BIOGRAPHY

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"Silvano brings deeply intricate and thought provoking mastery to his compositions. Perfectly balanced with compositional and improvisational concepts." - Jazzweek.com 
"Silvano is a masterful pianist and composer, but make no mistake here, you are taking a journey into the soul of a courageous and deep human whose gift involves much more than his incredible facility on the piano." - Claire Daly, Downbeat Magazine

Pianist-composer Silvano Monasterios was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He spent his formative years of training at the Jose Angel Lamas Conservatory while he alternately encountered the great American jazz tradition in all its diversity. He promptly began his professional career at the age of 18, combining these influences by performing and recording with some of the most prominent Venezuelan artists of the time.

 

In 1989, Silvano traveled to Miami, Florida, to participate in the Miami Jazz Festival, where he received a “Best Soloist Award.”  By 1990, he had immigrated to the United States to make use of a scholarship from Miami-Dade College. More recognition followed with another “Outstanding Soloist Award” at the University of Colorado in 1991 and then a music scholarship from the University of Miami, from which he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995. In 1998, Silvano was voted “New Artist of the Year” at the Hennessey Cognac Jazz Search in New York City, which led to a slot at the Playboy Jazz Festival where he engendered many new friends and fans.  This year also marked the release of his first CD, “Roads Not Taken”, prompting more critical interest in the U.S. and Latin America.

 

Silvano has continued to write and evolve while performing and recording with an impressive mix of artists including Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Paquito D’Rivera, Mark Egan, Paul Wertico, Ira Sullivan, Troy Roberts, Sammy Figueroa, Terumasa Hino & the World Jazz All-Stars, Marc Johnson, Dave Liebman, Othello Molineaux, Randy Brecker, Melton Mustafa, Nathen Page, Claudio Roditi, David Lee Roth, Shakira, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Watson, and many others.

 

Never satisfied or stationary, Silvano next returned to the University of Miami in 2002 where he once again received a full scholarship, earning a Master’s degree in Jazz Piano and Pedagogy. DownBeat magazine honors followed in 2005 with the “Best Jazz Instrumental Soloist” award for the 28th Annual “Student Music Awards.”  An equally gifted composer, he also won in the category of “Original Song, Outstanding Performance” for his composition, “Avila”. This song was included in the follow up CD entitled "Fostered". In 2007, indie label Dogleg Music, released a live recording of the Wertico/Egan/Monasterios Trio entitled "Jazz Impressions" including more original songs. A successive release, The Magician (Savant Records) by percussionist Sammy Figueroa features performances, arrangements, production, and two Monasterios’ compositions including the title track. This album was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Awards as "Best Latin Jazz Album" and subsequently Miami New Times named Silvano as "Best Jazz Musician" in their Best of Miami issue. Ever prolific, the next Figueroa CD entitled ”Urban Nature” (Senator Records) was released  in 2012 and features four new Monasterios manuscripts.

 

True to his personality and insatiable appetite for challenge, Silvano formed in 2011 a new quintet. As a result, he produced his first CD as a Savant Records artist. “Unconditional” was released by this prestigious label, receiving great reviews and becoming one of the most played jazz records in the U.S in 2011.

 

In 2015, Silvano relocated to New York City. Immediately after, he went back to the recording studio to work on his next record. This summer, Savant Records will release this brand new CD produced by Silvano entitled “Party Sunny”. This record includes nine beautiful compositions by Monasterios as well as the amazing artistry of Anat Cohen on clarinet, Troy Roberts on saxophones, Robert Quintero on percussion and Silvano’s long time collaborators Jonathan Dadurka on bass and Rodolfo Zuñiga on drums.

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