Featured Composer/Arranger: Axel Clarke
Axel Clarke makes up half of the IronWorks Percussion Duo (the other half is Dr. Dave Gerhart, CSU Long Beach). Axel teaches with Gerhart at Cal State University, Long Beach, where he also completed his BA and MA in Percussion Performance. Axel has performed and recorded with the Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Ballet, South Coast Symphony, Luis Conte, Ray Holman, Michael Spiro, CK Ladzepko, Sara Haze, Skanic, Chelsea Lena, The Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra, The Robin Cox Ensemble, DMP, Next Exit, Coto Normal, Mehdi, Stephen Hartke, and for Discovery and Animal Planet documentaries. Like his playing and his compositions? Check out his large percussion ensemble work Bombasticus Cacophonosaurus (intermediate, 10 players) and his trios (for un-pitched percussion) Roe-Sham-Beau (based on the West African rhythm Abekwa) and Juggernaut. Thanks Axel!