Originally from Denver, Colorado, Margaret Slovak is a guitarist, composer and painter. She began playing the guitar at age 11, composing at age 14 and performing professionally at age 16. Margaret studied jazz and classical music and visual art, receiving her BFA in Jazz from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She also attended the Kansas City Art Institute, University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and the Banff Centre Summer Jazz Workshop in Alberta, Canada, receiving several scholarships for her studies. Margaret’s teachers included John Abercrombie, Dale Bruning, Hadley Caliman, Jerry Granelli, Jim Knapp, Art Lande, Gary Peacock, Dave Peterson, Julian Priester, Don Thompson, Ralph Towner and Kenny Wheeler.
After graduating from the Cornish College of the Arts in 1986, Margaret returned to Denver for two years to study, compose and perform. In 1988 she moved to New York City, where she spent five years leading her own band and performing her original music. While in New York, Margaret had the opportunity to perform and/or record with Fred Hersch, Michael Formanek, Michael Sarin and Joel Weiskopf; she also produced two recordings of her original music and played with the Peruvian folk/jazz group Antara. Margaret toured through Germany in the fall of 1991. In 1993 she moved from NYC to Portland, Oregon; in 1994 and 1995 she toured through the Northwestern US and British Columbia, Canada with her quartet, which included drummer Bob Moses. Margaret performed in Germany and the Czech Republic in the fall of 1996; she has also played extensively throughout Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Texas and California. Margaret moved back to the New York City area in 2008. In 2012 she relocated to Austin, Texas, where she continues to perform, compose and record.