n. 1. (Bot.) a peach, Spanish
n. 2. (Mus.) a latin-flavored, rock-infused, jazz-fusion musical group
john galvez, guitar | dan kamionkowski, keys | andrew rothman, drums
Winter/Spring 2013: Melocotón has just wrapped up a successful few months playing for the Mardi Gras Burlesque show at Pickwick & Frolic. They extend gratitude to everyone that came down to hear them play. Drew will be continuing on in the show with other musicians, as John and Dan begin to work on some new material for gigs to come this year.
Melocotón has been seen at The Grog Shop, The Mad Greek, Waterloo Arts Festival, Phoenix Coffee, Western Reserve Academy, and other Cleveland-area venues.
The band is currently appearing in Pickwick & Frolic's "Mardi Gras Burlesque" on Friday evenings at 9:15. The trio is also available for private events, bars, clubs and restaurants. If you wish to book the band, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melocotón (a Spanish word meaning 'peach') is a Cleveland, Ohio band formed in 2009. The group features John Galvez on guitar, Dan Kamionkowski on keys, and Andrew Rothman on drums. Bringing a broad range of personal musical tastes into the mix, the trio has created a 'heavy Latin jazz' sound that combines traditional South American bossa and samba with American jazz, rock and soul.
Dan Kamionkowski (keys) has been involved in rock-oriented projects including the bands Funch and Sacajawea, and local jazz audiences may remember him as a founding member of the North Coast Jazz Collective. He studied classical piano under Anita Pontremoli as well as jazz piano under Dan Wall and the late Neal Creque.
John Galvez (guitar) got his earliest influence in the guitar from his father Javier, who had his nylon-string at arms length, always ready to sing and play beautiful Peruvian folk songs. Playing classical guitar in his teens helped John to develop a strong picking hand and good technique. Years of searching added humility and patience to his style. While in his thirties, John started to hear his own 'voice' and began to develop it further, drawing influences from the world around him. "To be in the moment and create, collaborate, and celebrate is what makes the journey all worthwhile."
Andrew Rothman (drums) has been seen behind the drums with a number of Northeast Ohio musicians, including Serious Aeolian Belfry, Robin Stone, Xela, Nu Hu, and Charles Dorer. He is also very active in non-professional theater, having appeared on stage at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, Kennedy's in Playhouse Square Center, Weathervane Theater, and Rabbit Run Theater.