Myles Sloniker and Linda Briceño: Performance & Discussion
The Music District - 639 S College
Internationally recognized Venezuelen trumpeter and vocalist and two-time Latin Grammy nominee Linda Briceño joins bassist and Fort Collins export (now living in NYC) Myles Sloniker for a concert and masterclass centered on jazz, world music, music business, and music education. Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Linda was a founding member of the jazz component of “El Sistema”, Venezuela’s much-lauded national music education program. In the years since its founding, El Sistema’s model has been adopted by music education programs across the globe. Linda has also been featured in a variety of situations including major orchestras throughout the US, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a yet-to-be-released TED talk series of prominent young women in various industries. Please join us March 25th from 6:00-8:00pm to join the conversation and experience a world-class performance.
About the Artists
Myles Sloniker is a bassist and composer based in New York City. Equally at home in a multitude of styles from straight-ahead jazz to classical, folk, and experimental music, Sloniker has established himself as a prominent young voice even among New York’s fractured musical cliques, and has performed with a long list of eclectic musical luminaries including Seamus Blake, Ron Miles, Jeff Coffin, David Hazeltine, and David Amram, among others. Born to a musical family in Colorado, much of his early life was spent backstage—at his mother’s folk groups’ rehearsals, hearing his father perform with the Fort Collins symphony or in jazz clubs—music was everywhere. Around the age of 11, Sloniker began to play the guitar and sing, but didn’t begin to pursue a career as a performer until his teenage years, when he was drawn to punk rock as a way to forge his own identity apart from his parents’ paths.
As Sloniker’s musical tastes and ability continued to develop, he switched his focus to the upright bass, and began seriously performing alongside his father in jazz clubs and at festivals. After a gap year spent on tour and in the studio, Sloniker enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado as a jazz bass performance major. Already a seasoned veteran performer at the age of 18, Sloniker was practically a beginner when it came to reading music and his understanding of music theory. Outside of school, Sloniker became an in-demand sideman and collaborator throughout Northern Colorado and at the age of 20, moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. There, his studies included private lessons with legendary bassist Ron Carter and composition lessons with Kirk Nurock.
Aside from his work in jazz circles, Sloniker has also been involved in collaborations with theatre and dance, most notably at the New York International Fringe Festival, and with artist and choreographer Nick Cave.
At only 28 Linda already owns an impressive list of achievements that would normally take any artist many years to accomplish: trumpet player, singer, Big Band Director and composer. Renowned musician and Jazz at Lincoln Center Musical Director, Wynton Marsalis expresses his awe on Linda when he says: “ She possesses an excellent awareness of time, rhythm and a great sound, but above all she has a deep understanding of musical concepts and ideas. There is a weight in her sound, weight, weight. This you either have it or you don’t and it is very unusual for such a young person to have it the way she does”.
Notwithstanding, Linda’s talent goes beyond her professional career as a musician and projects her to a social leadership role. In 2012 the World Economic Forum embraces Linda as a Young Global Shaper in recognition of her efforts as a musician and entrepreneur in developing empowerment strategies for young artists, especially musicians, to assert their rights as creative individuals and also as a collective in Latin America.
At 10 years of age, Linda participated in her first musical studio production by the now extinct label “Latin World” entitled “Tocando Tierra”. In it, she shared the studio with the likes of: Alex Acuña, Paquito D’Rivera, Armando Manzanero, Bela Fleck, Don Grusin, Abraham Laboriel, Ary Barroso, Pedro Eustache and Roger Nichols among others, she being the youngest artist in the recording.
In 2008 Linda and her father founded the “Simon Bolivar Big Band Jazz” under the direction of the SISTEMA in Venezuela, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu who agree to support a jazz project in a strictly academic foundation. Her Musical experience has grown thanks to the numerous participation in activities and discography productions, as both trumpet player of section and soloist.
In 2012, she made a special guest appearance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, thus becoming the first Venezuela woman to perform with this famous orchestra. In 2013 She perform for THE GRAN PRIX FORMULA 1 for the Kindom of Bahrain as a Soloist with her band. Since she moved to NYC to study in the New School she has been invited to perform and sit in with amazing artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito de Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band alumni and other great luminaries of jazz and latin music.
In 2014 She was nominated for two Latin Grammy as Best New Artist and Best Pop traditional Artist compiting with stars as Andrea Bocelli and others.