We’re please to announce film composer Stanley Clarke’s invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. This year only 271 artists and executives were extended invitations to the elite 6,417 membership. All have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
“I am honored,” Clarke says. “Film has been a diverse experience for me musically, made me a more complete musician, and focused my skills completely.”
“The music in a film is essential and always has been. It is the glue that holds the film together,” Clarke adds. “It enhances the emotions of the characters, augments the action and helps lead the audience on their journey through the story. I feel a great responsibility to the craft of film scoring for these reasons, which makes the invitation so special.”
Clarke and other new members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.
CLICK HERE to read the official announcement from the Academy.
“Seven years ago, my partner/husband, Mark McClafferty and I were discussing the various writers, musicians, painters, sculptors who had influenced our lives and I told him about the Vigeland Park story. He insisted I dust it off. With his urging, I wrote the musical Artland. With my first draft in hand, Mark then took me to see his friend, Stanley Clarke, the one musician he had worked with who he thought would be ideal to compose the music. As I finished reading Artland to Stanley he had a tear in his eye and said “I want to be a part of this.” He explained that “traveling to so many countries in the world with all the different musical languages has really inspired me and helps me to lay down an extreme appreciation of diversity.” We went on to discuss how art is the common bond that ultimately can bring unity to diversity and people together.” – Pamela McClafferty
The play will be premiering June 13th-15th at LACSHA in LA. Tickets are available HERE! The music for this play was written by Stanley Clarke.
Stanley has been working on an album with Al Jarreau and many other artists as a tribute to the great George Duke. George’s music and spirit was, and will remain, loved all over the world. Click here to watch a video of Al and Stanley talking about their memories of George, what you can expect from this album, and their upcoming performances together at the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Capital Jazz Festival.