Steve Karla has been making music and art his whole life.
With over twenty years playing guitar, he now plays professionally and regularly in the Asheville, North Carolina region in several projects.
His passion is for practicing the high level of skill, while also expressively pushing the bounds, of the gypsy jazz genre. He approaches his playing much like a painting, with attention to layers, colors and textures of sound.
Formally trained in visual fine arts, Steve also continues to make surreal paintings that reference and use his experience with drawing, sculpture, music and exploring our internal creative processes. His paintings are mixed-media, narrative-like, and highly imaginative and detailed.
Recently, he has also been learning the artistry and craftsmanship of building and repairing guitars, with the help of several local luthiers. He is currently building his second handmade guitar, exploring customizations to suit the sound and needs of a contemporary gypsy jazz musician.