Carl Clements, visiting assistant professor of music, received a B.M. in jazz composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music, an M.F.A. in jazz performance from California Institute of the Arts, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in ethnomusicology. He is also a composer and an international performing and recording artist on saxophones, flute, and North Indian bamboo flute (bansuri).
His dissertation is entitled “Pannalal Ghosh and the Bānsurī in the Twentieth Century,” and his articles include “Musical Interchange between Indian Music and Hip Hop,” in Ellie M. Hisama and Evan Rapport, eds. Critical Minded: New Approaches to Hip Hop Studies (Institute for Studies in American Music, 2005); “John Coltrane and the Integration of Indian Concepts in Jazz Improvisation” (Jazz Research Journal, 2008); “John Coltrane et l’Integration des Concepts Indiens dans le Jazz Improvise,” in Vincent Cotro, ed. John Coltrane: l'œuvre et son empreinte (Outre Mesure, 2011); and “Tradition and Innovation in the Bansuri Performance Style of Pannalal Ghosh” (Analytical Approaches to World Music Journal, 2011).
His recording Forth and Back (Saraswati, 2005) features his original compositions for jazz quartet, and he has recorded most recently with Kevin Kastning (Dreaming As I Knew, Greydisc, 2012), Latin Jazz Evolution (Conquistador, Blue Truffle, 2012), Alex Syndman (Fortunate Action, Alex Snydman, 2012), and the Indica Project (Full House, Indica Project, 2009).