Anastasia Clarke | AC Diamond

electronic music, performance, teaching, sound design, +++

Photo: Peter Ross

Anastasia Clarke
b. 1987 on Munsee Lenape territory (upstate New York)
acceptable pronouns: they/them or she/her (fluid)

Anastasia Clarke’s live embodied electronic music performances consider the role of the musician as a healer, activator, and sonifier of the unheard and unseen. Working as a performer-composer and artist-engineer, they use creative music technology such as custom-built controllers, instruments, and performing systems, as well as compositional approaches informed by intuitive work, to spin narrative fragments into ineffable new shapes and stories.

Anastasia’s live soundscapes are designed for the strategic application of various listening modalities. Bringing together synthesis, field recording, and sample-level sound design as artifacts of attention and intention, their durational performances invite listeners to experience shifts in their own sensations of place, scale, space and time. In defiance of any notion of “easy listening,” Anastasia chisels thick ambient textures into character formations using a smattering of noisy activations and idiosyncratic sonic sigils. Underlying each performance is a steadfast trust in improvisation and risk-taking, wielded to reveal the shifting fault lines that exist in our aesthetic and technological systems, perceptive faculties, and societal structures.

Anastasia has presented work in music, sound art, and sound design in galleries, theaters, DIY venues, and unsuspecting community spaces since roughly 2009. Her production studio, Purple Cloud Productions, exists to bring together projects whose elements span across sound, technological, and healing arts.

Anastasia is currently Adjunct Faculty in Music Technology at New York University (Steinhardt) and the School of Visual Arts, and regularly speaks and presents on their research in academic and community settings. They hold an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and a BA from Bennington College. They are a 2022-23 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Music/Sound, former Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium (2020), and a recent recipient of grants from the COVID-19 Relief Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the Queens Arts Fund. They have held solo residencies at EMS (Stockholm) and Tri-tryagain. Anastasia also works professionally as an archivist and consultant for artists and non-profits, including poet John Giorno and artist Ugo Rondinone.


live music performances
sound art installations
college-level classroom teaching
private lessons in electronic music production, composition, + artistry
archives and media preservation consultation
composition, sound design, and media scoring
reiki treatments

++ open to creative proposals

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Anastasia Clarke performing at Confetti Machine Festival, Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY. Photographs: Verónica Puche