RICARDO PONCESound Design • records, engineers, and mixes audio as well as composes original music for SLF projects. The Buenos Aires-born-and-raised artist has been lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal composer for the alternative rock band Planta, a fixture on Gotham's indie scene since he founded it shortly after moving to NYC in 2003. Recently, Ricardo launched LADO B, an altrock trio –– featuring Marcelo Domínguez (guitar) and Victor Babilonia (drums) –– in which he returns to his songwriting roots and to the bass as he also creates original content for M&R Music Revolution. Before re-planting in New York, Ponce studied bass as well as musical theory, composition, and arrangement at the Instituto Tecnológico de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires, where he produced two albums of his own as well as one for the group Salmasis. In NYC, Ponce founded Brokentime Studio where he has produced recordings by Victoria Gutiérrez, Estéban en Armas, Marcelo Domínguez and the band Nectar's album Jump the Fence (2008), on which he also performs, as well as two Planta albums: Unwind (2013) and Keep the Light on (2015). Ricardo is a central figure in the operation of Terraza 7 –– the renowned music venue in Elmhurst, Queens –– where he has tended bar and organized shows since 2007. He lives with his two daughters in East Elmhurst.