"...thank you and your group so much for an outstanding performance. Your music was excellent, I was dancing around my stall while I worked, it really made my morning...You really have a fabulous group." Clara Qualizza Meadow & Thicket Farm Flowers
"Sticks and Stone played a fantastic concert of our school. I am the Music Specialist at a K-4 school and this group had everyone engaged, bobbing along in their seats, learning, and enjoying the incredible sounds from the marimba. The musicians interacted so incredibly with the students, staff, and guests. It was a blast for everyone! I highly recommend Sticks and Stone for any school program, or any other type of event. They are spectacular!"
Tany Frigault. Landing Trail School
"We saw these guys play their hearts out with awesome and creative sound and with great humour! We enjoyed them and had a blast at Naked Cyber Cafe! I would go to see them again in a heartbeat!"
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We are a Canadian percussion trio centered on a marimba-band concept.
Sticks and Stone will bring you on a fun journey, taking you through a little of *every* style of music via the marimba (also known as the “grand piano of xylophones”) and other percussion instruments. Enjoy upbeat, danceable, melodic music from rich, earth-tone, marimba warmth. Expect to hear music you recognize from instruments you don’t... and also to be challenged with the unfamiliar!
Between his time at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan, freelance performances and busking, Stephen Stone experimented with percussion ensembles of various types. Three people on one marimba (or, two people on one marimba, with the third person on drum set) was a natural development from this, allowing for enjoyable performances and interactive fun. The group performs for every demographic, from 5 years old to 95, global to local, punk and polite.
In April 2017, the group became a more cohesive concept when it was invited to play for the 2017 Ford World Curling Championship, the Edmonton Motor Show, and the Festival City Winds Ragtime and Riffs concert. Since Covid times in 2020, the the group now frequently includes entirely separate percussion instruments in performance. Most often this sees inclusion of the vibraphone (or "metal piano"), which is more frequently found in jazz.
The group released its debut album "Marimba Around the World" on Sept 12th, 2020. It has seen radio-play locally, nationally and internationally. Current exciting projects include setting up summer events, planning a series of music-video releases and work towards a second album, "High Information Music for Children".
"Your performances at the city market this morning were awesome! As an international music examiner, I loved hearing you. My house guest is a fantastic percussionist from Indonesia and he was also very impressed. You play with such skill, enthusiasm and musical integrity. Wow!"
"Sticks and Stone are an engaging percussion ensemble of talented musicians with a wide-range of repertoire suitable for most any occasion or audience from kids to adults. If you get the chance, do yourself a favour and check them out!"
Kent Sutherland, Edmonton Speech and Arts Festival