For Joy Lapps and Larnell Lewis, rhythm is a way of life.

Lapps is a steelpannist, composer and educator who recently released her fifth album Girl in the YardThe all-original blend of samba, West African sounds, Afro-Caribbean and contemporary music pays tribute to the women in her life who have helped develop her mastery of the steelpan.

Larnell Lewis is a drummer, composer and educator whose most recent album Relive the Moment features reinterpretations of six of the original compositions from his Juno-nominated debut. Lewis is also a member of the multiple Grammy-winning group Snarky Puppy, who are about to release their new album Empire Central.

The married couple are both part of Flow Fest, an international drumming festival at the Rose Theatre in Brampton.

Lapps and Lewis joined us together to talk about the highly personal stakes that went into Girl in the Yard, the teamwork it takes to make a Snarky Puppy record, and the intrinsically communal spirit of rhythmic instruments.