Originally from France, Sylvain Carton is a multi-instrumentalist (woodwinds, guitars) and composer currently residing in Los Angeles. An accomplished performer, Sylvain records and tours regularly with a number of groups representing a variety of musical genres and traditions including Beats Antique, The Japonize Elephants, We Are The West, The Mitch Marcus Quintet, Maureen and the Mercury 5, Space Blaster, and The Sylvain Carton Quartet.
As composer/producer, Carton has written/produced music for shorts, feature length independent films, commercials, documentaries, tv, radio spots, dance, and many of the groups he performs with. His compositions for big band won a « Subito » grant from the American Composer’s Forum. Sylvain has also composed chamber music for small orchestra, string quartet, brass quintet, saxophone quartet, solo pieces for voice, tuba, cello, guitar, saxophone, and clarinet w/electronics.
Sylvain Carton holds a BM in Jazz Performance from the Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington, where he studied with David Baker, Eugene Rousseau, Tom Walsh, and Shirley Diamond, as well as an M.A. in music composition from UC Santa Cruz, where he co-directed the Latin American Music Ensemble.
In addition to performing and composing, Sylvain is a Vandoren Performing Artist and Artistic Advisor.