bernie Arai and Dylan Van Der Schyff, and has shared the stage with notable musicians such as new music luminary Anthony Braxton and the late legendary Senegalese percussionist Doudou N’Diaye Rose. Since the summer of 2015, Romain has travelled to Dakar, Senegal to study Sabar music and perform in the Deggi Daaj Festival of Drumsets and Dance, completed a solo residency at the prestigious Banff Center in Alberta, received a professional development grant from the BC Arts Council to study in New York City for six months, and played two full scale tours in the USA. Romain is now based in East Vancouver and maintains a presence in Brooklyn’s creative music scene. He can be heard performing regularly with art pop ensemble Only A Visitor, new music iconoclasts We Just Stole A Car, and indie rock group Mega Bog among many others, and also leads three jazz ensembles. Romain has garnered acclaim as a unique voice on the drum set and is currently interested in exploring the application of polyrhythmic vocabulary in improvisation.

Selected Discography

 

– Only A Visitor – Lines (2017)

– Twin Rains – Automatic Hand (2016)

– Only A Visitor – Tower Temporary (2015)

– Kevin Romain’s Free Time Trio – Live at Destroy Vancouver (2015)

– Sprïng – Celebrations (2014)

– Fist Full O’ Snacks – s/t (2014)

– We Just Stole A Car – Chat Tambour (2013)

– Selina Koop and The Blank – Completely (2013)

– Albatross Trio – Her Body, Her Soul (2013)

– Bleating Hearts – s/t (2012)

– Robots On Fire – West Broadway Rundown (2012)

– Alien of Extraordinary Ability – Four Compositions for Three Instruments (2010)

– Selina Koop and The Blank – s/t (2010)

– We Just Stole A Car – Barn (2009)

– Purple and Grey Skeleton Shark – s/t (2008)

– Jay Merrow Septet – Pique (2006)

– What Seas, What Shores – Threnodies (2006)

– What Seas, What Shores – Vast Continents (2005)


 

Selected Festival Appearances

– Montreal, Toronto and Halifax Jazz festivals (2017)

– Vancouver International Jazz Festival (yearly 2010-2016)

– Winterruption, Vancouver BC (2017)

– Alianait, Iqaluit NU (2014, 2016)

– Sled Island, Calgary AB (2011, 2015)

­– Sound of Dragon Chinese Music Festival, Vancouver BC (2014)

– Rifflandia, Victoria BC (2014)

– Music Waste, Vancouver BC (2011, 2012)

– Campbell Bay Music Festival, Mayne Island BC (2013, 2015)

– Accordion Noir Festival, Vancouver BC (2014)

– Victoria Folk Fest, Victoria BC (2011)

– Powell St. Festival, Vancouver BC (2011, 2012)


 

Teaching History

– Freelance private drum kit and percussion instructor from 2004 to present

– Drum kit instructor at Creativ Music Center, North Vancouver from 2008-2011