Pheeroan akLaff engages music through ritual and imagination. He believes that the arts are a way to give thanks and to work for change. As a contributor to creative music and interdisciplinary mediums since 1976, his performances and recordings include tours of Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. His work is exalted with Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill, Sonny Sharrock, Yamashita Yosuke, Liu Sola, Andrew Hill, Mike Nock, James Newton, Anthony Braxton, and Tom Pierson. He is a co-founder of Seed Artists Inc. to further arts within communities. Pheeroan has mentored many great drummers and students at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and led workshops worldwide.