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"Karla Avila's rich tone and smooth delivery

filled the hall's resonant space with

Messiaen's whirling, melancholy lines."

~Phyllis Rosenblum, Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 11, 2010



San Francisco-based musical artist Karla Avila combines her virtuosic and deeply expressive clarinetistry with her passion for Western classical music, jazz, folk and popular music the world over in dynamic and innovative live performances ranging in musical style from the traditional to the latest in genre-bending experimental.

Karla's unique musical stylings on clarinet, saxophone, and voice can be heard everywhere from the concert hall to intimate neighborhood cafes. She has performed as a soloist and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe and the U.S., and loves to collaborate with composers, dancers, and visual artists of all kinds.

A music educator with over 15 years of teaching experience, she maintains a private teaching studio in San Francisco as well as serving on the woodwind faculty of various Bay Area secondary schools and colleges.




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