Joe Clark, a composer/arranger and Double Demon from The School of Music, is the 2011 recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists.
The award of $30,000 will allow Clark to record and promote an album of original works for jazz ensemble.
The Edes Foundation Board created The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists to provide financial support to a talented artist for one year. The award is to be used by the recipient to advance his or her art-making and professional career in the arts.
Still in the early stages of his professional career, Clarks has arranged pieces by Aaron Copland, Camille Saint-Saëns and others for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Once Upon a Symphony” program featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Clark has also composed pieces for multiple ensembles such as thingNY, Chicago Q Ensemble and Mulligan Mosaics Nonet. He has already won the Union League Civic and Arts Jazz Composition Award and a Downbeat Music Award.
Clark plans to spend the next year leading a new jazz ensemble called Metropolis, composed of some of the nation’s best jazz artists and special guests. He will use his prize to create his group’s recording debut featuring Clark’s big band composition and arrangements.
Clark received a dual bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and composition in 2008 and a master’s degree in jazz composition in 2010. Our congratulations go out to Joe, and best wishes in his musical career!