Full Bio

Full Bio

Dr. Marilyn K. Clark Silva is an internationally recognized percussionist, Marimba One Artist, Arizona Teaching Artist, and headlining performer for the Oh My Ears New Music Festival. She currently performs as part of Island Steel and the OME House Band, as well as solo performances and freelance work.

She has performed as a Resident Artist at Tempe Center for the Arts and wrote and performed original scores for theatrical productions of Some Velvet Morning by Neil LaBute and Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl. In addition, she has composed extensively for solo and small chamber ensembles, and will be premiering her latest work, Elemental, at the 2019 Oh My Ears New Music Festival in Phoenix, AZ. She has premiered works throughout the United States, and internationally at the Alfredo de Saint Malo International Music Festival in Panama, The National Center of Music and the University of Costa Rica, and in Adria, Italy. She has performed and produced three albums with Tandem Duo, Bars and Bows, Velvet Scraps, and Dear Elizabeth. In 2016 Tandem Duo produced the international Kondo Festival.

She is a consultant for hand drum classes for The Brain Injury Alliance and the Arizona Governor’s Council on Brain and Spinal Injuries, and spoke at the 2017 Arizona Brain Injury Alliance Convention, 2018 Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Convention, and 2018 Arizona Coalition for Military Families Symposium. 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 was a featured artist with Sugar and Carbs for the Interference Concert Series in Flagstaff, AZ, writes literature reviews for Percussive Notes, and premiered a new chamber work at the 2016 American Harp Society, Inc. National Conference. She has been interviewed on MPR, KBACH, Panama National Radio, and PBS.

Dr. Clark Silva received her bachelor's in percussion performance from California State University, Sacramento, master's in percussion performance from Arizona State University, D.M.A. in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota, and is currently pursuing an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training certification at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, with a focus on Yoga for Musicians, and Yoga for Every Body through Yoga Body Psychology.