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The "guitar dharma" of acoustic fingerstyle player Clarelynn Rose reflects her unique life experiences in the woods, in China,
and as a Buddhist. A 20-year resident of California now living in Scotland, Rose has developed an elegant and enchanting blend
of Celtic and New Age.
As a forester, she has spent a lot of time outdoors. "My music is a kind of natural resources interpretation. When writing a piece, I get a feeling about it and match that to a feeling I've had elsewhere. Often that's an experience in the woods."
While studying in Santa Cruz, a friend who thought Clarelynn's compositions were reminiscent of Alex de Grassi's introduced
her to the Windham Hill recordings, which were a tremendous influence and inspiration. Shortly afterwards, she had an
opportunity to study briefly with Windham Hill guitarist Daniel Hecht.
Spending two years living in China as a university student, Clarelynn learned to speak Chinese and wrote songs in Mandarin. She also studied Qigong, TaiChi, and Daoist and Buddhist teachings. After returning to California, she continued her Buddhist studies and now attends sessions at the local monastery. Her compositions Amitabha Buddha and Song of Putuo Mountain are based on traditional Buddhist chants.
In 1999, Clarelynn had the good fortune to attend a one-week seminar with guitarists
Alex de Grassi and John Renbourn.
Since then, de Grassi has been a mentor providing feedback on her compositions, which has improved the orchestration,
color and texture of her pieces immeasurably.
Renbourn has remained an important mentor as well, with his influence introducing a lively Celtic sound into her music.
After establishing her independent label, Heartwood Music, in 2000 Clarelynn produced her debut CD, The Redwood Sidthe. This album as well as her second, Elegant Tern, contain a mix of new pieces and old compositions that date back to the mid-1980s. In 2004, after hearing recordings of Robert Barto performing the works of Sylvius Leopold Weiss on the lute, she took up the 13-course baroque lute. After studying briefly with Barto at the Lute Society of American seminar in 2004, she recorded her first baroque lute composition for the third album, Meadow Run. In the words of one reviewer, this most recent CD has established her as "clearly one of the premier steel string acoustic guitar soloists/composers playing and recording today."
Since arriving in the United Kingdom on a composer's visa in 2005, Clarelynn has been involved in various projects,
including singing in a vocal group (the Penicuik Taize Vaults singer), orchestration, music commission, and a co-authoring a book on
She has performed extensively throughout Northern California, having shared a stage with Alex de Grassi, Steve Baughman, Dorian Michael, and Teja Gerken. She has performed at various locations in the UK as well as in China. Other performances have taken her to Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Her CDs are available at selected bookstores and on the internet.