Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ArtsDiplomacy.com: 'An Interview with Marcus Eley, Clarinetist and Musical Ambassador'

Dear Bill,

I hope you are doing well. Below you will find a link to an interview I did for an Arts Diplomacy blog.

All the Best.


Arts Diplomacy Network

An Interview with Marcus Eley, Clarinetist and Musical Ambassador

Marcus Eley, a clarinetist based in Los Angeles, California, renowned for his performances and lectures on the classical music of African Americans, has represented the U.S. as a cultural ambassador on several state-sponsored tours in China and South Africa.

In fact, Eley’s latest CD, But Not Forgotten, came together while he was performing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, three years ago. It is a compilation of fine works for clarinet and piano by African-American composers. “One of the things I wanted to do in this recording is salute the unsung heroes of music composition – people who are African American,” Eley explained in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio. “This recording is dedicated to those composers that I’ve had the pleasure of working with or that I’ve admired over the years.”

In February 2013, Eley will return to South Africa to perform as an invited guest at the Darling Music Experience Classical Festival.           

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