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eclectic and collaborative jazz fusion

Mela was started by Frank Valente and Paul Sottnik while they were studying music at SUNY Fredonia. Before graduating they recorded the original Mela album in 2016 with drummer, Jake Payne. For the next few years the band performed regularly in Western New York. The band last met in January 2019 to record their new album "Mela Two".



Paul Sottnik - Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar, Composition

BA in music from Fredonia State University

paulsottnik@gmail.com 631 624 1995

Frank Valente - Vibraphone, Composition

Completing his Jazz Masters at Fredonia State University

Vale5431@fredonia.edu 585 880 6449

Jake Payne - Drumset, Composition

Completing his Jazz Masters at SUNY Purchase

jpayne518@gmail.com 716 534 0954

To schedule or work with the Mela Ensemble send a message to music@melacollective.com


Bruce Johnstone - saxophone / flute

Carlos Rivera - saxophone

Tyler Will and Jaden Zhang - recorded Mela Two

Mike Sisto - played bass for shows in 2017

Shea Glasheen - played bass on the first album

Mitch Marg - percusion

Sam Shafer - played guitar for shows in 2017

Allen Harris - is a blues guitar master


12 Gates Brewing Buffalo, NY

Lockhouse Distillery Buffalo, NY

Mojo's Jamestown, NY

Nietzsche's Buffalo, NY

Slyfest (2017) WNY

The Bugjar Rochester, NY

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