Waiting for You
Alex Clements; so many adjectives can be used to describe the many facets of this talented, creative, well-rounded Canadian jazz pianist and composer. Clements is an internationally recognized artist, performing in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Morocco, and Cyprus. One of Clements' highest accomplishments is an Alberta Achievement Award, which was presented to him by the Government of Alberta. However, this is only the beginning of his accomplishments; 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), and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Arts Study Grants). Clements has performed at numerous jazz festivals including, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kissimmee Jazz Festival. He competed twice in the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition in Paris; the competition consisted of 59 top jazz pianists from around the world. Clements maintains an active performing career in jazz, organizing his own concerts as well as directing and working as a sideman at many venues across the US. He recently performed a concert featuring his original compositions and held a master class at Abilene Christian University in Texas. 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. The band was awarded a Prix Opus (Quebec Music Award) after performing this work. Clements is also an active film composer, recently completing a score and recording of music for the Rockefeller Center's multi-media exhibit presenting Paramount Pictures re-issue of It's a Wonderful Life. He also wrote the music for a 45-minute documentary entitled Lewis and Clark: Following their Footsteps. Additionally, his music can be heard on the McGill Jazz Orchestra's latest release Ostinatocious which includes Part 1 of his Suite No. 4 'Cycles'. In addition to his own album, Clements has recorded with singer Sophie Lapierre on her album entitled They Can't Take That Away From Me, with soprano saxophonist Monik Nordine's on her album Not Just To But Over The Moon, tenor saxophonist E.J. Hughes on his album Audrey, and more recently, with tenor saxophonist Alain Bradette on his album State of Mind. In December of 2004 Clements was a member of the peer assessment committee for the Grants to Professional Musicians (Non-Classical Music Grants) Program for the Canada Council for the Arts, the principal federal agency for the support of the arts in Canada. A skillful composer and virtuosic musician, he has performed on numerous CD's, including his own entitled Suite No. 3 'The Cycle of Life,' featuring his original compositions, as well as a new solo piano album entitled Emily's Song. The album was recently featured on Radio Palermo La Guagua, Buenos Aires, Argentina, WUCF-FM Orlando Jazz and more, and CBC radio show Afterhours. To support his latest release Clements has made numerous radio appearances and most recently performed on WUCF-FM radio Orlando with his Quartet recording a live performance paying tribute to Bill Evans. He also performs frequently in the Lake Timucua Concert Series in various settings including solo, trio, quartet, Classical and with international jazz trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. He performed with saxophonist Randy Cole for the Central Florida Jazz Society. He also worked with a jazz trio in Seoul, Korea and his music was heard on a local television mini-series. Continuing his journey, Clements next release will be in 2007 featuring Clements in a quartet setting with internationally renowned drummer Danny Gottlieb, Canadian saxophonist Alain Bradette, and bassist Chris Queenen from Orlando.Danny Gottlieb has performed with all the jazz greats including Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and more.