Michael DeQuattro is an eclectic artist known for fusing together acoustic, electronic, and improvisational elements. He is able to move freely between classical, jazz, popular, and world idioms often bringing these styles together in his compositions. The Providence Journal critic Channing Grey has described his work as “energetic” and “glittering”.
As a performer, he has worked with numerous theater orchestras, jazz combos, rock bands, singer/song writers, folk musicians, and electronic musicians. For 15 years he served as timpanist and percussionist for the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, has performed with The Rhode Island Festival Ballet Orchestra, Boston Festival Orchestra, and The Rhode Island Philharmonic. In addition to freelance work, he is a member of the electronic music collective “East of Borneo” and drummer and percussionist for The Jesse Liam Band.
As an accompanist, Michael has worked with many modern dancers, dance companies, colleges, and with many of the world’s top choreographers and performers. Among these are The Boston Conservatory, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, The Boston Ballet Theater, Fusionworks, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., George Faison, Dudley Williams, Rachel Chavis, Janet Wong, Sean Curran, Jenny Rocha, and David Dorffman. He has also been employed by The Dance Umbrella, The Bates College Dance Festival, and The American Dance Festival.
As a composer, He has been commissioned by Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Fusionworks Dance Company, Kathy Gordon Smith, Gary Shore, Colleen Cavanaugh, and France Hunter. His work has been heard at the Joyce SoHo in New York City with Rocha Dance Theater, Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA with Fresh Squeezed Dance, the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, Festival Ballet’s Up Close on Hope Series, and the West End Theater’s Soaking Wet Series in New York.
Other awards and distinctions include the McCall/Johnson Fellowship Merit Award in Composition through the Rhode Island Foundation in 2009 and again in 2012. He was inducted as a Rhode Island College Alumni Honoree in Music in 2009, and awarded the Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowship Award in Composition in 2011.
Michael is the resident Dance Accompanist/Composer at Roger Williams University. In addition to his work at Roger Williams University he has also served as Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Rhode Island College, The Community College of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and Citrus Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the Boston Conservatory.
...a Michael DeQuattro piano score...glittering music with overtones hinting at the Orient...
- Channing Gray, The Providence Journal