Erik Clear has been playing primarily in the Denver area for over 9 years now. He picked up the saxophone in 5th grade, under the pressure of his parents who picked out the sax for him. He started playing with the Colorado Honor Band Association at approximately the same time. His love for the instrument and his introduction to jazz started in middle school where he was trained by Shamie Royston, a great pianist now living in the New York area. He also picked up clarinet and flute at this time.
Upon entering high school, jazz became the main focus of his playing career where he began to be inspired by Orlando Otis, Dave Koz, Candy Dulfer, Jeff Lorber, Walter Beasley, Eric Marienthal, Brian Culbertson and many other great musicians in the genre. Erik has played with several different groups and bands including the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, The Jakarta Band,and saxophonist/producer, Darren Rahn. Erik was selected as a Colorado All State jazz band alto saxophonist finalist. One of only two that were selected for the big band. Erik is currently attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music and is in good standing among his peers. Learning how to make his passion his career on a higher level, Erik is part of several student groups, ensembles, instrument labs and high level courses, including Berklee’s Brazilian Ensemble and a Funk Ensemble. Erik has already worked his way up to studying and working with saxophonist, Walter Beasley. “Erik listens 80% and works the remaining 20% on what he learned,” says Beasley. Erik is a prime student and proof that there is a future for the music industry and saxophone music.
His first year in college has already proven successful so far with 2 gigs at the Lily Pad, an exciting gig at the Elf Parlor in western Massachusetts, a Berklee Caf Show, performances on multiple projects from students of all ages and semester levels, including a senior recital performance with drummer, Luke Mutchler and a gig outside of the school with senior vocalist, Darsell Obregon.
Further into Erik’s career at Berklee, jazz giants of the bop and post-bop era like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Cannonball Adderley began to excite and spark new insight in Erik’s concept of his sound. He is working on taking this concept into the modern and progressive style that has only been encapsulated thus far by trumpeter Christian Scott. Erik is the lead voice of his group, “Noisse Cretni,” a modern and progressive jazz group started in the fall of 2009. You can see Erik working with his band several nights a week in ensemble rooms, and touring around Boston and Massachusetts quite frequently as well as pushing the limits of not only himself but other musicians he plays with. The possibilities are endless with this guy.
Erik is also working on a solo project (unsigned) that is expected to be done in the Fall of 2010.
Erik is majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production (CWP) and Saxophone Performance.
- The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Awarded May 1, 2009 by Steve Hinman
- Outstanding Soloist
Awarded April 17, 2009 by Michael Kornelsen of Metro State College of Denver
- Outstanding Band Student
Awarded May 21, 2007 by Orlando Otis
- Scholarship to University of Northern Colorado’s Jazz Camp
Awarded May 9, 2007 by Erik Applegate
- A Special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship
Awarded April 21, 2007 by IAJE for Alto Feature and Soprano Sax Solo
Experience & Education
Work Study for Media Development at BerkleeSeptember 2010 to Present (over 8 years)
I help put together all forms of media that come from Berklee or the Boston area; including but never limited to BPC, Cafe 939 shows, student recitals, interviews, library events, etc. Everything is worked into an appropriate format cataloged into the library.
Receptionist for Clear LifeTime DentalMay 2009 to August 2009 (3 months)
I answered phone calls, scheduled patient's appointments, organized the Doctor's schedule, files and events. I worked hard on creating the integrity of the business while maintaining a kinda and friendly atmosphere in the waiting room.
Leader for Erik Clear Group2008 to August 2009 (about a year and a half)
The Erik Clear Group was a performing ensemble in the Denver area playing at many events in Aurora, Parker and downtown Denver.
Saxophonist for Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra All StarsJune 2007 to June 2009 (over 2 years)
I was selected to play in this big band All Star group each time my high school's big band performed with their band. The All Star Band is made up from the best players from the best high school jazz bands in Colorado. I was selected as both lead alto and lead tenor.
Alto Saxophonist for Colorado Honor Band AssociationAugust 2001 to May 2009 (over 7 years)
A series of bands in Colorado (www.cohonorband.org). I have served as lead alto saxophone in the top Wind Ensemble for the last 5 years (age 14).
Dual Major in Contemporary Writing & Production and Performance at Berklee College of Music2009 to 2013 (4 years)