Carl Clements (saxophones/flutes/bamboo flute) received a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music in 1987, an MFA in Jazz Performance from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990, completed a year of study in the DMA program in World Music at the New England Conservatory, and received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010. His PhD dissertation is entitled "Pannalal Ghosh and the Bānsurī in the Twentieth Century" (see abstract), and his writing is published in various academic books and journals (see Academic Resume). He has studied North Indian classical music on the bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute) since 1989 with Dave Philipson, Amiya Dasgupta, Steve Gorn, Devendra Murdeshwar, George Ruckert, Peter Row, and Nityanand Haldipur.
Carl has most recently recorded with guitarist Kevin Kastning, Alex Snydman, and Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolotion. His CD Forth and Back features his original compositions for jazz quartet. He has released four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent, and he is featured on numerous other recordings. He has performed at jazz festivals and concerts in Germany, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Dubai, New York, and Boston, including performances with James Newton, Natraj, Divya, Crosscurrent, and Sundar Shor. Carl has also performed and/or recorded with such noted musicians as Luciana Souza, Rez Abbasi, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner, Willard Dyson, George Schuller, John Lockwood, Luques Curtis, Jean-Yves Jung, Kevin Kastning, Russ Spiegel, Ranjit Barot, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Louiz Banks, Ed Byrne, Charlie Haden, and many others.
He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Hampshire College, and is an active performer and composer of jazz and world music.
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