Composer Silverio F. da Silva has a rich and unique musical history. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he grew up playing the drums and began studying music by the age of fourteen. Surrounded by the rhythms and melodies of his country's most famous composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento and others, da Silva immersed himself in music studying at the Music Academy of Sao Paulo. He then moved to the United States attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Music and Arts Institute in San Francisco. It didn't take long for Silverio to find work both as a recording musician and performer in bands that played jazz, rock, and his native Brazilian music.
Eventually, he turned his sights to composing for television and film. From post-production recording and directing voice-over talents to mixing audio for films, composing original music for TV as well as audio book projects, Silverio da Silva talents are far reaching. Most recently, he's been working as an independent producer, writing music for films, documentaries and commercials.
Silverio's music fuses elements from South America, Europe, and Africa with a New Age sensibility that is both stunning and soothing. His ambient textures are in a constant state of evolution with plenty of twists and turns and rhythmic jolts to propel each composition to unexpected heights. But mostly it is his talent to give electronic music an almost acoustic true beating heart and soul that is so rare today. For more on his music go to www.musicforthemusic.com
A Santa Barbara native, Kimon started piano by learning blues and boogie woogie at age 11 from his father. As a teenager, Kimon listened to his father's jazz record collection and gravitated towards piano greats such as Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. “I eventually came across Miles Davis’s seminal album Kind of Blue. The music moved me so completely; I listened to it hundreds of times and knew this was the kind of music I wanted to play.”
Through high school and college, Kimon studied privately with then resident stars Debbie Denke, Theo Saunders and James Argiro, and joined Santa Barbara City College's Jazz Combo Class. "The feeling of interplay and pure creation between individuals was magic.” Kimon and other jazz combo members eventually formed their own group and started playing local bars, such as the long defunct Joseppis, as well as coffee shops. From there, he played in a string of local jazz bands, including The Pacific Jazz Trio and Straight No Chaser. “There were a few years of a very vibrant jazz scene in Santa Barbara. You could walk into one of many bars or restaurants on State Street and hear great straight ahead jazz."
After taking time off to start a family, Kimon joined Mezcal Martini, a band specializing in Latin dance music. He met Armand soon after, who knew Silverio...and the trio was born.
We also play in a quartet format with Ken Griffith, for a fuller, more upfront sound. Ken adds a terrific vibe and groove to the trio, with his beautiful, warm tone and sensitivity. Ken grew up in Los Angeles in a family where music was always around, "my mother played standards on piano and organ, I also had an uncle who played guitar. Encouraged by a friend, I joined a High School music class and started my love for music & the guitar; by my senior year I was playing in the Schools Jazz Combos and Big Band. I studied with several great teachers in LA, and ended up playing in the in LA’s Southern CA Youth - All Stars Jazz Big Band...we ended up winning the CA competition & playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival!"
Thru College Ken was playing all types of music, in funk, pop and surf bands...and some big band gigs. He also played gigs around LA with various accordion, sax players and vocalists who needed a Guitar player for their gigs. Inspired by Wes Montgomery, Howard Roberts, John McLaughlin, Larry Carlton, John Scofield and the Brazilian music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ken started studying and listening to the "jazz library" and working on his chops. He eventually became a guitar teacher and taught music for 5 years until he finished his college studies and had to get a real job…
Ken moved to Santa Barbara and started playing in the Jazz Combo Workshop / Classes, where he met lots of great local musicians. "There was a pretty lively jazz scene in SB at the time…" He played in several combos around town: 3 years with Jazz in Progress at the San Ysidro Plow & Angel as the house band, and with So What Kombo at Stearns Wharf Winery for a couple years. There he met Armand and through him, Silverio and Kimon…"I enjoy playing the music they play and the energy and creativity of the group."
Music has always played an important role in Armand Renga's life. In the days before television, his family would sit around the piano while his mother played her favorite songs of the time. During the family music sessions, Armand's father played the mandolin, his older sister sang, and he played the accordion.
His father bought him a steel guitar and amplifier at age eight. Music lessons followed, and soon Armand could read and play music competently on accordion and guitar. He played the accordion on a radio commercial for a local music store at age ten. In high school, Armand began playing the Fender Stratocaster guitar in a rock band that played local parties. "Around that time, I began listening to Jazz," he explains. "I bought an album by Andre Previn, Shelly Man, and Red Mitchell called The Bells Are Ringing. I wore out the grooves on that record."
In his twenties, Armand played the flute, and sat in with a number of Santa Barbara bands. He joined a traditional Cuban salsa and son montunos band called Rumbon. The band already had two flute players, but needed a bass player. The band members pitched in to buy Armand an Ampeg electric upright bass, his first. Years later, Armand received an upright string bass as a birthday gift. "I got that wooden bass about 25 years ago, and I've been playing it ever since.