Clara Warnaar (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a percussionist, drummer and composer living in New York. A member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Clara tends towards collaborative, devised and interdisciplinary projects. As the drummer for the band Infinity Shred, Clara thrives at the intersection of rock, electronic, improvised, and composed music, and is sought out as a drummer and collaborator for having this particular versatile blend of skills.
Clara has appeared as a guest artist with the groups So Percussion, Yarn/Wire, the Bang on a Can Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, and the American Modern Ensemble. Recent projects include: "Farming" written by Ted Hearne for The Crossing, “The Force of Things” by Ash Fure, “PLACE” by Ted Hearne and Saul Williams (BAM), “Proving Up” by Missy Mazzoli (Opera Omaha), “Reich/Richter” by Steve Reich (The Shed), and “Playground/Run” by Ellen Reid. Clara has played on Broadway, on the show "Into the Woods."
As a drummer, Clara has performed on and written music for the three most recent Infinity Shred albums, and has recorded with antiphonal chamber metal band “Real Loud”. As a percussionist, she has appeared on major film soundtracks, including "White Noise" “The Fate of the Furious” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and on Grammy-nominated albums by some of today's leading new music voices.
In 2019, Clara founded the series “A New Age for New Age”, which aims to reimagine New Age music by commissioning artists to offer fresh interpretations of the confusing genre. The series has released 6 volumes featuring over 50 artists.
Clara’s own music merges field recordings, classical music and electronics, to create sound environments that evoke magic realism. To date, she has put out two solo albums.