Dancin' in the Streets
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Matt studied music at the Settlement Music School, Jenkintown, PA and the Music Training Center in Philadelphia. After moving to Arizona, he studied jazz guitar and drum set performance at Mesa Community College and served as the on-campus music theory tutor. He is currently pursuing a degree in Jazz Performance at Arizona State University.
Matt's musical styles include, rock, jazz, latin, funk, pop, and blues and he has performed in a variety of settings such as rock bands, jazz combos, solo performances and ensembles.
Matt Vandal is a remarkable guitarist. His solo fingerstyle sound will remind you of Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins, both of whom are clear influences on his style. Then his fusion trio will ignite your ears with his enthralling and melodious guitar solos. You will hear his many influences in his playing. Including Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Pat Matheny, and Bireli Lagrene; among many others.
Matt was born in Minnesota, lived in Wisconsin, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia before moving to Arizona 7 years ago. After completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he decided to “put it to good use and play music full time”.
Matt has been playing guitar since the age of seven. “I grew up in a VERY musical home. My Dad played in bands while attending college and my Mom is a classically trained pianist. Two of my brothers are guitar players and another brother played bass. My family has always been connected in one way or another to that beautiful sonic universe that is music.” states Matt. He has played as many styles of music as he can get his hands on. He was a member of the Pensacola Guitar Ensemble (a classical guitar quartet) is currently teaching guitar, and plays out with the Vandal Hancock Duo and newly formed fusion trio.
His versatility can be heard when he plays whatever style he chooses at any given time. He is a dynamic performer of a rich and diverse musical legacy.
Matt's live repertoire contains original music as well as classical pieces, jazz, fusion, blues, and more.
While you will find his techniques impressive, you will find his sound to be remarkably vibrant and harmonious.
Mario Zelaya is a professional bass player, composer and producer in different styles of music including Brazilian, Latin, World Music and Radio commercials for local Spanish speaking radio stations.
His Bass playing is influenced and inspired by Jaco Pastorius, Richard Bona, and Marcus Miller.
Mario has been playing Bass since the age of eleven. Since then, Mario has performed with many different bands in Europe (Sweden), Latin America, and the United States.
Mario is currently teaching bass and producing an album for the Radio Brazil.