Laena "Geronimo" Myers-Ionita paints emotion in sounds, vibrantly unfolding into the sonic landscape. Acutely sensitive intuition heavily steeped in technical skill and rounded out by years of experience forms her arsenal. She confidently affects.
As a classically-trained violinist with more than twenty years of consistent study under her belt, Laena is well-versed in sight-reading and working with other string players, and provides full technical reliability. A deep emphasis on tone pervades her work. She studied violin privately under highly-respected Russian and German instructors, and throughout her adolescence performed regularly with The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and later The Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. Laena's classical violin work has been featured live and on recordings in symphonies, various chamber group configurations and as a solo performer.
Laena is most often sought out for her improvisational strengths however, applying her classical skills toward contemporary sounds and ideas. She works primarily with bands, songwriters, producers, and performance artists and dedicates her talents to best serve the artistic intent at hand in a fluid, familiar way. She has an extraordinary talent for memorization, playing 'by-ear' and also charting out sheet music on the spot- abilities that prove invaluable when working with artists who have ideas of what they want but lack the language to convey them. These skills extend beyond violin to other instruments as well, and Laena is often called in as a clutch electric bass or guitar player on recording sessions, one-off gigs and tours.
When she's not channeling your muse, Laena is busy writing songs and performing locally and abroad with her own band FEELS. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.