Vibes x 2 Quartet

Saturday - December, 07 @ 10:00pm

What's better than one vibraphone on stage? Two vibraphones on stage. Vibraphonists Nihco Gallo and Paul Heckel join forces to present a wide variety of jazz standards, originals, improvisational riffs and some things only possible with two vibraphones. They will be collaborating with drummer Mike Walsh and bassist John Hunter. Music that's fun, energetic and fun to watch.
Vibes x 2 Quartet:
Nihco Gallo - Vibraphone
Paul Heckel - Vibraphone
Mike Walsh - Drums
John Hunter - Bass
Nihco Gallo has been playing vibraphone in NH and ME for over a decade, developing an improvisational and compositional style merging influences from minimal music to contemporary jazz. While studying engineering at the University of New Hampshire, Gallo was awarded the Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society. Later that year, he spent a semester at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, studying under renowned Hungarian percussionist Bela Zsoldos. Since graduation, Gallo has established a wide presence on the seacoast and beyond, including associations with Chris Klaxton, Sig Shalome, and Ayan Imai-Hall. Additionally he has lead many of his own projects, including a trio, a wide range of duos, and several ensembles dedicated to performing music from South and Central America.
Paul Heckel has been an active freelance vibraphonist in the New England jazz scene for over 30 years. He has had the opportunity to play with many world-renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joe Williams and Buddy DeFranco. He also plays with many well-known regional players such as John Hunter, Charlie Jennison, Nate Therrien and Tim Webb. He has a wide-ranging repertoire of jazz standards and other tunes that includes compositions by Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson, Keith Jarrett, Gary Burton, Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck, Radiohead and many others.
Mike Walsh has been a student of drumming for over 30 years. For the past 20 years, Mike has been a NH Seacoast–based full-time drum instructor and performer. In 1999, Mike graduated from UNH with a B.M. in Music Performance. While at UNH, Mike studied with Bob Gullotti, Les Harris Jr., and Nancy Smith. In recent years, Mike has continued private studies with Dave Dicenso, Steve Michaud, Dan Weiss, and Peter Moutis. Mike is currently the drummer for several Seacoast bands, including Mother Superior and The Sliding Royales, The Texas Governor and The Experiments, Equal Time, Fiveighthirteen, Weird Turn Pro, and Tiger Belly. Earlier in his career, Mike performed and recorded with The Amorphous Band, Analog Method, Hipology, and Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica. The last 20 years of performing music have brought Mike performing throughout New England as well as New York City, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Mexico City. Mike is a drum instructor at PMAC and Shaker Road School in Concord, NH. When not performing or teaching drums, Mike also works part-time at The Drum Center of Portsmouth.
John Hunter has performed in concerts and television appearances from Maine to San Francisco while accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, James Williams, Louis Bellson, Milt Jackson, Joe Williams, Paquito d’Rivera, Marian McPartland, Jeff Coffin, Wycliff Gordon, and Mike Metheny.  He has accompanied singers Toni Tenille, Maureen McGovern, and The Four Freshmen, and also appeared with such diverse groups as the Broadway touring company of “A Chorus Line” and the Los Angeles Opera a la Carte. He toured and recorded for many years with the Shaw Brothers, and is presently a member of the Seacoast Big Band and the Capital Jazz Orchestra, which toured the eastern U.S with Ken Peplowski in the fall of 2013. His teaching credits include faculty positions since 1979 at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, the University of Maine at Augusta, the N.H. Summer Youth Music School, and numerous clinics and workshops at colleges and public schools throughout the Northeast.

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