Clara Warnaar is an artist based in New York, working as a percussionist, drummer, composer and sound artist. Clara performs regularly with the International Contemporary Ensemble and American Modern Ensemble. Recent premieres and recordings include: Ted Hearne (PLACE), Ingrid Laubrock (Contemporary Chaos Practices), Missy Mazzoli (Proving Up), Steve Reich (Reich/Richter) and Ellen Reid (Run/Playground). Clara’s compositional style merges field recordings, classical music and electronics, with a focus on sonic narrative experience, as can be heard in her debut album Hollow Siren. Clara plays drums in the post-rock band Infinity Shred, in the double sextet band Real Loud, and is a Sabian artist.
As a film musician, she’s appeared on the scores of The Fate of the Furious and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as Willy Wonka Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Recurring opera and theater collaborations include: One Festival (Opera Omaha), Prototype Festival (Beth Morrison Projects) and On Site Opera.
Meanwhile, Clara maintains an active schedule touring, writing and recording with Infinity Shred. The instrumental trio has electronic, post-rock and metal influences, and released "Forever, A Fast Life" in 2019 with 3DOT Recordings. Clara runs the compilation series "A New Age for New Age" which invites artists from all genres to explore the new age genre from a fresh, untethered angle.
Excited about mentoring the next generation of socially aware musicians, Clara is a teaching artist with Bridge Arts Ensemble (Adirondacks, NY). In 2016-17, she was in residency with Excelsis at Salem State University, AME at Shenandoah University and Ensemble Mise-en at Dartmouth University. Clara attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Manhattan School of Music.