Testimonials

  • I had heard Liz and Don play at the Sebastopol Farmer's Market and was
    mesmerized and enthralled by their music. Standing near their spot at the
    market, I noticed everyone from dancing two year olds to the extreme elderly,
    pause, smile, and so obviously enjoy listening to this very talented Violin
    and Guitar Duo. At times, 40 people crowded around them laughing, clapping or
    silently crying at the beautiful sounds as they played a tremendous variety
    of music, from classical to folk, rock and jazz.

    When my daughter chose to get married on the large outdoor patio at the Hop
    Monk Tavern in Sebastopol, I knew exactly who I wanted to suggest play at
    their wedding. Fortunately Liz and Don were available that date so we hired
    them on the spot. Liz and Don took care of all the details.

    I had seen pictures of the beautiful, formal weddings where Liz and Don had
    performed. My daughter wanted a forty's theme, a festive yet casual
    atmosphere for her wedding. When my daughter described the theme as "Like
    Water for Elephants meets Memphis Belle", Liz and Don knew exactly what she
    meant and accommodated her wishes perfectly. Liz worked directly with my
    daughter for the types of music and specific pieces my daughter wanted
    played. With sufficient notice they can cover almost any song.

    They also visited the venue, spoke to the manager before the event and got a
    feel of acoustics and possible locations to set up. They provided all their
    own equipment, arrived well in advance of the wedding and were prepared to
    play as guests started to arrive. It was perfect. The music filled in the
    background without drowning out any chance of conversation. Guests enjoyed
    listening, dancing, or conversing very easily. Liz and Don are polite,
    friendly and professional. They will make your wedding a stunning success.

    Andrea & Jason 10/19/14 Hop Monk Tavern~Sebastopol

  • Dear Liz and Don,

    Thank you for contributing to the elegant surroundings in which my daughter
    Sara Buckley Carson married Robert Carson. Your music reflected Sara's wish
    to be married in a classical manner. I'll keep the memory alive by listening
    to your music from afar. I recommend that all who seek a code of excellence
    call your number in a hurry.

    Sincerely,
    Ann Buckley

    Sara & Robert 10/24/14 Valhalla~South Lake Tahoe

  • I hired Liz and Don to play at my wedding. They were absolutely fabulous. I
    could hear their music in the bride's room before the ceremony began. I
    found myself in tears because their music was so lovely. We had so many
    guests that raved how beautiful their music was. I could not have asked for
    anything better. Their music is one of the most memorable aspects of my
    wedding. I give Avalanche my highest recommendation. Liz and Don are talented
    musicians and would greatly enhance any wedding or other formal event.

    Sara 10/24/14 Valhalla~South Lake Tahoe

  • We stumbled across the Avalanche Acoustic Duo by accident but very glad we did.
    Liz was quick to get back to us and very easy to deal with start to finish.
    We gave Liz and Don a list of songs we wanted played during our reception and when, then they were flawless in their execution. They even learnt a special song we requested.
    Their ability to play both modern and classic is rather amazing.
    We consider ourselves very lucky to have had Liz and Don play at our wedding and would strongly recommend them.
    Regards,
    Andrew & Tiffany (Melbourne, Australia)

    Andrew & Tiffany 10/3/14 PlumpJack's~Squaw Valley

  • My wife and I have had the distinct pleasure of having Avalanche perform at two weddings; our own some 16 years ago (second marriage for me), and my daughter's wedding in September 2013. Our experience was so remarkably similar that my comments pertain to both events. We wanted to have smaller, less formal weddings which meant we wanted to have live music which spoke more directly to our hearts. Finding Avalanche was just what we were looking for; acoustic music performed beautifully by two classically trained pros. Their music is so well balanced between an accomplished guitarist and a virtuoso violinist that it transported our experience to a completely higher level. Each guest that attended remarked on how the music MADE the event. Avalanche advertises their music as "conversation friendly", but we found a much more direct connection between our guests and the music. In fact, people lingered at our weddings longer than we had expected largely because of the music. At our first wedding my uncle, who was then quite advanced in age, pulled up a chair and just broadly smiled throughout the performance. I had never seen him so happy. We found the fees Avalanche charged were more than reasonable. In addition, Liz made sure to check with the Bride and Groom to see what their tastes in music were, and then compiled a custom playlist just for them. In my daughter's case she loves the Beatles, and so they interspersed Beatles tunes generously throughout the day. Liz also consulted with the Minister and made sure their music came in right on cue throughout the ceremony. Avalanche provided not just music, they constructed the most beautiful and perfect soundtrack for one of the most important days of our lives.

    Jack S

  • When I first started looking into ceremony music, I thought that
    having live string musicians would be astronomical in cost. I was pleasantly
    surprised to find Liz and Don to be affordable. Making contact was simple,
    and the responses were always fast and professional. I wanted musicians to
    reflect our distinct taste in music, and did they ever deliver. My only
    regret was not actually having the time to meet with them and listen to more
    of their music. All of my guests have not stopped raving about the music
    choices. Thank You Liz and Don, it was an honor to have you play for our
    ceremony and cocktail hour. I highly recommend this duo, they are splendid.

    Melinda 5/4/14 Tunnel Creek Lodge, Lake Tahoe

  • Loved your music!

  • I am so delighted to write a review for Avalanche! I first heard
    their uplifting music when they were performing locally. I knew they could
    add so much joy to our upcoming wedding celebration. I just didn't know how
    much!! I bought their CDs and then listened to so much of their music samples
    online as well. Avalanche offers music from so many genres. They play
    everything from classics to contemporary! After contacting them to arrange
    our wedding play date, they even learned a new song just for our asking and
    choice needs. The planning and details were simple. As a very professional
    musical duo, they had very few needs which allowed us to focus on other sweet
    details of our evening. On the eve of our wedding, they arrived like humble
    sweet guests and then quickly transformed the entire evening with their
    musical talent! At one point my new bride and I took a short walk outside our
    venue just to listen to how perfect the evening was going and how sweet the
    music. The musical talents of these two brought tears, laughter and dancing
    to our most special day ever! Thank you Liz and Don

    Lori 12/22/13 Private home, Napa CA

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