Internationally recognized percussionist and Marimba One Educational Artist Marilyn K. Clark Silva has a classic portfolio career as an Arizona Teaching Artist through the Phoenix Center for the Arts and an active freelance percussionist currently located in the Phoenix metro. She is a founding member of both "Tandem Duo" and "Sugar and Carbs," chamber groups that commission and perform new works throughout the United States.
She has a performed with Island Steel, Salt River Brass Band, Vocal Essence, Phoenix First Assembly, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Folsom Symphony, Panic Steel Band, Crossing 32nd Street, Pan Devils Steel Band, J.T.'s Mexican Marimba Band, as well as many other diverse ensembles. Dr. Clark Silva teaches music history and theory as well as percussion ensemble at Veritas Prep Academy and teaches privately throughout the Phoenix valley.
Dr. Clark Silva was a panelist and presenter for the 2015 College Music Society National Convention and is the founder/developer of the Start-Up Steel pedagogical method. She is a faculty member and performing artist for the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory, a featured artist with Sugar and Carbs for the Interference Concert Series in Flagstaff, AZ, and premiered a new chamber work at the 2016 American Harp Society, Inc. National Conference. With Tandem Duo and Tandem Collective Dr. Clark Silva presented a national tour in the Spring of 2016 and a Colorado tour in Summer 2016 where they released their first album, Bars and Bows. In September 2016 they held the international Kondo Festival for which Dr. Clark Silva served as Artistic Director and premiered three new works. Both Tandem Duo and Sugar & Carbs were panelists and presenters at Phoenix Comicon 2016. Tandem Duo wrote and performed the score for Tempe Center for the Arts' production of the play Some Velvet Morning by Neil LaBute in March 2017, the music for which they arranged into a three movement suite included on their sophomore album, Velvet Scraps. They are presenting their second annual Colorado tour in Summer 2017, and will be partnering with The Bridge Initiative to present The Bechdel Test Fest in September 2017, as well as a performance series of new works by female composers and playwrites starting in October 2017.
Dr. Clark Silva is a pioneer in the technique of bowing the marimba and has had five compositions utilizing extended techniques premiered in the last two years. Outside of music Dr. Clark Silva advocates for animal rights and has started a Benefit Concert Series in Tempe, AZ to fund transporting animals from high kill shelters to foster homes around the country. She has also acted as a grant writer, shelter assessor, and volunteer for animal rescue organizations.
Dr. Clark Silva received her bachelor's in percussion performance from California State University, Sacramento, her master's in percussion performance from Arizona State University, and her D.M.A. in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota.