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Alex Clements: Bio

Alex Clements

Many adjectives can be used to describe the many facets of this talented and creative Canadian jazz pianist and composer. Clements is an internationally recognized artist, performing in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa. One of Clements’ highest accomplishments is an Alberta Achievement Award, which was presented to him by the Government of Alberta. He performs nightly in Cirque du Soleil’s water show ‘O’ and teaches jazz at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Maintaining an active performing career in jazz, Clements organizes his own concerts at venues across the US, most recently at the Smith Center Composers Showcase. Collaborating with the Gateway Arts Foundation, his Latin jazz sextet headlined twice at the Starbright Theatre as well as the Lloyd George Court House. Clements has performed at jazz festivals including the Montreal International Jazz Festival and competed twice in the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition in Paris. The competition consisted of 59 high level jazz pianists from around the world.

Clements skills as a composer and arranger are recognized by a series of commissions for Canada’s nationally known Montreal Jazz Big Band, including a 60-minute suite entitled “Jazz Images” portraying the history of jazz. In addition, Suite No. 4 ‘Cycles’ can be heard on the McGill Jazz Orchestra’s 2005 release Ostinatocious and in 2009 by the Timucua Jazz Orchestra on their album Live @ Timucua. Clements is also an active film composer. His latest score features his Latin jazz sextet in a short Canadian dance film entitled Turnaround Tango. Other film projects include music for the Rockefeller Center’s multi-media exhibit presenting Paramount Pictures re-issue of It’s a Wonderful Life. Clements received an AEGIS award for his music score in the film documentary Lewis and Clark: Following their Footsteps.

An active recording artist, Clements is currently recording with his Latin jazz sextet highlighting his Afro-Cuban suite Gateway. He has recorded three albums under his own name, Suite No. 3 ‘The Cycle of Life’, Emily’s Song and Waiting for you…His album Waiting for you… received extensive publicity and favorable reviews and had over 400 spins across North America. Furthermore, the release landed at #50 on Jazzweek, #2 at !Earshot Jazz (Canadian jazz chart), #5 Chartattack (Canadian jazz chart), and #34 on CMJ. Clements’ most recent album Between Stops, released 2009, is a collaboration with Cirque musicians John Abraham and Zara Tellander.

Clements holds a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor's degree in Arranging from Berklee College of Music. He also completed two associateship performance diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Mount Royal College Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded a gold medal and scholarship. 

In the past fifteen years, Clements has received numerous scholarships and awards from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, The Canada Council, The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record (FACTOR), McGill University (Margaret Houlding Memorial Prize), Berklee College of Music (Achievement Scholarships), the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Arts Study Grants), and Québec Music Award (Prix Opus).