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Clarice Jensen

Clarice Jensen

Clarice Jensen is a Brooklyn, NYC-based composer and cellist who graduated from the Juilliard School with a BM and MM. As a solo artist, Clarice has developed a distinctive compositional approach, improvising and layering her cello through shifting loops and chains of electronic effects to explore rich, drone-based sound fields. Her pulsing, visceral and colourful work is deeply immersive, characterised by a sense of restraint and an almost hallucinatory clarity. She has forged an elegant and precise vision that is meditative yet possesses a sculptural sharpness and rigour that sets it apart from the swathe of New Age/DIY droners. Her music has been described by Self-Titled as "heavily processed, compelling neo-classical pieces that seem to come straight from another astral plane"; by Boomkat as "languorously void-touching ideas scaling and sustaining a sublime tension"; while Bandcamp noted, "a kaleidoscope of pulsing movement, rich in acoustic beating and charged with other psychoacoustic effects, constantly shifting in density and viscous timbre."

Clarice's striking debut album 'For This From That Will Be Filled' was released in April 2018 on the Berlin-based label Miasmah and followed in September 2019 with the 'Drone Studies' EP (a cassette release via Geographic North). She signed to FatCat's 130701 imprint in late summer 2019 and released her second album 'The Experience of Repetition As Death' in April 2020. NPR named it one of the 50 Best Albums of 2020, noting, "This collection of requiems for a dying mother ranks among the great ambient albums of the 21st century."

Clarice has recently scored three feature films - Amber Sealey's No Man of God, which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival; Takeshi Fukunaga's Ainu Mosir, which premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival; Fernanda Valadez's 2020 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film Sin Senas Particulares (Identifying Features), for which Jensen was nominated for the 2021 Ariel Award for Best Original Music by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. Both 'Ainu Mosir' and 'Identifying Features' were released as digital EPs on 130701.

Clarice has collaborated with a range of notable artists including Johann Johannsson, Max Richter, Bjork, Stars of the Lid, Dustin O'Halloran, Nico Muhly, Taylor Swift, Michael Stipe, The National and many more. As Artistic Director of ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), she has helped bring to life some of the most revered works in modern classical music, including pieces by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars and others.


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