Guitarist and pianist Ariel Kasler holds a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, and an Alexander Technique Teaching Certificate from the Toronto School of the Alexander Technique. Both performer and educator, Kasler released an album, Above the Sound (2015) featuring originals and standards, and produced commissioned contemporary music for electric guitar and saxophone with his wife, saxophonist Bobbi Thompson.
Notably, he has performed as a soloist at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, the Clore Center for Music and Dance in Israel, New Music from Bowling Green, the NASA regional conference in Urbana-Champaign, the Victorian College of Arts in Australia, and Rutman’s Violins in Boston. He has also performed with the BGSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble, the Peter Hysen Octet, the London Jazz Orchestra, Hollywood’s Tribute to Michael Bublé, Hughes & Mac, and the Barry Usher Ensemble. Kasler has taught guitar and piano since 2001. He joined the faculty at Bowling Green State University in 2015, Ariel has been teaching Applied Jazz Guitar, Applied Guitar, Applied Jazz Piano, Jazz Lab II and much more.