“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
Idiot fish is a totally immersive experience. Their combined acoustic palette ranges from the familiar and classic sounds of piano, guitars and drums to 21st century electronica created via cutting edge technology. Wally Schnalle's compositions are fresh and forward thinking yet are steeped in the best of jazz-fusion traditions. Frank Martin on keys. Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass are a virtuosic team bringing Schnalle’s creations to life.
Idiot Fish is the creation drummer/composer Wally Schnalle. It’s a project that has been brewing since 2010 when it first appeared live at San Jose Jazz Fest. After many incarnations, technological learning curves and compositional evolutions it has finally recorded. Featuring Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Dan Robbins on bass, it’s a fusion tour de force. Idiot Fish has toured in Untied States and Asia. Schnalle’s compositions are fueled by the best of fusion traditions yet they are fresh and forward-looking. And he 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.