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Marc Atkinson Trio


Marc Atkinson is one of Canada's finest JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. He is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and performer in the acclaimed, The Bills). The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring. Embracing a lifetime of musical influences, Marc and the Trio have just released their fourth CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV, praised as the finest yet. The compositions on this CD are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. The Trio, formed in 2000, has toured North America, England and Europe and has received standing ovations everywhere they perform from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Vancouver International Folk Festival to DjangoFest Northwest.

Marc Atkinson TrioMarc Atkinson, a multi-instrumentalist /composer/ arranger/ producer, is one of Canada's most talented musicians. His catchy compositions, found on the self-titled CDs I, II, III and now IV take guitar beyond the usual repertoire and sound. The tunes have a fiery but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. All this while still maintaining the laidback humour and casual 'good time feel' of Canada's West Coast. Atkinson's picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.


Put this leader and his trio solidly in the top ten of the world's working string trios (Rosenberg Trio, Trio Balkan Strings, Bell/Meyer/Bush, Austria's Triology and Iceland's Guitar Islancio among them) and there's a pantheon of pure playful--and tuneful--pleasure.
Jurgen Goethe CBC (Disc Drive)

"I'd compare it to the music David Grisman made with the late Jerry Garcia."
Robert Reid - Guelph Mercury

"Atkinson backs up his jaw-dropping technique with real -- and really good -- music. Check the Spanish-sounding, rapid-fire arpeggios opening "Bright Eyed Waltz" as it transforms into a fun, twirling turn. "Walker" is absolutely dazzling. Expertly backed by Chris Frye on guitar and Joey Smith on bass, this is exuberantly fresh and sparkling, a wonderful gem."
John P. Mclaughlin - The Vancouver Province


Sample tracks from all of the Trio's CD's can be found here.

Web Site

Marc Atkinson's web site.