Milena Casado is a composer, flugelhorn and trumpet player from Spain. She has performed with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenny Werner, John Patitucci, Kris Davis, Melissa Aldana, Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, George Garzone and Francisco Mela among others.
Milena started her musical career studying classical music. Thanks to a friend's father who was always playing jazz on the radio, she developed a love and connection for jazz that would take her to obtain the "Ferrer Salat Joves Promeses" scholarship to attend El Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona in 2016. During that same year she was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her college degree at Berklee College of Music where she graduated in 2019. At Berklee she was part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, studying with artistic director Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano and Ben Street among others. Milena was also part of the Berklee jazz and Gender Justice institute studying with Terri Lyne Carrington and Kris Davis.
During the course of her career apart from performing with well renowned artists at venues and festivals such as the Blue Note NYC, Dizzy's Club, Smalls Jazz Club, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Washington DC Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Marciac Jazz Festival, she has been focusing on composing her own music, and performing her pieces in different settings which include trio, quartet, sextet and nonet.