Carl Clements is an active performer on saxophones, flute, and bansuri (Indian bamboo flute), and received a Ph.D.in ethnomusicology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music, an MFA in Jazz Performance from CalArts, and completed a year of study in the DMA program in World Music at the New England Conservatory. He has studied North Indian classical music on the bansuri since 1989 with Dave Philipson, Amiya Dasgupta, Steve Gorn, Devendra Murdeshwar, George Ruckert, Peter Row, and Nityanand Haldipur. His scholarly concentration has been primarily directed toward the musics of India and the Americas, as well as cross-cultural exchange between Indian and Western musical styles. His dissertation focuses on Pannalal Ghosh, a major innovator in the performance of the bansuri in Hindustani classical music in the twentieth century. Mr. Clements’ performance/composition credentials include a CD of his original compositions for jazz quartet, four duo CDs with guitarist Kevin Kastning, and four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent. He is featured on numerous other recordings as a sideman, and he has performed at jazz festivals and concerts in the US, Europe, Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, including performances with James Newton, Sundar Shor, Natraj, Divya, Crosscurrent, and many others. He is currently teaching at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
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