Friday, December 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis High alum Chris Clark releases jazz album featuring original tunes

cs100_digipak

By
From page A9 | April 02, 2013 |

Davis High alumnus Chris Clark, a 2005 graduate, has released a jazz album titled “Cedar Wisely” on the Songlines label.

Clark grew up in Davis — his parents still live here — and attended West Davis Elementary, Willett Elementary, Emerson Junior High and Davis High. He played with multiple school ensembles and was a pianist with an Emerson production of “The Sound of Music.”

He also played saxophone with the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band at Davis High, played piano with the Davis High Concert Choir and served as piano accompanist as well as a vocalist with the Davis High Madrigals.

After graduating from high school in 2005, Clark went to Wales as the Madrigals’ accompanist when they performed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2006, where the group was honored as Best Chamber Choir.

Clark went on to graduate from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he was honored as an outstanding undergraduate in jazz. Then he earned a master’s degree in jazz and improvisation at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied with Peter Epstein, who is featured as a saxophonist on “Cedar Wisely,” alongside Clark.

Another UNR professor, pianist David Ake, is also on the album. Bassist Zach Teran and drummer Jesus Vega — who were fellow students at UNR alongside Clark — complete the quintet.

While Clark plays tenor sax on the album, he acknowledges that “all but one of the tunes on ‘Cedar Wisely’ was composed on the piano. My usual process really just consists of improvising until I happen across a memorable melody or chord progression. There are many times I will spend several hours at the piano. … Once I find that initial idea that resonates with me, the rest of the tune tends to come to me fairly quickly. Honestly, sometimes it really does feel almost like the rest of the tune writes itself.”

Clark told The Enterprise that “All of the tunes are my own original compositions, with the exception of the two free improvisations.  The album explores a wide variety of moods, incorporating styles ranging from more subdued chamber-jazz to aggressive avante-garde and even occasional tinges of pop and rock.”

Clark said when he was writing the tunes on “Cedar Wisely,” he was thinking of figures as diverse as Ornette Coleman, the legendary jazz artist who performed at the Mondavi Center a few years back; Eric Whitacre, the choral composer whose pieces have been sung by the Madrigals; and even Britney Spears (“Yes, I am hesitant to include her, but she has a handful of killer tunes,” Clark admitted).

“The most important thing for me is that I feel connected to the music and can perform it with a sense of commitment and sincerity.”

Clark, who lives in Boston, will be playing gigs in New York and elsewhere on the East Coast to support the new album. He hopes to play venues on the West Coast in July, and is working on setting up dates in Sacramento and in Reno, but hasn’t firmed up all of the details.

Readers can sample the tunes on “Cedar Wisely,” and also download the complete album, at Clark’s website, cclarkmusic.com. It is also available on amazon.com and iTunes.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055.

 

Comments

comments

.

News

There’s a plate for you at the Davis Holiday Meal

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
UCD, UC team up to study effects of climate change

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Teens’ goal? Helping other soccer players around the world

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Police seek suspect in hit-and-run collision

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Help sought in search for runaway Davis teen

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Feds release ‘framework’ to rate colleges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Gunfire leads to DUI arrest

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Creative women share food, friendship

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Konditorei presents free holiday concert

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Welcome 2015 with Mumbo Gumbo at a gala bash

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Luminaria display planned in West Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Blue Christmas service planned at Davis churches

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Willett bench is a labor of love

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

 
Author! Author! UCD hosts talks, Q and A on Asia-focused books

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Libraries will be closed around the holidays

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
See diving ducks at city wetlands tour

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Downtown gift cards get a new perk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

Meditation, Buddhism classes offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
A home for the holidays?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Nobel Prize winner will discuss research related to autism

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Traditional carols service is Saturday at St. Martin’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Explorit: Experience nano this spring

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Soup’s On will benefit NAMI-Yolo

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Donate to STEAC at Original Steve’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Supplies collected for victims of abuse

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Grandmothers support group meets weekly

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
.

Forum

He needs them to pay up

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Cheers and Jeers: Have you ever seen the rain?

By Our View | From Page: A14

Defeating Ebola involves medicine, and prayers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14 | Gallery

 
Kudos to Central Park Gardens donors and volunteers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A14

 
.

Sports

Cousins is back in lineup but Kings fall

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devil boys hold off scrappy Rio Linda

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Lady Blue Devils rout an undefeated Liberty squad

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
UCD RB coach Wright heads to Florida; what next?

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

Aggies nab junior college defensive lineman

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Nostra-Dunning makes his college bowl picks

By Bob Dunning | From Page: B2

Tennyson’s first goal is the difference in Sharks win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
.

Features

Name droppers: Trio elected to academy of inventors

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Arts

 
DMTC announces auditions for ‘Sweeney Todd’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
‘Before Midnight’ screening is tonight

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

DMTC plans New Year’s Eve party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
Tom Rigney and Flambeau to play

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
.

Business

After 19 years, Alfa Romeo returns

By Ann M. Job | From Page: A16

 
.

Obituaries

Rena Sylvia Smilkstein

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
.

Comics