World-class bassist is also a distinguished film scorer
Story by Jon Liebman | July 1, 2014
Bass virtuoso and noted composer Stanley Clarke has received an invitation to join this year’s class of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Clarke is one of just 271 artists and executives to whom the Academy has extended invitations this year to join the elite group of 6,417 members.
The invitees represent “some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
“I am honored,” said Clarke. “Film has been a diverse experience for me musically, made me a more complete musician and focused my skills completely.”
Expounding further, Clarke said that “music in a film is essential and always has been. It is the glue that holds the film together. It enhances the emotions of the characters, augments the action and helps lead the audience on their journey through the story. I feel a great responsibility to the craft of film scoring, which makes this invitation so special.”
FBPO followers are no doubt aware of Stanley Clarke’s bass prowess, from his stellar work with Return to Forever, George Duke, acclaimed solo releases and more. While not as many people may be aware of his film scoring accolades, Clarke actually has over 65 film and TV credits to his name, as a composer, orchestrator and conductor. Included in the list of projects to which he has contributed are the films Boyz ‘N the Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Transporter, Romeo Must Die, Passenger 57, Poetic Justice and The Five Heartbeats.
Clarke also scored the music for Remember the Time, the Michael Jackson video directed by Jon Singleton, as well as the 2013 hit film Best Man Holliday. Stanley Clarke has been nominated for three Emmys and was the winner of a BMI Award for Boys ‘N the Hood.
Membership for Clarke and the other incoming members to the Academy will take place at an invitation-only reception in September. Congratulations, Stanley!