Toronto-based, Juno-nominated (Lemonbucket Orkestra 2014) trombonist, composer, and arranger. Karl Silveira has been performing, writing and teaching for over 15 years. Karl has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition at University of Toronto as well. He has studied music privately with a variety of professionals including Gordon Sweeney (principle Trombonist of the TSO), Terry Promane, Geoff Young, William Carn, Jim Lewis, Kelesley Grant as well as Jamie Reynolds and Andre Hayward.
In 2008, Karl was one of three trombonists selected internationally to attend The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas.
Since graduating, Karl has been working as a freelance musician playing at jazz clubs, weddings, corporate events, creative music showcases, cruise ships and music festivals. He performed regularly with The Boxcar Boys, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and also a variety of other bands including the Heavyweight Brass Band, Rickshaw Quintet, The Composer’s Collective Big Band, Mike Herriott’s OTR Band, The Woodshed Orchestra, The Ken Mcdonald Quartet, Make-Shift Island and Donny’s Boy.
The Karl Silveira Quintet features a dark sophisticated sound that explores the jazz tradition from a contemporary standpoint. It is comprised of esteemed musicians from Toronto’s Jazz scene including Harley Card, Dan Fortin, Ethan Ardelli and Matt Newton. Karl has performed with Clark Terry, Ben Monder, Buddy DeFranco, Al Kay, William Carn, Allison Au (Juno award winner), Pat Labarbara, Al Kay, Kevin Turcotte and Renee Rosnes.