Mariel Bildsten graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in December 2015 with a BFA in Jazz Performance. She currently works as a professional trombonist in New York, playing mostly in jazz bands and small groups, as well as world and Caribbean music, classical, funk, R&B, and Latin music bands. Mariel has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Smalls Jazz Club, the Kennedy Center, and Swing 46, performing alongside Wynton Marsalis, Louis Hayes, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brian Lynch, Pedrito Martinez, Cyrus Chestnut, Lew Soloff, Jerry Dodgion, and Frank Lacy, among others. Mariel leads her own quartet and trio. She is a teaching artist for El Sistema programs, in addition to her private lesson teachings.
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Karl Lyden is a low-brass musician based in New York City. He has performed/recorded with such artists as Lucy Woodward, John Daversa, No BS! Brass, Lawrence, and is a member of ska-punk band Streetlight Manifesto. Karl received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he became well-versed in jazz and classical repertoire. He then completed a Master’s degree at New York University where he was an adjunct faculty instructor. His first big band chart “Downside Up” was the 2011 Winner for Undergraduate Orchestrated Work in Downbeat Magazine. He was recently in the band for the new musical Lazarus written by David Bowie as well as the first national tour of Broadway’s A Night with Janis Joplin. He currently holds the trombone chair at Prince of Broadway.
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Jason Silva earned a degree in music performance at Brooklyn College and plays the trombone, tuba, and trumpet. Jason has performed with the Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra and the One World Symphony. He also has experience playing different styles of popular and folk music, and he performs with several Latin bands such as La Rebelión and Cholo Rivera y su Orquesta Clásica.