Marc Atkinson

Shows

marc atkinson quartet

The performance includes everything from flashy, rapid-fire playing, to swooning ballads, to stage antics, humorous stories and the good-time feel that comes with watching musicians challenge themselves and have a lot of fun.

marc atkinson trio

The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring. The many original Marc Atkinson compositions are jewels in Canadian guitar repertoire.

Reviews

“top-drawer picking… an inventive composer…a truly original voice.”” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“ . . . this CD is a delight to listen to. Anyone who is a fan of acoustic guitar music should definitely grab a copy of III.” – The Hot Club UK

“Every tune is a jewel.” – Dutch Hot Club de France

 “Amazing players”  “Supremely melodic” – Penguin Eggs Magazine

 “This is the third Marc Atkinson Trio album and while the first two showed him as someone with all the panache to hack it with the best, this lifts matters to out-of-the-ordinary, not only for the polished sheen of the performance, but for the sheer quality of the original compositions.” – Maverick Magazine – Scotland

 “They’re outstanding for their vitality, exuberance, elegance & melodic strength, and for the joy these three fine musicians share… Atkinson is a daring & inventive acoustic guitarist and a powerful force in the new roots/jazz movement.”- Toronto Star review

“a remarkable guitar player . . .innovative and dazzling” – Vancouver Province

“Cinque Terre rolls out like something Bach would write” – Vancouver Sun

Biography

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. 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.

The many original Marc Atkinson compositions are jewels in Canadian guitar repertoire. The first three CDs are still garnering international attention for its stunning compositions and extraordinary guitar dexterity The Marc Atkinson Trio II was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The Marc Atkinson Trio III was nominated in 2006 for an Outstanding Album Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The Marc Atkinson Trio IV pushes the boundaries of this instrumental group even further than the first 2 CDs. It is a technically demanding, melodic and rhythmically pulsing 50 minutes of music. The CD includes 11 Marc Atkinson original compositions and one impressive rearrangements of Russian Rag.  The compositions glide seamlessly from unusual beauty, to raucous rhythm. If you are a lover of the guitar, instrumental music or just music, you will love this recording.

Marc Atkinson, a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger/producer, is one of Canada’s most talented musicians. His catchy compositions, found on the self-titled CDs, 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. 

Discography

the marc atkinson Trio: IV

the marc atkinson Trio: III

the marc atkinson Trio: II

the marc atkinson Trio: I

Trail of Tales (The Bills)

Marc’s website

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