URBAN GYPSY is a cutting edge Flamenco Jazz Fusion group that blends the beautiful and romantic sounds of the Acoustic Guitar and the Saxophone and Flute with a mix of exotic and urban grooves and melodies from around the globe. Urban Gypsy's artfully executed musical performances provide a contemporary, elegant and exciting ambience at every event for which they perform. The trio performs many concerts, clubs, and exclusive events throughout Florida and beyond.
Urban Gypsy's Saxophonist/Flautist, John Michalak, is a Grammy Nominated musician whose versatility and passionate playing style has allowed him to record and perform around the world with international artists, such as JULIO IGLESIAS, CAROLE KING, RICKY MARTIN, SANTANA, KENNY G, ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK, PATTI LABELLE, JON SECADA, KC and THE SUNSHINE BAND, and DAVID LEE ROTH and GLORIA ESTEFAN, who John currently tours with. John has performed at such world renowned venues as The Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, The London Palladium, The Kremlin, and top veues in 39 countries.
Urban Gypsy's guitarist, Islay Rodriguez, has a refined musical style that makes him in demand throughout Florida. His repertoire covers a variety of musical genres such as Classical, Flamenco, Pop and Latin Jazz. Islay has been performing professionally since age 16, and has played many of the region's top venues, including the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, various Disney Hotels and Resorts, as well as Cruise ships such as “The Discovery Sun” and Royal Caribbean’s “Voyager of the seas”.
The trio's drummer and percussionist, Michael Rivero, has been performing in South Florida for nearly 20 years, and has performed at major events such as Sunfest, and played with and opened for world renowned artists such as John Secada and Carlos Santana. Mike is a versatile and passionate musician who brings exciting grooves and positive energy to every Urban Gypsy performance.