Clare And The Reasons
Clare Muldaur was born on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in a vegetable garden amongst the most incredible tomatoes grown by her mother, Sheila. Her father, music innovator Geoff Muldaur, introduced her to artists such as Mildred Bailey, Bessie Smith and Sam Cooke. Clare rode hundreds of horses and listened to these inspiring musicians on her walkman while working in the barn.
One day, she rode her horse all the way to Berklee College of Music. With a handsome scholarship she was able to study jazz arranging and composition.
There, she met now long time collaborator Olivier Manchon. On their first encounter, he made her cry and then they got married. With a cast of collaborators including Sufjan Stevens, Van Dyke Parks and Gregoire Maret, the two recorded their acclaimed debut lp, The Movie, with Clare writing the songs and Olivier arranging them.
A relentless spate of touring followed; live, Clare and Olivier have a steady list of contributors known as the 'Reasons', which includes members of The National and Beirut. Together, the band makes use of a lot of instruments - cellos, violas, things to hit, kazoos, baby kotos, saws, recorders - to recreate Clare and Olivier's meticulously constructed and arranged songs. In 2009, the group returned with Arrow, their second lp. Walking the line between musical maturity and sophistication and primal, childlike musical instincts, Arrow floats in both worlds, comfortably.