Popular jazz duo to perform at Adams State


The jazz piano and bass duo, Mark and Myles Sloniker will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Adams State College Leon Memorial Hall. Dr. Matthew Schildt, Adams State associate professor of music, helped organize the event, "I have been listening to Mark's music for 20 years and his music was a great influence on my decision to become a musician."

Mark Sloniker has made music in many diverse settings over the course of his life. From solo piano performances to jazz trios/quartets, to symphony orchestra concerts, Mark has played and recorded in the U.S. and abroad, performing at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, Longmont Jazz Festival, Disneyland Jazz Festival, Fort Collins Jazz Experience and opening for Billy Taylor, Pat Metheny, Bob James, and Carmen McRae, among others.

As a producer/composer/recording artist, Mark has released six recordings (CDs) of his own and contributed to numerous other recordings. His own recordings have reached the "top six" of three national radio airplay charts (R&R, Gavin, and the MAC Report) as well as spending time on Billboard Magazine's national sales charts. His music has received extensive air play outside of the U.S. as well (Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, the Philippines). Music from Mark’s CD "Perfectly Human" was featured on ESPN's "Make a Wish" program and on ABC Sports. "Paths of Heart" and "True Nature" were featured on the nationally syndicated radio show "Music from the Hearts of Space." His CD "Do Whatcha Love" was voted best jazz recording of the year (1995) in KUNC's "Classics of '95." His music has also been featured on such nationally aired radio shows as Jazz Tracks, Musical Starstreams, and appeared in Jazziz Magazine's top national radio airplay charts.

Mark has a degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University and has worked extensively using music as a therapeutic tool in achieving/maintaining wellness. He has worked with physicians, psychologists, and many practitioners in the healing fields bringing music to many who wish to do healing work in this way. He has recorded music for this purpose as well as presented and taught in workshops and seminars.

Bassist Myles Sloniker, a freshman at University of Northern CO, in the Jazz Studies program is currently performing with two of UNC's top jazz ensembles, The Vanguard Combo and Jazz Lab I. He is already a sought after bassist for various groups along the Front Range, and performs regularly at Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge in Fort Collins. He has performed at Dazzle (one of Denver's premier jazz rooms), the Fort Collins Jazz Experience, the Longmont Jazz Festival and Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, among other concert performances. Primarily a jazz bassist, he also performs classically, as well as playing piano, guitar, and drums.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for students, and free to ALMA members, AS&F, and Friends of Music. For more information contact the Adams State Music Department at 719-587-7621.