Paul Clarvis

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Paul Clarvis
Clarvis in 2015
Born (1963-04-09) 9 April 1963 (age 60)
Enfield, London

Paul Clarvis is an English percussionist.[1]


Born in Enfield, Clarvis was the late Leonard Bernstein's preferred percussionist in London[2] and featured as a soloist on the last night of the Proms in 1996 in a concerto for saxophone and drum kit by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle. In 1998 he was chairman of the Percussion judges for the BBC Young Musician of the Year and together with Sonia Slany he started Villagelife Records.

Clarvis also helped Rick Smith with the drum arrangement for the London Olympics 2012 opening, writing Dame Evelyn Glennie's part and together with Smith, assisted in the training of the ceremony's 1000 drummers.


Clarvis has worked with a number of notable musicians: Mick Jagger, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Steve Swallow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir John Dankworth to Sir Paul McCartney, John Taylor and Moondog, Gordon Beck, Bryan Ferry and Elton John. He has recorded with Marc Ribot, Sam Rivers, Richard Thompson, The Orb, John Adams, Michael Nyman, Loreena McKennitt, Mark Anthony Turnage and Michel Legrand as well as his own band Orquestra Mahatma.

He regularly holds gigs with Mose Allison and has also played with Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock and Ravi Shankar.


Clarvis has contributed to a number of films:

Clarvis had also worked on; Quills (band member: The Quills Specialist Band), The Cell (first percussion), The Miracle Maker (ethnic percussion), The Next Best Thing (percussion), The Darkest Light (percussion), Beautiful People (percussion), East Is East (drums and percussion), Heart (percussion), Beloved (featured musician), The Mighty (percussion), My Son the Fanatic (musician) and many more.


  1. ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (26 April 2004). The rough guide to jazz. Rough Guides. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-84353-256-9. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ Fordham, John (13 March 2009). "Paul Clarvis/Liam Noble: Starry Starry Night". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 July 2023.

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