With intricate shimmering colors over fragments of tunes, SHEREE CLEMENT builds surprising narratives. She upends the listener’s expectations with politically charged texts, found sounds and unusual structures, all to wake us up to the upheaval, conflicting truths and possibilities of now.
Her works have been performed in New York at Merkin Hall and Miller Theatre, at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and at the Temple du Luxembourg, Paris, France. The New York Times has described her work as ‘intriguing’… ‘fascinating in its explorations of instrumental color’ [with] ‘arresting moments of calm’. Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Sheree has had her works performed by Speculum Musicae, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Canyonlands Ensemble in Salt Lake City.
Three new works will be premiered in the 2023-24 season: Vocalise, for the Louis Moreau Gottschalk Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mermaid Songs, for the Momenta Quartet and Ariande Greif, and Fast Fish for the New York New Music Ensemble. This season Sheree will also produce a music video of her work, Teeth, for solo piano and fixed media with Eliza Garth.
Among her honors are grants from NYSCA and a Goddard Leiberson Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Sheree holds composition degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia University.
Table Manners, for two sopranos and 40 pounds of silverware, a comedic vocal duet about friendship, competition and greed. In the livestream premiere a viewer described the work as ‘whimsical, passionate, intriguing, voluptuous…’ See the award-winning music video of the work with soprano Ariadne Greif performing both parts.
Teeth, a short monodrama for piano and fixed media, set in the year 2020, in which a woman faces her mind-bending isolation, ambulance sirens, and struggles to comprehend the epidemic of death. Eliza Garth premiered it at Merkin Hall in March, 2023. See a video of the premiere here.
Sheree was President of the League of Composers / ISCM 2011-14 and Executive Director of the New York New Music Ensemble from 2014-2017. She remains on the Board of Directors of both organizations and is a member of APNM and NYWC. She enjoys connecting new music organizations with audiences and producing new music videos.
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by Tatiana Daubek
by Chris Scott-Snyder