Carissa Neufeld is a Toronto-based pianist, vibraphonist, composer and educator who studied at Humber College under Don Thompson. As a jazz pianist/vibraphonist she has played with greats such as George Koller (Holly Cole), Erik St. Laurent, Jaymz Bee and Rob McBride (to name a few) and has performed at Toronto venues such as the Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar, Jazz Bistro, Old Mill, Arts and Letters Club, McMichael Gallery and Lula Lounge. Recent recordings include Toronto Jazz Orchestra’s “20”, Steven Taetz’s “Drink You In” and Sarah Jerrom’s “The Yeats Project” which are played on Jazz FM91 and internationally. She currently plays with the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and occasionally appears with the Chris Hunt Tentet, Composer’s Collective Big Band and the Big Sound (a Motown band that plays at the Mod Club and the Great Hall). As an educator she has adjudicated piano festivals in both the Yukon and Toronto and has been a guest improvisation clinician for El Sistema. Her students have won countless competitions and have performed in masterclasses with greats such as David Braid. Her passion is encouraging students to perform in as many different capacities as possible and to play many different styles of music until they find their voice.