Ariel Loud is an aspiring composer, saxophonist, educator and producer. Born and raised in Seattle’s Central District, he followed in the footsteps of his three older brothers by attending Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. While Ariel spent his earlier childhood studying piano, ballet, and breakdancing, it was his Jazz education on the saxophone at Washington and Garfield under Robert Knatt, Kelly Barr-Clingan and Clarence Acox that determined his future in music. During this time he was fortunate enough to study under the direction of saxophonists Nathaniel Schleimer, Gary Hammond and Mark Taylor.
Throughout his years at Garfield, Ariel taught himself how to make beats out of original ideas and samples on digital audio workstations, and started seriously writing original music. His first major work as a writer was composing a set for an octet of friends from Garfield’s Jazz Ensemble program and to perform and compete with at the Reno Jazz Festival. After graduating from Garfield in 2013, Ariel spent a year living at home, working, and developing collaborative relationships with local artists including Big World Breaks, and spoken word poet Troy Osaki , among others.
Since the Fall of 2010, Ariel has developed a passion for teaching through Seattle JazzED. In his sophomore year at Garfield, he started teaching as a volunteer saxophone coach for students in Robert Knatt’s beginning ensemble. Most recently, Ariel has been an official instructor for Seattle JazzED and was the Assistant Director of the Summer 2014 Jazz Ambassador program. He worked alongside Education Director and brother Aaron Walker-Loud to design curriculum, arrange scores and direct rehearsals for large ensembles of students with various experience and skill levels.
Currently, Ariel is studying Contemporary Writing & Production and Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As of now his goal is to pursue graduate studies in Music Education. Since beginning his run at Berklee, Ariel has formed a new original music project entitled Sangama.
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