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Brooklyn-based cellist Clarice Jensen brings the same genuine excitement and commitment to performing music of any genre or style, from the solo cello suites of J.S. Bach, to new music by Elliott Carter or Steve Reich, to her many rock and experimental collaborations.
In addition to the ensemble she founded and leads, ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble (“vital,” “brilliant,” “electrifying," The New York Times), Clarice is a member of the classical/pop sextet yMusic (“one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music," NPR) and performs with indie rock band Ra Ra Riot.
Skilled at improvising and creating original string arrangements, Clarice has performed with pop and rock musicians including Paul McCartney, The National, Grizzly Bear, Silversun Pickups, Teddy Thompson, !!!, Owen Pallett, My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden), Max Richter, Stars of the Lid, Dustin O'Halloran, Shudder to Think, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Max Richter live in concert as well as on MTV Unplugged, the Oxygen Network, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live. She has recorded with The Arcade Fire, Ratatat, Grizzly Bear, Hole, Tyondai Braxton, Doveman, Jónsi, !!!, Owen Pallett, Matmos, and can also be heard on Nico Muhly's Speaks Volumes album.
Clarice's ensemble, ACME, is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. ACME presents cutting-edge literature by living composers alongside the “classics” of the contemporary, and has performed at Le Poisson Rouge, BAM, Stanford Lively Arts, Carnegie Hall, the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums, All Tomorrow's Parties, among many others. Time Out New York reports, "the ACME roster has consistently featured some of New York’s brightest, busiest players . . . And Jensen has earned a sterling reputation for her fresh, inclusive mix of minimalists, maximalists, eclectics and newcomers."
Clarice performed the U.S. premiere of Guo Wenjing's Concertino for Cello and Ensemble as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, the world premiere of Dimitri Yanov-Yanovsky's Hearing Solution for cello and ensemble as part of the Silk Road "Artist in Residence" program, the U.S. premiere of Roger Reynold's Process and Passion for cello, violin and computer, the world premiere of Donald Martino's Rhapsody for cello, vibraphone and piano, and the U.S. premiere of Kevin Volans’ Shiva Dances for string quartet. She also served as principal cellist for two years at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Past roles include production coordinator and assistant to Björk.
A student of Joel Krosnick, Clarice completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at The Juilliard School. She participated in master classes with composers Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, and Ned Rorem, and with a number of cellists including Yo Yo Ma, Harvey Shapiro, and Colin Carr. Clarice began studying cello at the age of three, and piano when she was five, in her hometown of Independence, Missouri.