SummerFest 2020 Artist Spotlight: Myles Sloniker

Jul 3, 2020 | News, Off the Hook Arts, SummerFest

Myles Sloniker is a bassist and composer, whose musical styles range from jazz, classical, and folk, to experimental. Currently based in New York, Sloniker has performed alongside a multitude of artists, namely Ron Miles, Seamus Blake, Jacob Jolliff, and David Amram.

Myles Sloniker comes from a musical family in Colorado, with his mother Colleen Crosson, and his father Mark Sloniker both being active musicians within the jazz community. Sloniker started to play the guitar and sing when he was in middle school. Much of his formative years were spent experimenting with different genres and styles, to find the music that best expressed his talents. After spending some time developing his musical tastes, he was eventually drawn to the allure of the upright bass.

Myles began to play alongside his father at a variety of jazz clubs and festivals. Before pursuing higher education, he spent a gap year after high school touring as a performing musician. Sloniker then went on to study a degree in jazz bass performance at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). 

After finishing his degree at UNC, Sloniker moved to New York to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Whilst studying here, he was tutored by acclaimed bassist Ron Carter and learned to compose with the help of Kirk Nurock. 

Aside from his prolific performance career, Sloniker has also made a name for himself as a recording artist. In 2018, Sloniker featured on Tuomo Uusitalo’s blues album ‘Stories from Here and There’ alongside Tuomo Uusitalo on piano, Chris Cheek on saxophone, and Itay Morchi on drums. Sloniker has also been involved in performing arts outside of jazz. Most notably, his participation in the New York International Fringe Festival with the likes of renowned artist and performer Nick Cave. 

During the pandemic, Sloniker continues to teach music, now on an online platform. To find out about his bass lessons and offers please visit here:

You can also listen to some of Myles Sloniker’s performance on his YouTube channel as part of the Myles Sloniker Quartet:


Myles Sloniker Artist Biography Page