Neon Sonata is an energetic, Nashville-based jazz trio featuring bassist E.P. Miller, guitarist Zach Biggus, and drummer Ikaika Pekelo. Together, the three take an unexpected approach to familiar jazz standards within the jazz trio tradition.
The group's repertoire integrates swing, funk, and hip-hop thus inspiring any listener. With jazz at its core, Neon Sonata continues to explore contemporary sounds while offering exciting and motivating live performances.
E.P. Miller - Bass
As a child, E.P. Miller saw Bill Monroe perform. "Monroe arrived in a white Cadillac convertible and jumped out with a mandolin in his hands. The crowds parted as he joined in with the musicians who just happened to be playing at the moment. It was powerful," Miller recollects. Years later, he was encouraged to play double bass by Roy Huskey Jr. one evening at the Station Inn. E.P. Miller went on to study with orchestra players and later shared the stage with early rock 'n roll pioneers Joe "Ducktails" Clay and Wanda Jackson, rhythm and blues legend Tommy Brown, and Chicago blues saxophonist Abb Locke (Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters among others).
Zach Biggus - Guitar
Surrounded by music at a young age, Zachary Biggus began playing guitar at the age of 11, focusing first on rock and later turning his interest to jazz. By 16, he was working with local bands in Chicagoland, and began playing jazz with his high school teacher. Zachary studied in the Jazz program at Elmhurst College, where he worked with Frank Portolese, Chris Siebold, and Mark Colby. Since graduating in 2007 Zachary continued to work with groups in Chicago until moving to Nashville in 2018, where he currently lives and remains active performing and composing.
Ikaika Pekelo - Drums
Ikaika has performed with various rock and pop acts along with various musical theatre productions around the country. Ikaika studied percussion at Colorado State University where he also had the opportunity to perform with groups playing jazz, funk, and country. Now a Nashville resident, Ikaika continues to perform with various groups in the Nashville area. Along with performing, Ikaika has also built a great reputation as a teacher. As a teacher, Ikaika has helped facilitate a program which focuses on young students forming groups, giving them an outlet to perform in front of an audience.