what are people saying about "Love is Contagious"?
“The best thing about his kid-oriented work is that it's not always obviously kids' music.”
~Sam Pfeifle, The Portland Phoenix
“I think your delivery is magnetizing! I’m amazed that you recorded every part. It’s very clear that you have a deep love and passion for the vital work you are doing.”
"Rob Duquette's children's music is an uplifting reminder that the world truly is a beautiful place. His songs are filled with fun, catchy lyrics that radiate with positive energy. Each time I hear one of his songs, I feel an irresistible urge to start dancing around like a five year old kid!"
~ Michael J. Chase - Founder of The Kindness Center and bestselling author of The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone
“If you ever find yourself feeling as if there was nothing in the world that could lift your spirits, you surely haven't heard Rob Duquette's new CD, "Love Is Contagious."
~Kristen DiCara-McClellan, Portland Press Herald
“Wow, very cool stuff! I love your voice, and of course I love your multi-instrumentalizationificationisms. Looks like you really have your technical end together too, nice job on that.”
“Rob Duquette's enthusiasm and generosity was on display as he shared his musical talents with students and staff of Young School. Rob's friendly personality, passion for his music, and deep appreciation for the diverse cultures from which his musical selections are rooted make for an enriching experience for his audiences. We look forward to Rob's next visit!”
~Dr. Peter Harrison, Principal, Young School, Saco, ME
"The CD is good to dance to!!"
-Stella age 7
“I got something in the mail yesterday that pretty much made my day! Thank you Rob Duquette for my cd. I have it in the car and I am loving all of it. My two favs are track 2 & 3. Thank You! for writing and composing fun upbeat music for our kiddos. The messages are great and the drumming is wonderful. Great things are coming your way!”
“Thanks Rob, the kids loved your music & had a great time dancing :) we listened to the CD on the way home & loved it. It truly is contagious :)”
Rob Duquette is a multi-instrumentalist musician with an emphasis on drums and percussion. A full time music educator and composer since 1998, Rob maintains an active gigging career splitting most of his time between Boston, Portland, Maine, and his own Gameroom Studios in Saco, Maine where he regularly teaches drums, percussion, and guitar. A classically trained percussionist, Rob also teaches World Music, African Drumming, and American Popular Music at the University of New England.
Growing up in southern New Hampshire, Rob bought himself his first drum set at age twelve. This development some households might view with trepidation but it provided Rob’s brothers respite from his otherwise relentless pop music renditions on the family organ. Hearing John Bonham and receiving Buddy Rich tapes from his grandfather led to a further interest in the sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Studies with Lee Harris, Jr. at the University of New Hampshire, and later with Alan Dawson, built a strong jazz foundation for Rob’s move to the Boston area. Here he played regularly at several venues including The Press Room and Club Passim.
Rob’s music life came to encompass the Boston and Portsmouth music scenes where he became known as a solid, tasteful, and inventive drummer. He also developed a secret life as a guitarist and singer and songwriter co-founding the jazz-pop-folk group Cactus Highway. Their debut record, which includes Rob’s original songs, aired worldwide and was supported by an extensive U.S. tour. Daniel Gewertz of The Boston Herald called Cactus Highway “the most rare of acoustic acts…a duo of true sophistication who merge folk, pop, jazz in flowing, cool, unpretentious ways.” The Village Voice responded to the record with a simple “Amazing.”
Since receiving his Masters degree in Jazz Studies, Rob has been experimenting with his own trio mixing his original compositions with free jazz and various Afro-Caribbean, North and South American, North Indian, and African musics. He currently studies tabla with Jerry Leake and world jazz drumset with Mark Walker, (drummer for Paquito D’Rivera, Oregon, Lyle Mays and others). He is also exploring the integration into a cohesive unit his jazz work with his singer and songwriter experience. Rob views music’s masters as guiding lights in a place of honor even as he moves away from them to find his own voice. He is frequently invited to schools to perform and talk with students, and he has also become a busy children’s music performer! Rob is married to a full time music educator, and they have two children.
For Rob, teaching and learning are reciprocal, continuous and, especially now as a parent, define his contribution to his community and his role in its success. His relationship to community keeps his focus on the need in life to be present, to show up. Picking up sticks, hitting a drum with his hands, and writing music are his creative processes; it’s these which connect Rob to his higher power, to nature, and to the universe itself.