Sylvester Onyejiaka

Horns/String&Horn Arranging

9 Reviews (2 Verified)
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My name is Sylvester. I played with Prince for 2 years. I've also worked with Taylor Swift, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Gladys Knight, Quantic, and many others. I specialize in woodwinds (Bari & tenor sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet), arrange for horns, strings, orchestra, and produce hiphop, r&b, jazz, & chamber/orchestral music.

I've conducted, written, and arranged for 40 piece hip hop orchestras, as well as horn sections and string quartets for anything ranging from pop, funk, and dance music, to singer songwriter and jazz. Under my own project, Sly5thave, I have released all of my own productions showcasing a variety of different styles.

Horn Performance: Can read music, play by ear, or provide an improvised solo. I use an Apollo Twin interface and Earthworks SV33 Condenser Mic. All clients will received separated stems in preferred file format.

Arrangement/Writing: I create arrangements unique to your song for horns, strings, and full orchestra in a variety of styles and configurations--depending on what your vision is. Sheet music can be provided as well for an additional fee.

Music is my passion--I love collaborating to bring ideas to life!!!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

9 Reviews

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  1. Review by WILLIAM J.

    Sylvester is a highly gifted musician and producer. I sent him a reference track with horns that needed to be re-played and within 24 hours he sent me back a full horn/wind section that was not only perfectly played, but also - really well mixed and produced. The ability to perform the parts, improvise new parts would have been plenty. But Sylvester was also able to produce his own parts so that they would fit right in with the other elements of the song. This made life so much easier. I highly recommend!

  2. Review by Defski
    by Defski

    I knew Sylvester Onyejiaka's work very well but I was impressed first of all by his availability, regarding his professionalism everything I expected was confirmed, if you are looking for a multifaceted musician/producer who will provide you with quality and creativity don't hesitate.

  3. Review by Brian Donohoe

    Having known Sylvester for many years, I can enthusiastically recommend him as a world-class saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, arranger, producer, and overall musical mind. Aside from being a gifted and accomplished musician, he's a genuinely good human being, as well, which is priceless. Hire him without hesitation.

  4. Review by Chris Stath

    Sly is top class. Respected, well rounded, and one of the most humble. It is a pleasure and an honor to work on tunes with him. NYC hardened and well traveled, interesting and dynamic musical decision making, and a great dude !

  5. Review by Steven Brezet
    by Steven Brezet

    Sly is an incredible person and genius musician. I had the honour to work with him in my new production. Sly really adds a lot of flavour and musicality to the songs. His knowledge, feel and open mindset makes him one of my favorite musicians / producers at the moment.

  6. Review by Jonathan “Numonics” Rosenfeld
    by Jonathan “Numonics” Rosenfeld

    Sly is an incredible talent, with extreme proficiency in arrangement and production. While known as a world class musician on the horns, he shows equivalent prowess with woodwinds.

    I have worked with Sly on a variety of projects. Custom cues for sync licensing, co-producing instrumentals for hip hop and funk legends, and arranging lush horn and woodwind sections. Every project that I bring to his table, he finds a solution for.

  7. Review by JSWISS
    by JSWISS

    What I love about working Sylvester is that only his genius as a musician apparent, and his production dynamic, but he also has a great feel for crafting music that just has an infectious raw energy. It’s a pleasure working with him because he always has ideas to bounce off of my own that take the music to the next level with each draft. It’s a fun process with him and I can trust that if I bring it on my end, something special is going to result from it.

  8. Review by Benjamin Julia
    by Benjamin Julia

    A genius composer , arranger, and musician! An innovator in the tradition of American music and recorded music in general. He is a pleasure to collaborate with due to his open minded approach to writing music and the production process as well as his melodic mastery and understanding or harmony.

  9. Review by Denitia

    Sylvester is an incredible musician and producer. I've worked with him on several projects over the years and every time, his musicianship blows me away. His arrangements are amazing and everything he brings to the sax, clarinet, and flute is just gorgeous. Super professional and musically on point. Definitely recommend!

Olive by Denitia & Sene

I was the Producer/Arranger/Keyboardist/Saxophonist in this production

Terms Of Service

Arrangements - 2 week turnaround time. 2 revisions. Additional $50/each
Horn Work (clarinets, flutes, saxes) - 1-7 day turnaround time depending on scheduling

GenresSounds Like
  • Denitia & Sene
  • Marlon Craft
  • Quincy Jones
Gear Highlights
  • baritone saxophone
  • tenor saxophone
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • bass clarinet
  • Roland tr-08
  • moog minotaur
  • yamaha dx7
  • Apollo Twin X
  • Earthworks SV33 Condenser Microphone
  • Baby Grand Piano
  • Nord Electro
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