Mindi Woods Odehnal, Aryana Nemati, Karita Carter and Elizabeth Kania feat. Glamour Profession
Mindi Woods Odehnal, Aryana Nemati, Karita Carter and Elizabeth Kania perform in the Blue Room with Glamour Profession: The Music of Steely Dan.
Kansas City native Aryana Nemati has a true passion for music. She has been playing the saxophone for the past 13 years in addition to flute and clarinet. As she became more involved with music, she began studying with local baritone saxophonist/composer, Kerry Strayer.
Aryana continued to pursue her musical aspirations at UMKC’s conservatory. She received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance/Studio Music in the winter of 2014. Here she has studied with Tim Timmons, Zach Shemon, Dan Thomas, and Bobby Watson. She performed with both jazz and classical ensembles at the conservatory. In the spring of 2017, Nemati completed her teaching assistance ship and received a master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Today Nemati performs regularly with bands of various genres such as reggae, ska, jazz, salsa, motown, and funk. She has performed at a number of music festivals including Walkarusa in Mulberry, Arkansas, SXSW in Austin, Texas, and the Middle of the Map Music Festival at home in Kansas City. Nemati has recorded with many local artists. She enjoys exploring all styles of music and understanding where each comes from. She has had the honor of playing with the following: Harry Connick Jr., Mindi Abair, Sister Carol, Reeko Lion, Naggo Morris, Harold ‘Spike’ Bonhart, Ernie Andrews.
Karita Carter was brought up and schooled in an all-musical family in Kansas City, Kansas. Karita played piano,violin,cello and bass until she was introduced to the trombone by her junior high school music instructor. From that time on to the present, playing the trombone has opened the door to many wonderful musical experiences. She has participated in musical events that have featured both local and national artist within the world of Jazz, R&B, etc. Her intentions are to continue to expand on her musical experiences in all genres.
Elizabeth Kania is a newly based trumpet player and musician in the Kansas City area. She has experience with a wide variety of styles including big band, orchestra, wind band, opera, chamber groups, and electronic music. Her musical studies and performances have taken her all around the world, from Thessaloniki, Greece to Waimea, Hawaii and many places in the continental United States. She has had the opportunity to perform in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall and the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
Elizabeth has performed as principal trumpet with the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble on their tour to Carnegie Hall in 2017 and their College Band Directors National Association Southern Division premiere in 2018, where the ensemble debuted the first United States performance of Tōru Takemitsu's work, Concerto de Chambre. (A recording of this work can be found on the Virginia Tech music page.) Elizabeth has also performed with various groups such the renowned Kandinsky Trio, the Fountain City Brass Band, Fifth Bridge Trumpet Ensemble, and at the 2017 ITG conference in Hershey, PA. Elizabeth can also be heard on the album, Another Reason to Celebrate: The Music of Don Pullen with the Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble.