Adam Vincent Clarke (b.1992) is an Antwerp-based sound-artist and composer of contemporary music. From Canada to Germany to Belgium, he is a vagabond of Canada’s east coast.
Adam draws inspiration through storytelling and folk tradition; seeking out nuances of language, instrumentation, performance style, and coupling this in his writing. He seeks to initiate a dialogue through performance and in so doing pursues work that confronts and connects, often composing with a tone of gewaltsame Schönheit (Violent beauty). His music presents distant stories, images, and vibrant abstractions of an interpersonal nature. This desire for dialogue and story led him to the world of dance; ballet & contemporary, theatre, and chamber music. Adam is co-founder of the dance-theatre company Âmok/Âmok.
‘Y Tú’ (2018) & ‘I don’t (we) know‘ are ballet pieces created in tandem with choreographer Daniel Domenech for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. These works combine live instruments with soundscapes & recorded dialogues from people all around the world, from battlefields to the beaches of Crete, all abstracted and weaved together into cohesive works of stage, movement, and music. ‘Three Memories’ released by the Four Aces Guitar Quartet in 2016 through Antarctica Records provided Adam with his start in Europe.
As co-founder of Âmok/Âmok, a company centred around works for stage, Adam creates alongside Lore Borremans. Works of Âmok/Âmok include Contr (a / o) vers (e / u) s (2019) created in-residence at Troubleyn/Jan Fabre
Adam is composer-in-residence with internationally touring group Ensemble Silakbo. Together their creations have been sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, toured Europe, and they have shared the stage with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in Untitled for Vagabonds and Orchestra (2019). 2021 will have their project Est-Ouest & La Danse Balkanique tour across Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Belgium) and through five Canadian cities.