Mongolian Monkfish

Mongolian Monkfish

 Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
BandRockFunk

Mongolian Monkfish is a new band with a unique sound. Their applied musical influences however, are from all eras. At various turns they can be churning out Red Hot Chili Pepper like funk, or simply riding a Les Paul driven guitar anthem.

Biography

Jamie Khalifa Vocals, Trumpet
Having been born and raised into a highly musical family, Jamie Khalifa took an early liking to all kinds of music. This early taste for music was especially sculpted by the soul, classic rock and early Motown tracks often played on his mothers record player. At the age of 9 he picked up the trumpet and was immediately infatuated by the new sounds and rhythms he could create. Jamie was trained in classical and jazz music from that time until the end of high school. Playing the trumpet was also the singers first taste of live performance which he thrived on from the start.

Gianni Barbera Guitar
Gianni grew up on the coast of Connecticut in a musical household. When he was four he began picking out his first notes on the piano and he hasnt stopped playing music since. From piano to viola and eventually from viola to guitar, his passion for creating new sounds and styles never ceased. He truly fell in love with music when he began playing in a high school band with fellow monkfish Jamie Khalifa. The two have been creating music since 2003, and their dedication to getting this unique sound on the airwaves is unwavering.

Daniel Delfin Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion
Daniel Delfin began his musical career at the age of 7 in the city of Santa Barbara, Venezuela. His first instrument was a Cuatro (A small guitar with 4 strings, similar to the ukulele). At age 12 he picked up the Spanish Acoustic Guitar influenced by his relatives who were also musicians. Daniels musical influences were Boleros, Ballads, Rancheras, and other soft Latin rock. He started singing, playing the keyboard, and learned percussion at the age of 16. Shortly after, he began playing electric guitar and experimenting with heavy metal and rock & roll.

Nick Coletti Bass
Nick Coletti started playing piano at the age of three by listening to his parents music and figuring out the notes by ear. Piano carried him straight into the bass, which he started playing when he was 12. He also picked up the guitar around this time, and drums a year later. Nick concentrated on the bass as it was his favorite instrument of the four. From the age of 12 on, Nick has been in many bands that range almost all styles of music. He has been able to adapt to any style and pull it off with ease. However, it is Mongolian Monkfish where Nick can show his true colors on the bass and let his own style shine.

Sammy Lebreton Drums
Sammy Lebreton grew up in Cos Cob, CT. At seven years old, Sammy started taking piano lessons, which developed his musical ear and abilities as a musician. From there, he taught himself how to play the guitar and drums, and fell in love with writing and playing music. In his teenage years, Sammy played drums and guitar for several local bands, gaining much experience in playing music with other musicians. In addition to playing and writing, he has been recording and engineering music since high school. Growing up in a very musical family, Sammy has had lots of support in developing as a musician.

Benjamin Pinkert Trumpet
Benjamin Pinkert grew up in Cos Cob, CT. At the age of 9 Ben started playing trumpet at Cos Cob School where he began a journey to refine his natural musical talent. From there, he taught himself how to play the guitar throughout his teen years and continued to improve his trumpet skills playing in the Greenwich High School jazz ensemble, marching band, and concert band. During his tenure as second trumpet with the jazz ensemble Ben competed with his peers against other jazz ensembles all over Connecticut, as well as Orlando, Florida and San Francisco, California. Growing up in an environment filled with classic rock like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and ACDC supplemented Bens knowledge of jazz trumpet with that of rock and roll. Working at Greenwich Music with Sammy and other musicians gave Ben a sense of the local music scene, forming connections with bands in the area.

Oskar Perskaas Tenor Saxophone
Oskar Perskaas started playing alto sax in the third grade. In middle school and high school he joined the schools jazz bands, expanding his talents into the tenor and baritone saxophones. During this time he enjoyed listening to a wide variety of musical genres from alternative rock to jazz and house music. Oskar took a break from playing the saxophone during his college years in order to focus on his academics, now he is glad to once again be playing with such a talented group of musicians. His re-dedication to the composition and live performance of music has invigorated his artistic drive. He continues to draw inspiration from great swing and funk artists, he loves sharing his passion with the audience.


Discography

We have not released any form of music. We have recordings online at www.myspace.com/mongolianmonkfishmusic

Set List

We have over 25 originals that we pick and choose depending on the audience. We also make up songs on the spot, which is how we've written almost all of our material. We also have a wide variety of covers, spanning from note for note covers to completely new renditions of hit songs.