Professor of the Practice Musicology & Ethnomusicology
Leland Clarke started playing piano when he was six years old and composed his first song at seventeen. Classically trained by Helen Ewing, Dorsha Dockett and John Ross, the Boston, Massachusetts raised pianist increasingly turned to his songwriting as a way of expressing himself, and by the time Leland was a sophomore in college, he had a stirring collection of original pieces that made up his debut album, “My Little Man”. Leland’s compositions offer listeners soothing, melodic arrangements bursting with an emotional energy that is straight from the heart. A multi-talented musician, teacher, composer and recording artist, Leland Clarke has produced through his company Andell Recording Co. (BMI) founded in 1970 nine albums: “Variations Of A Lonely Day”; “Somewhere in Heaven”; “Reflections”; “Bravo”; “Summer Into Fall”; “In My Solitude”; “My Lord What a Morning” and “I Sing a World”. This 8 CD box set includes a collection of lullabies, spirituals and folk songs from around the world. His composition, “Foolish Dreams”, was produced in a music box by Reuge, Switzerland. Leland Clarke has performed as a solo artist throughout the United States, Bermuda, Spain and China, and has worked with recording artists including Kristine Key, Arlene Bailey, Ray Greene, Marshall Hughes, Donna Summer, Wintley Phipps and Bishop Marvin Winans.