Toby Karlin is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer from Los Angeles, CA. He holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Music is a language with many dialects, and to Toby, the supreme method of communication. He has studied Saxophone performance, music production, jazz and classical composition, songwriting, music synthesis, classical Indian music, West African percussion, meditative sound design, and sound healing, among others. He views these as access points to the broader language that connects us all.
Toby has had the privilege to study and perform with some amazing musicians including: Lee Secard (Colburn School), Andy Mcghee, Jackie Beard, Harry Skoler, Mikael Ringquist, Matt Jenson, Jeff Harrington (Berklee College), Garth Trinidad, James Carter, and many more Los Angeles locals. He has performed both solo and as part of various ensembles for festivals such as San Diego's Pacific Beach Fest, Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series, as well as touring the country promoting literacy in the Fight Evil, Read Books campaign. As multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded and performed with numerous artists in Los Angeles, including Magnolia Memoir, Garfunkel and Oates, Sasha Campbell, Alice, and White Lights. He had the opportunity to visit Algeria on a State Department goodwill program to share the music of Mankind is Obsolete and learn about Algerian culture, and returned home with a new understanding of Gnawa music.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Toby continues to evolve and create, with a particular interest in collaborating in visual art, film, virtual reality, and multi-media projects. While the scope of his music remains broad, he is particularly interested and skilled in producing in the following genres: ambient/atmospheric, funk/hip hop, electronic/synthwave, percussive/high energy/big beats, live saxophone, dramatic tension and release, quirky whimsical stabs and interludes.
Toby continues to compose and consult for Invertigo Dance Theatre of Los Angeles, who recently received a New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Production Grant. He is producing, songwriting and performing for an album of original music with Myuna to be released in 2019. Myuna writes, records, and performs music, and co-creates sound baths and multi-sensory experiences.