Riley Mulherkar and the

Festival All-Stars


About the Artists

Riley Mulherkar, trumpet

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 Riley has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” by The New York Times and praised by The Wall Street Journal  as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that creates the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Riley works with a number of leading artists of our time, including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alan Cumming, and Anna Deavere Smith. Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at Joye in Aiken, bringing leading young talent to the historic city of Aiken, South Carolina.

Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Riley is actively engaged in educational outreach, founding the music program at START Osceola, directing the Summer Advanced Institute at Seattle JazzEd, and serving as an ambassador for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” program in New York and St. Louis. He has facilitated master classes in Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States.

Molly Miller, guitar


 Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style. 

She’s one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz and The Black Eyed Peas. She’s played for thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, Telluride Music Festival, and Planeta Atlantida. When she’s not on tour, Miller heads her own trio, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Miller is also the Chair of the Guitar Department at Los Angeles College of Music. Her debut album, The Shabby Road Recordings, released July 2017 includes the all-star rhythm section of Jay Bellerose (B.B. King, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt) and Jennifer Condos (Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks).

Bryan Carter, drums

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With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career. Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.

Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L. Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross-collaborative performance.

Bryan is currently touring the world with his band, “Bryan Carter & The Young Swangers”. He also served as the house drummer for NBC’S “Maya & Marty” starring Maya Rudolph, Keenan Thompson and Martin Short. The show has featured guests including Miley Cyrus, Tom Hanks, Drake, Steve Martin and Tina Fey.

Aside from performing Carter conducts clinics, master-classes and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter serves as a teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Jazz for Young People” program in New York City and endorses Ludwig Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and 1964-Ears Monitors.

Dan Chmielinski, double bass

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Dan “Chimy” (shim'-ee) Chmielinski began his love affair with the bass at the young age of 3.  Now 24, Dan is an accomplished bassist and composer who has traveled the world and performed/recorded with Joey Alexander, Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chase Baird, Brad Mehldau, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jon Batiste, Marc Cary, Beka Gochiashvili, Antonio Sanchez, Nir Felder, Etienne Charles, Camille Bertault, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Bryan Carter, Eric Harland, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Ulysses Owens Jr., Adison Evans, Steve Wilson, Carl Allen and The New York Jazz Symposium and many more.

He recently received his master's degree in jazz studies from the prestigious program at The Juilliard School. Dan also earned his bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School, studying under the great Ron Carter. In 2014, he was selected to receive Juilliard’s Ron Carter Scholarship. The program chair, Wynton Marsalis, once publicly referred to Dan as, "a young star of jazz," and considers him to be one of the most serious musicians of his generation. Dan is proficient in many genres, and his diverse background has allowed him to record and perform with country sensation Kelsea Ballerini on national television, accompany the stars of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” perform with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, and much more. He has performed in 14 different countries and has graced prestigious venues and festivals including The Hollywood Bowl, Chicago Symphony Center, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Monterrey Jazz Festival, The Umbria Jazz Festival, Ravinia Festival and many more. He has been continuously inspired and mentored by some of the world’s greatest musicians, jazz and classical alike, including Richard Davis, Ben Wolfe, Rufus Reid, Jason Heath, Carlos Henriquez, Jay Anderson, and others.

Prior to attending The Juilliard School, Dan attended Glenbrook South High School, participating heavily in their Grammy Award Winning arts program. Dan also participated in both the jazz and classical programs at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. In the summer of 2012, Dan was one of 15 musicians selected to participate in Ravinia’s prestigious Steans Institute, where he collaborated with jazz masters David Baker, Nathan Davis, Curtis Fuller, and Rufus Reid.  

Dan is also well studied in composition, prolific in both scoring for film as well as concert music. Recently, Dan was one of 8 composers selected to participate in BMI’s, “Composing for the Screen” film scoring mentorship, under the guidance of acclaimed media composer Rick Baitz." He has also studied with composers Philip Lasser, Kendall Briggs and Edward Bilous. Dan scored filmmaker Connor Smith’s debut feature-length film, “Smoke in the Air.” He recently finished composing for Smith's latest project, "Shakespeare at the Point," a documentary following a group of elementary school students from Hunts Point in the South Bronx who stage a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Dan also recorded on the soundtrack for Woody Allen’s, “Cafe Society.” Dan has also composed works for dance, including a recent electronic composition, “Here, Now, Always,” scored to choreographer Caitlyn Javech’s 2017 piece. Dan is also an award winning electronic music producer.

In addition, Dan teaches privately and educates through Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People Program, Juilliard’s Educational Outreach Program and Juilliard’s jazz summer programs. You can hear Dan most recently on Joey Alexander’s second album entitled, “Countdown," and can also be heard on Sam Chess and the Checkmates recently released “Hot Cereal”, Lake Jiroudek’s recently released EP, “Moving On,” as well as Adison Evans’ debut album, “Hero.” Dan plays and endorses Pirastro Eudoxa strings.

Sam Reider, accordion/piano

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Sam Reider is a composer, accordionist, pianist, and singer from Brooklyn, NYC.

Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s travelled extensively overseas as a musical ambassador for the United States Department of State, been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. Reider’s debut record Too Hot To Sleep presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of top-drawer musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands: Alex Hargreaves on violin, Roy Williams on guitar, Eddie Barbash on saxophone, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Dave Speranza on bass.

Reider’s debut record Too Hot To Sleep presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of top-drawer musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands.

Reider grew up in San Francisco, the son of a musical theatre composer and klezmer musician. He began performing at a young age, and was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR when he graduated high school. At Columbia University, he fell in love with American folk music. While writing his senior thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin, Sam began studying bluegrass and old-time music, transcribing the fiddle melodies for the accordion and learning to sing the songs. 

This set him off on a journey that has taken him from back porches and dive bars to concert halls and major festivals in practically every state in the country. Representing the U.S. Department of State as a musical ambassador, Sam has travelled to China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Azerbaijan, carrying his accordion on his back everywhere he goes and collaborating at every opportunity with international artists.  

Now he’s surrounded himself with a crew of some of the most in-demand young acoustic musicians on the scene in Brooklyn. The Human Hands have developed a cultish following and a reputation for mind-bending sets of high-energy, improvised music.