/klɑːɹə/ shining, clear
I was born in the same city as Joan of Arc, was raised on the pillars of Modernist Catalonia, and I now live in Stoke Newington London, the birthplace of feminism.
I have been a musician for as long as I can remember. I like words, I like pictures, I like people, I write songs, sing them, play them and illustrate them.
I also get to travel when wonderful people ask me to be involved in their projects; over the years I’ve worked with these incredible artists:
Ray Davies, Nigel Kennedy, James Horner, Simon Schama, Harvey Brough, Jimmy Smyth, David le Page, Howard Shore, Natacha Atlas, Jarvis Cocker, Nizlopi, Lisa Knapp, Francesco Turrisi, Rosie Standley, Eliseo Parra, John Rutter, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ludwig Wicki.
In 2016, I wrote a piece based on Shakespeare’s Tempest, premièred it at the Barbican, a sold-out evening with Chorus of Dissent, Britten Sinfonia, also featuring Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Company. It was one of the most exhilarating hours of my life.
A year before I launched my Songs of Spanish Exile at Kings Place, with Q&A by historian Simon Schama, and at the legendary venue Joe’s Pub in New York City, on the same night as Allen Toussaint.
I’ve performed and recorded with London Voices, RPO, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Britten Sinfonia, Elysian Quartet, Cobla Sant Jordi, OBC Barcelona, RTE Concert Orchestra, 21st Century Orchestra Luzern, Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, The Harp Consort, Theatre of Voices.
With Titanic-Live, for which the late James Horner chose me, I’ve sung centre-stage at the Royal Albert Hall, and in concert halls & stadiums all over the world;
I’ve performed for Princes Charles at Buckingham Palace, appeared at The Kremlin, Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury Festival, London Jazz Festival, WOMAD, Berlin Philharmonie, Palais des Congrès (Paris), In Barcelona at l’Auditori, Palau de la Música, Luz de Gas, Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Tokyo Casals Hall, Shanghai Performing Arts Centre.
In theatre I’ve worked at the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with directors Tim Carroll, Lucy Bailey, Nicholas Hytner alongside actors Simon Russell-Beale, Bill Nighy, Zoe Wanamaker, Al Pacino. For the movies I’ve featured in the following titles:
“The Hobbit”, “Lord of the Rings Live”, “Gladiator Live”, “Titanic Live”, “For Greater Glory”, “De tu ventana a la mía”, “The Hunger Games”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “James Bond Live” , “Dear Esther” video game, with composers James Newton-Howard, Avshalom Caspi, Rachel Portman, Django Bates, Jocelyn Pook, Alberto Iglesias, Jessica Curry, and I contributed to the following TV documentaries “The Story of the Jews” (BBC2), “The Glories of Islam’ (Channel 4), and the series “La Reina del Sur” (Telemundo) which used my song “Nada Igual” as its theme tune. That song became no.1 on the Mexican Charts. I received several marriage proposals from across the pond that week.
Clara’s website is found at: www.clarasanbras.co.uk