"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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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

"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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Previous events

Jun15

San Jose Jazz Summer Camp

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I will be teaching at and Directing this middle school and high school musician jazz camp at Valley Christian High School in San Jose www.sanjosejazz.org

Jun6

Wally Schnalle's IF3

Christo's, Salem

IF3 Features Wally Schnalle on drums and electronics, Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass.

An offshoot of Wally's Idiot Fish group, this trio is evidence of the further evolution of Wally's technological and compositional boundary pushing style. Schnalle's compositions are fueled by the best of fusion traditions yet they are fresh and forward-looking. He also uses the latest computer/music technology to achieve a dream he has been striving to realize for decades of playing harmonic content as well as other sounds directly from his usual acoustic drum set. Intriguing compositions, virtuosic soloists and cutting edge tech come together to create an intriguing musical experience complete with projected audio reactive images.

"... fusion just doesn't get any better than this. it's most strongly recommended that you listen to this entire sonic extravaganza with headphones on, at least for the first sitting. I give Wally & his crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation.com

"Working sound bytes into delicate infusions of soul, jazz, and electronica, Schnalle nourishes an integrated field of sound that at once evokes seventies nostalgia and progressive futurism." Tyran Grillo, AllAboutJazz.com

"Wally Schnalle has created a new level of sound for the next generation, stunning!" Brent Black, criticaljazz.com

"drummer Wally Schnalle found an innovative approach to jazz-combining his love for traditional jazz sounds with cutting-edge electronica and marrying them into his latest project, Idiot Fish. Schnalle, who's been known for decades in the South Bay as a phenomenal '70s-style jazz-fusion drummer, does it all in this project: he plays the drums while also controlling the programming on the computers and other electronic devices he's playing along with." Amulya Datla, SanJose.com

"Schnalle even projects visuals on a screen during performances. Prepare to have your mind blown." Aaron Carnes, Metroactive

"Schnalle mixes the sound of live jazz with programmed electronica and synth from his drum set, creating a new blend of funk, jazz and electronica." Thyra Phan SanJose.com

Jun5

Wally Schnalle's IF3

Egan's Ballard Jam House, Seattle

IF3 Features Wally Schnalle on drums and electronics, Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass.

An offshoot of Wally's Idiot Fish group, this trio is evidence of the further evolution of Wally's technological and compositional boundary pushing style. Schnalle's compositions are fueled by the best of fusion traditions yet they are fresh and forward-looking. He also uses the latest computer/music technology to achieve a dream he has been striving to realize for decades of playing harmonic content as well as other sounds directly from his usual acoustic drum set. Intriguing compositions, virtuosic soloists and cutting edge tech come together to create an intriguing musical experience complete with projected audio reactive images.

"... fusion just doesn't get any better than this. it's most strongly recommended that you listen to this entire sonic extravaganza with headphones on, at least for the first sitting. I give Wally & his crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation.com

"Working sound bytes into delicate infusions of soul, jazz, and electronica, Schnalle nourishes an integrated field of sound that at once evokes seventies nostalgia and progressive futurism." Tyran Grillo, AllAboutJazz.com

"Wally Schnalle has created a new level of sound for the next generation, stunning!" Brent Black, criticaljazz.com

"drummer Wally Schnalle found an innovative approach to jazz-combining his love for traditional jazz sounds with cutting-edge electronica and marrying them into his latest project, Idiot Fish. Schnalle, who's been known for decades in the South Bay as a phenomenal '70s-style jazz-fusion drummer, does it all in this project: he plays the drums while also controlling the programming on the computers and other electronic devices he's playing along with." Amulya Datla, SanJose.com

"Schnalle even projects visuals on a screen during performances. Prepare to have your mind blown." Aaron Carnes, Metroactive

"Schnalle mixes the sound of live jazz with programmed electronica and synth from his drum set, creating a new blend of funk, jazz and electronica." Thyra Phan SanJose.com

Apr24

Wally Schnalle's IF3

San Pedro Square Market, san jose, CA

IF3 Features Wally Schnalle on drums and electronics, Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass.

An offshoot of Wally's Idiot Fish group, this trio is evidence of the further evolution of Wally's technological and compositional boundary pushing style. Schnalle's compositions are fueled by the best of fusion traditions yet they are fresh and forward-looking. He also uses the latest computer/music technology to achieve a dream he has been striving to realize for decades of playing harmonic content as well as other sounds directly from his usual acoustic drum set. Intriguing compositions, virtuosic soloists and cutting edge tech come together to create an intriguing musical experience complete with projected audio reactive images.

"... fusion just doesn't get any better than this. it's most strongly recommended that you listen to this entire sonic extravaganza with headphones on, at least for the first sitting. I give Wally & his crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation.com

"Working sound bytes into delicate infusions of soul, jazz, and electronica, Schnalle nourishes an integrated field of sound that at once evokes seventies nostalgia and progressive futurism." Tyran Grillo, AllAboutJazz.com

"Wally Schnalle has created a new level of sound for the next generation, stunning!" Brent Black, criticaljazz.com

"drummer Wally Schnalle found an innovative approach to jazz-combining his love for traditional jazz sounds with cutting-edge electronica and marrying them into his latest project, Idiot Fish. Schnalle, who's been known for decades in the South Bay as a phenomenal '70s-style jazz-fusion drummer, does it all in this project: he plays the drums while also controlling the programming on the computers and other electronic devices he's playing along with." Amulya Datla, SanJose.com

"Schnalle even projects visuals on a screen during performances. Prepare to have your mind blown." Aaron Carnes, Metroactive

"Schnalle mixes the sound of live jazz with programmed electronica and synth from his drum set, creating a new blend of funk, jazz and electronica." Thyra Phan SanJose.com

Sep8

Wally Schnalle

Yoshi's, Oakland

Nineteen is one of the Bay Area’s top professional jazz orchestras. A vital part of San Jose's jazz scene, Nineteen has an annual concert season that features world-class guest artists such as Dave Weckl, Mads Tolling, Ernie Watts, Jeff Lorber and Jerry Bergonzi.

Nineteen is pleased to feature virtuoso keyboardist and Oakland native Frank Martin and drummer extraordinaire Wally Schnalle. The group will perform original compositions by both artists as well as compositions by Nineteen musical director Eric Bolvin. To find more information about Nineteen, visit our website: http://www.nineteenjazz.com.

Age limit: All ages