Zack Clarke

Zack Clarke is a pianist and composer living and working in New York City. His most recent album, Random Acts of Order, was released on Clean Feed Records in 2017. Previous recordings include the electronic album Music For Headphones, and Dialectic, a collaboration with cellist Chris Irvine that features free improvisation based on Bach’s third cello suites. Clarke's emerging body of work reveals a command of diverse musical styles and a determined pursuit of new ideas through experimentation and improvisation. His music draws from classical, jazz, electronic music and minimalism; with the genres it references always serving to explore the broader concepts involved in improvised and free music. An active session artist and performer, Clarke has recorded or shared the stage with a number of prominent artists, including Tyshawn Sorey, Drew Gress, Ingrid Laubrock, Daniel Carter, Billy Drewes, Kenny Werner, Dre Hocevar, Sara Serpa, Sam Pluta and Rich Perry. In addition to appearances in the US, Clarke has performed in Europe and South America. As a collaborator he has appeared on numerous recordings, including Luis Antonio Castro's albums Koyari, Mirrors, and Rosa; and with percussionist Dre Hocevar on the album Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder. A Texas native and alum of Houston’s acclaimed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Clarke's abilities as a jazz improviser were recognized early on with multiple awards, including outstanding soloist awards from Downbeat Magazine and from the North Texas Jazz Festival

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

BFA - New England Conservatory; MM - New York University; Adjunct Faculty - New York University, 2012 -2014; Private studio

Clinic/Workshop Information

Cleveland Cello Society - Classical improvisation techniques; NYU - Masterclasses with Billy Drewes; HSPVA - Piano workshop

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Discography

Mesophase

Mesophase

Clean Feed Records
2018

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Random Acts of Order

Random Acts of Order

Clean Feed Records
2017

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