Dr. Draw is known as the first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic music culture. His style is difficult to describe as his history with music and culture spans an eccentric lifetime. From playing for royalty in Prague to creating near chaos at the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival to playing luxury brand events like Chloé and Dom Pérignon, Dr. Draw inspires kudos wherever he plays. Lately, his reputation is growing eastward. Performances have included playing in Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and a spate of Louis Vuitton events in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea.
Performing in such frenetic locales energizes the performer time and time again, allowing him to repeatedly “creatively interact with cultures all across the world.” The result is a constantly evolving musical style that brings together the seemingly disparate elements of classical violin, jazz-rock fusion, folk, and pop into a riveting masala that feeds the soul and invigorates audiences.
“Dr. Draw stole the show with his infectious performance of high energy, piping out a mix of classical and house musical sounds from his electric violin. The show allegedly literally brought some to tears.”
Dr. Draw and BSMNT (Jeff-Antoine Coté) are long-time collaborators and have recently decided to give life to an experimental electronic project called Tokka. Tokka's sounds borrow from both musician's backgrounds and talents, utilizing software, synths, pedals, and live instruments to create an electronic experience that leaves an impression. Their EP is to be released in early 2015.
THE STRANGE PARADE
Sri Lanka is Dr. Draw's 'second home'; it is a constant source of inspiration and the birthplace of The Strange Parade collaborative. Each time the artist visits Sri Lanka, he plays at a number of venues and events, but says that his performances with the children there are what have affected him most. While playing for and performing with terminally ill children and youth struggling with poverty and mental disorders, Dr. Draw was inspired to create a show that would transport minds to a magical universe. The collective consists of a full Dr. Draw band, circus performers, dancers, and live painters. The Strange Parade has performed several times in Toronto and is now focusing outward with the intent of bringing some full-scale entertainment to less fortunate corners.
“You play like Jimi Hendrix!”
“Dr. Draw is one of those rare performers who can appeal to such a wide cross section from teens to families to seniors, equally male and female that he is always a highlight at any festival or event.”