Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
This was my third attempt at seeing Quattro. Fortunately, I was successful this time. Quattro is a seriously talented band that plays excellent music and is one of the best groups I’ve come across in a long time. The first time I heard their music, I was immediately drawn to their unique style. They fuse together elements of classical, jazz and Latin music with great results. They were the early opener at The Canyon for Jose Feliciano, so I made it a point to get there in time for their performance. They played an excellent set of music and I was glad to be able to see their entire show. It’s safe to say that each member is a virtuoso on their respective instruments. Their compositions and ideas are fresh and original.
They do a song using a typewriter to keep the beat. It’s pretty impressive. I hadn’t even heard the sound of a typewriter in over 20 years, so it was cool to hear one in a modern musical context instead of just pecking away typing out a book report, like I did in the 80s and 90s.
Most rock bands can squeak by with minimal talent, so it was refreshing to see a band that didn’t hardly resemble rock music, yet they completely rocked. If the masses understood what good music actually is, this band would be very successful and well known. Perhaps they will be someday – they sure deserve it. I haven’t heard such original, engaging music in a long time. I even bought something from their merch booth and I hardly ever do that at any of the shows I attend. I look forward to seeing them play live again and am interested in seeing if they will catch on in a big way. They definitely deserve to.
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More bands should be this good.
Giovanna Clayton (cello and vocals),
Lisa Dondlinger (violin and vocals),
Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar and vocals) and
Jorge Villanueva (percussion and vocals).