Reviews

"Pleasurably eclectic and smoothly virtuosic, "Singing Wood" - the debut CD by Seattle Marimba Quartet - is a true listening delight. SMQ tackles classical, jazz and Latin repertoire with equal aplomb...Seductive stuff!"

- Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer

 

"Seattle Marimba Quartet will make you forget they use mallets: nuances of bowing and breathing abound. And when they add their hand percussion to the mix, be ready for a festival atmosphere that will leave a loopy perma-grin on your face!"

- Sean MacLean, Host of Classical 98.1 King FM's Northwest Focus LIVE


"SMQ - four intuitive musicians playing skillfully across interesting musical borders - Great fun!"

- Julie Spencer, Solo Marimba Artist/Composer


"SMQ performs at a very high level. Their presentation is a feast for the ears, eyes and imagination. Clearly the players are master percussionists and close friends who have found a magical blend of serious and entertaining repertory that showcases their enormous and diverse skills. They are a delight for audiences of all ages and musical sophistication."
- Scott A. Ketron, Artistic Director, Music Works Northwest


"For me, it doesn't take more than 20 seconds to know whether a musician is capable of doing well in music. With Craig, Chris, Brian and Christian, I knew right away that they were first-rate performers. You will be hearing a lot from them in the near future - as a group and individually!"
- Tom Collier, Professor of Percussion, University of Washington


"The SMQ Percussion Quartet is a very musical, accessible and highly interesting group of accomplished musicians headquartered in the Seattle area. Their fresh approach to traditional, contemporary and even global repertoire offers a unique stimulus package to listeners of all age levels."
- Marty Zyskowski, EWU Professor of Music (Emeritus)


"The SMQ Percussion Quartet is comprised of four outstanding percussionists who I knew quite well during their time at the University of Washington. Their musical and creative abilities will amaze you and their fresh synthesis of an eclectic array of styles is particularly appealing. Enjoy!"
- Timothy Salzman, Professor of Music, Conductor University of Washington Wind Ensemble