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Paul Clarvis

Paul Clarvis brings his unique style to all musical genres and has worked with musicians ranging from Mick Jagger, Nina Simone, Steve Swallow, Harrison Birtwhistle and John Dankworth to Paul McCartney, John Taylor and Moondog. He has recorded with Gordon Beck, Brian Ferry, Marc Ribot, Sam Rivers, Richard Thompson, The Orb, John Adams. Michael Nyman, Loreena McKennitt, Mark Anthony Turnage and Michel Legrand. He's recently been part of Mark Lewandowski's WALLER and Liam Noble Trio. He works with many London orchestras, plays ethnic percussion on TV and film sessions, and was the late Leonard Bernstein's preferred percussionist in London. He was featured as a soloist on the last night of the Proms in 1996 in a concerto for saxophone and drum kit by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle. In1998, 2000 and 2001 he was chairman of the Percussion judges for the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Paul is in several regular bands, Andy Sheppard’s "Learning to Wave"; Stan Sulzmann’s Big Band; "Four in Perspective" - Wheeler, Hersch, Winstone; Henry Lowther’s "Still Waters";"Bubbling Under with Sonia Slany, Stan Sulzmann, and Tony Hymas; John Williams and friends; Colin Townes Mask Orchestra; and Victoria Mullova’s "Through the Looking Glass" with Julian Joseph. He has recently performed with Nina Simone, Fred Hersch, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone; Mose Allison; Herbie Hancock; Noel Akchote and Sylvain Kassap in CAKE; Ernst Reisenjeger; Terence Blanchard; Myra Melford, Leroy Jenkins, and Joseph Jarman; and recorded with Mick Jagger, John Harle; Paul McCartney; Maurice Jarre; John Williams; Victoria Mullova; Elton John; Andy Sheppard; Damon Albarn; Tony Hymas / Stan Sulzmann / Sonia Slany / Henry Lowther; and Elvis Costello. As one of the most requested session musicians, he has played on numerous films including Star Wars, Thunderbirds, The Passion, Troy, King Arthur, Kingdom of Heaven, Around the World in 80 Days, Alien v Predator, Lord of the Rings, Madgascar, On a Clear Day, Spy Games, Captain Corellis Mandolin, Shakespeare in Love, G.I.Jane, James Bond, Billy Elliot, Notting Hill, and many others. Paul co-leads Orquestra Mahatma which specialises in improvisations on folk tunes from all over the world. He also leads an improvising trio "For All the Saints" with Stan Sulzmann and Tony Hymas. He has travelled widely researching and studying music from other countries and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, recently made an HonRAM. Paul has written "Global Heartbeat 1,2 and 3" on KPM, which is music of the world, "Drumming" and "Jazz notes" on West One, and "Shadow Soul", percussion based urban grooves, on KPM. He has recently recorded double album "Power Percussion" for KPM.


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