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Tony Silva

Dance Play Live

Music is the sound of emotion, and humans are emotional creatures. Making this connection has been my work, my joy and my obsession. The right composition, played at the right time, on the right instrument can create moments of great and lasting significants. I live for those moments.

I grew up in a family of artists in NYC, (my parents met in art school). That artistic habit was instilled in me at an early age. I have worked as a professional sculptor, dancer and now musician/composer. In 2004 I started playing for dance classes in the 5 college consortium. It was a logical next step for someone who had just spent 20 years as a modern dancer, although I didn’t know it at the time. Soon after I began, I started getting work scoring dances, plays and films. That is what I have been doing ever since. I have learned so very much about playing and composing music from Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Clifton “Jerry" Nobel.

Tony Silva’s music compositions include over 40 commissions for modern dance, theater, documentaries and live performance. The past three films he scored won awards at film festivals. He founded Chameleon Sound Studio in 1994 to create diverse musical environments for film and the performing arts, by combining acoustic and electronic timbres with rich imagination. Silva is a featured solo musician on weekends at La Casita Azteca in Easthampton, MA since May 2012, where he creates emotional and romantic atmospheres for guests. He is known for his steady presence at holiday fiestas and folklórico performances. "All the works on (Le Minh Tam's) thoughtfully conceived program were enhanced by scores by Mr. Silva, who combined electronic sounds with music for various string and wind instruments, played by him. What one heard always strengthened the impact of what one saw." - Jack Anderson, New York Times