Upbeat, be-dreadlocked guitarman, Abishek Nikhil Menon, grew up a first generation Indian-American, in the exotic wilds of the South San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing guitar around age 12, and quickly developed interests in a number of styles, studying the basics of rock and roll, blues and jazz with several talented teachers in the area. From early on, Ab played with different groups, both as a band leader and a sideman. Later, he attended Sonoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, under the direction of Randy Vincent. Throughout his college years he played with various groups, including SSU's jazz combos, Soup Sandwich and Trio Nebuli.
Ab joined Tempest in January of 2016, with an eye for the progressive side of things, coupled with an interest in the ornamental nature of Celtic and European roots music. After playing the works of groups like Yes, Frank Zappa, and Genesis, he developed an affinity for music with long forms and elaborate melodies.
In addition to his contributions to Tempest, Ab also occasionally works as a recording engineer, and plays with California Trad Jazz group The Dixie Giants, and with the local North Bay prog-bop band, Cabbagehead.
Currently, Ab is also offering guitar and keyboard lessons in a range of styles to students of all ages, at Speed of Sound Music in Healdsburg. If you're interested in lessons, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ab is passionate about food and enjoys cooking all kinds of things, including tasty dishes from the Southern Indian state of Kerala where his family is from. Ab also loves roasting his own coffee at home, and buys green coffee from a great place in Oakland, CA. (Ask him about it!) He also really enjoys riding his bike... so much so that he uses it as his main form of transportation about town, and also loves off-roading on single track trails, whenever he gets the chance.
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