Karl Lyden is a low-brass musician based in New York City. He has performed/recorded with such artists as Lawrence, No BS! Brass, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and is a member of ska-punk band Streetlight Manifesto. Karl also plays in Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras. He has held the trombone chair for several shows: the David Bowie musical Lazarus, first national tour of A Night with Janis Joplin, the revue Prince of Broadway, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2017-18), the show/concert Rocktopia, and the revival national tour of Miss Saigon (2018-19).
Before coming to New York, Karl worked in the show bands of Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines. In the summer of 2013, he performed in Disneyland as lead trombonist with the All-American College Band. His main instruments are trombone, bass trombone and bass guitar.
Karl is also active as a composer and arranger. His first big band piece “Downside Up” was the 2011 Winner for Undergraduate Orchestrated Work in Downbeat Magazine. Karl has arranged for various singer-songwriters, world music groups, and swing bands. Karl's latest original project is
Hi-Fi Lo-Vi (for High-Fidelity Low-Vibrations) comprised of duo and chamber pieces for trombone and other low-pitched instruments.
Karl received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he became well-versed in jazz and classical.
He then completed a Master's at New York University where he was an adjunct faculty instructor.