"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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Previous events

Nov18

Wally Schnalle Quintet Salutes Art Blakey

Cafe Stritch, 374 South 1st Street, San Jose

What an honor to play this great music with this wonderfull ensemble.

Charles Mcneal - Sax Joel Behrman - Trumpet David Udolf - Piano Ron Belcher - Bass Wally Schnalle - Drums

We will be playing the whole Moanin' album and a few other Blakey favorites of mine.

Sep10

Wally Schnalle's Idiot Fish 3

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Asian Tour

Hong Kong Jazz Festival JZ Jazz Club Beishan International Jazz Fest Bangkok Jazz Festival

Jul23

Wally Schnalle's Funkatorium

Sunnyvale Jazz and Beyond, Murphy Street, Sunnyvale

Bringing it to the Streets! Saturday July 23rd Jeff Massanari, John Garcia on guitars, Myron Dove on bass and yours truely on drums will be on Murphy Street in Sunnyvale playing funk and blues classics as well as a few original compositions. Its a party in the street with all the restaurants involved. Food and beverages abound and so will the grooves. COME ON DOWN.....ITS FREE!!!!

More Info @ http://www.sunnyvaledowntown.com/jazz--beyond.html

Jun20

San Jose Jazz Summer Camp

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Valley Christian High School

Once again I am honored to be the Director of this fine Camp. And along with our usual stellar staff we will have trumpet player Etienne Charles joining us. Go to www.sanjosejazz.org for more info

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!

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