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Sheree Clement

Sheree Clement

Mermaid Songs sets three poems from Heather Hartley’s book Adult Swim: Sleepless Nights of Marine Life, When all your friends are sea urchins and Syrenka. For female voice and string quartet, commissioned by Ariadne Greif and the Momenta String Quartet, with support from NYSCA.

Table Manners — for two sopranos and 40 pounds of silverware – is a comedic vocal duet about friendship, competition, and greed. Commissioned by Ariadne Greif, with support from the QCA and a residency at Flushing Town Hall from Exploring the Metropolis. Text by Phillis Levin. Performed here in a new version for soprano and baritone by Ariadne Greif and Paul Pinto.  Produced as a music video during the pandemic, starring Greif in both roles, directed by Mary Birnbaum. In the livestream premiere a viewer described the work as ‘whimsical, passionate, intriguing, voluptuous…’ The experimental short has since garnered numerous awards in film festivals internationally and is overdue for a live premiere.

With intricate shimmering colors over fragments of tunes, composer 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.  Among her honors are grants from NYSCA and a Goddard Leiberson Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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