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 

 

"On his fourth outing as a leader, the outstanding pianist-composer, Silvano Monasterios, blends elements of his American Jazz heroes (Chick Corea, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock) with the South American rhythms of his native Venezuela." JazzTimes
"This collection of eight original tunes [Unconditional] shows craftsmanship, fine improvisation and coherence. Monasterios has constructed a compelling musical statement with an emphasis in composition and attention to detail. This is an entire album, not simply a collection of songs." Greg Simmons, All About Jazz

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 begin his collegiate studies at 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 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.

In 2011, he produced "Unconditional", his first album as a Savant Records artist. Later in 2015, Silvano relocated to New York City  where he recorded his next project for Savant Records entitled “Party Sunny”. Both albums received great reviews and landed within the top 20 albums on JazzWeek's Jazz Album Chart.

Throughout his career, 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, Don Byron, Troy Roberts, Todd Marcus, Juan Pablo Torres, Luisito Quintero, Sammy Figueroa, Candido Camero, Terumasa Hino & the World Jazz All-Stars, Marc Johnson, Dave Liebman, Othello Molineaux, Melton Mustafa, Nathen Page, Claudio Roditi, David Lee Roth, Shakira, Louie Vega, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Watson, Akira Jimbo, Bobby Sanabria and many others.

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