Timothy Quigley is a drummer/percussionist/multi-instrumentalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Known for his versatility and quick ear. Timothy is adept in playing a wide variety of musical genres on the drum set, as well as congas, bongos, doumbek, def, tapan and frame drums. His distinct sound has led to collaborations with such talents as legendary clarinetist and mandolin player Andy Statman, trumpeter Jon Birdsong (Beck, Smokey and Miho), Ryan Francesconi (Rf, Joanna Newsom). He has worked extensively as a sideman, sharing the stage with notables such as reggae/hip hop sensation Matisyahu, Smokey Hormel (Beck, Tom Waits), Frank London (Klezmatics), Greg Cohen (Masada), Ron Miles (Bill Frisell Quartet), and the klezmer rock band Golem.
A specialist in Balkan rhythms, Quigley has worked with Bulgarian saxophone virtuoso Yuri Yunakov, Algerian Rai master Cheb Nasro, renouned vocalist Amalia Papastefanou, Christos Govetas (Bill Frisell, Ziya), violinist Beth Cohen and Greek clarinet virtuoso Lefteris Bournias. As a session musician he has has recorded on film and television soundtracks and appeared on over 30 CD releases. Recent releases include Mavrothi Kontanis’ debut albums Wooden Heart and Sto Kafesli Sokaki, Chicha Libre’s Sonido Amazonico, rf’s interno and falls and Adam Good’s Dances of Macedonia and the Balkans. Currently Timothy tours, records and teaches internationally, performing with One Ring Zero, Kane Mathis, Maeandros, and Romashka.
“Romashka owes its irresistible rhythmic drive to drummer Timothy Quigley and tubist Ron Caswell, who slyly funkify even the most traditional of the group’s arrangements.”
—The Forward (07/29/2005)
“Timothy Quigley’s drumming did indeed make the music rock, but there was also plenty of the traditional heartstring touching groaning and laughing.”
—Seth Rogovoy CurtainUp
“…percussionist Timothy Quigley provided a fluidly swinging, hypnotic beat…”
“Timothy Quigley (who seems to have a nightly residency at this place, with his weekly gig with Chicha Libre and all) put on a clinic in good fun and good taste. He didn’t waste a beat all night, and that’s all the more impressive since this stuff is all about the beat.”
— Lucid Culture
“On Percussion, Timothy Quigley personifies subtly and sensitivity, playing on a range of traditional instruments.”
—Greek America Magazine
“Such brisker tunes as “Primavera en La Selva” (written by Conan and an uncredited Vivaldi) were more satisfying, thanks in large part to percussionists Greg Burrows and Timothy Quigley.”
—MARK JENKINS, Washington Post
“The percussions are handled by NY mainstay, Timothy Quigley, who displays his versatility playing a number of instruments, including wooden spoons and finger cymbals, providing a solid rhythmic accompaniment throughout… Highly recommended listening.”
—Zaman Al Wasl
“Multi-percussionists Timothy Quigley and Greg Stare provide a polyrhythmic cornucopia…”
—Jim Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen!
“Percussionist Timothy Quigley who seems to be to Barbes what Willie Dixon was to Chess Records’ studio – added textures and lines that matched and then diverged, sometimes hypnotic, other times fiery and intense.”