Idiot Fish live at Art Boutiki is the 11th release from 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. The first Idiot Fish recording featured Frank Martin on keyboards, Hristo Vitchev on guitar and Joe Costatnini on bass The second recording entitled Idiot Fish is a stripped down trio and it’s a fusion tour de force featuring Schnalle, Vitchev and bassist Dan Robbins. Schnalle’s compositions are fueled by the best of fusion traditions yet they are fresh and forward-looking. The latest version of Idiot Fish features Bassoonist Paul Hanson. And he uses the latest computer/music technology to a dream he has been striving to realize for decades of achieving harmonic content as well as other sounds emanating from his usual acoustic drum set. Intriguing compositions, virtuosic soloists and cutting edge tech come together to create an intriguing musical experience. And live Idiot Fish shows include a host of projected visuals to enhance the experience. Many of these are audio reactive in real time to Schnalle’s electro/acoustic drum set.