Check out an example of Larry's awesome program: Instant Ensemble!
Larry began playing
drums in the 1950’s when he was inspired by Mouseketeer Cubby’s pots and pans
performance on the original Mickey Mouse Club.
While performing in school bands, orchestras, and big bands, Larry led
several high school garage bands in the New York City area before studying
percussion at SUNY at Buffalo and earning a BA degree in Music and Arts
Production. He then moved to Southern
California to work as a studio drummer and to attend CalArts for western
percussion, world music, and composition where he received a Master of Fine
Arts degree. He is a co-founder of the
internationally acclaimed Repercussion Unit and was one of their principal
composers as well as producer for several recordings. He has performed in major venues including
the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City,
and the Los Angeles Music Center as well as in numerous settings in Germany
with the Unit. In addition to percussion performance, Larry now enjoys singing
and playing ukulele accompanied by self-generated percussion loops.
Mr. Stein is the
creator and presenter of many arts-in-education programs including “The Sound
Idea,” “The Feeling Eye,” “The Alive Ensemble,” and “The Arts Circus.” He now
performs and facilitates creative percussion workshops with fellow Repercussion
Unit member Gregg Johnson and Pulse Drumming co-owner and instructor Trey
O’Toole with “Instant Ensemble.” For
more than 35 years, Larry has been associated with the national Young Audiences
organization with particular focus on program design, teaching artist training,
and interactive media documentation including directing the development of the
Arts for Learning website in 1999, the first site in the field to integrate
video with web pages. He also has been a
consultant to the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles, the
California Arts Council, the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, and the
National Endowment for the Arts, AIE Program.
He served as board member for the California Alliance for Arts Education
and now participates in the CREATE CA arts and education reform movement.
Larry produced the
1984 Olympic Arts Contemporary Music Festival, CalArts Contemporary and World
Music Festivals, New Music America ‘85, the International Festival of Masks
Parade, and the John Cage 75th Birthday Celebration and Jazz and
Gospel Concerts for the Los Angeles Festivals in 1987 and 1990.