"Few Bay Area musicians have done more to push fusion in creative directions in recent decades than Schnalle"
Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mecury News October 2015
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"Wally Schnalle fuses head and heart like few other musicians working today - making the abstract accessible, the complex communal, and delivering deep, soulful grooves with an effortlessness that belies their often fiercely technical foundations" Dave Constantin, DRUM! Magazine
"Fierce modern jazz chops.." Adam Budofsky , Modern Drummer
Lightning fast licks, sleight-of-hand stickwork or pummeling power displays—Wally Schnalle is capable of doing all those things and more. What sets him apart from the pack, however, is his unerring musicality, his ability to make his drums speak in multiple tongues—fluently. Most importantly, he is committed to musical growth.” Nicky Baxter, The Metro, San Jose, California
“Schnalle grooves with grit and grace.....Schnalle’s quartet is awesome.” Chuck Berg ,JazzTimes
“this is major league jazz played with verve, dedication and a whole lot of talent.” Dick Bogle, The Skanner, Seattle/Portland
“Sultry and seductive, these percussion based tunes are sly and tricky.” Babysue, Atlanta
“Schnalle is a serious force on drums. He plays with terrific energy and the kind of controlled abandon needed to propel his hard- driving compositions.” Joel Roberts AllAboutJazz.com
“Schnalle is a powerful drummer who can get in tight behind a soloist and enhance without getting in the way.”Robert Tate, JazzNow
“One of the few drummers that can drive around all sides of the beat.” The Davis Enterprise, Davis, California 

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Idiot Fish Critics 

"Ever wonder what would have happened if Josef Zawinul had teamed with  Pat Metheny instead of Wayne Shorter to form Weather Report? I think it would sound a lot like this hot album by drummer Wally Schnalle."
                        Greorge Harris, JazzWeekly
 
“Idiot Fish” is a dramatic assault on the outposts of fusion who many considered abandoned. In fact, fusion remains alive and kicking on this album with Schnalle and company kicking it hard. Schnalle knows how to write it and this band most assuredly knows how to play it.”
                        Travis Rogers, JazzTimes
 
“Wally Schnalle has created a new level of sound for the next generation, stunning!”
                        Brent Black, criticaljazz.com
 
“About as avant garde and creative as jazz gets”
                        Grady Harp, Amazon.com
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West Coast Tour 2015

February 22 Alvas Show Room, San Pedro, CA

www.alvasshowroom.com
March 28 Art Boutiki, San Jose, CA
http://www.artboutiki.com
Friday June 5, 7pm Ballard Jam House, Seattle, WA
http://www.ballardjamhouse.com
Advance ticket sales - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1448298
Saturday June 6, 9pm Christo’s, Salem, OR
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Advance ticket sales - 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1448581
Apr29

Wally Schnalle Idiot Fish 3 CD Release Concerrt

Cafe Pink House, 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA

2 NIGHTS APRIL 29 AND 30 I am very excited to share this new music with you all. Idiot Fish continues to evolve and we are almost done with the new recording. I am so pleased about the way this recording is coming out. Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass are taking it to a whole new level on this recording. And the hydrid electro/acoustic/percussive/harmonic drum set concept is better than ever. Last time we played Cafe Pink House (A great venue to both play and hear music) it was sold out. Please get your tickets early as this will be a good one! ALL AGES!