****Mr Clive Bell’s Profile****
Clive Bell is a musician, composer and writer with a specialist interest in the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), khene (Thai mouth organ) and other East Asian wind instruments. He currently tours with UK-based Japanese drumming group Taiko Meantime, and joins koto and shamisen players to perform the Japanese classical repertoire. He toured with Jah Wobble, including shows at Ronnie Scott’s and the Glastonbury Festival, Walk Cheerfully, Yasujiro Ozu’s 1930 comedy gangster movie and substantial recording history as both as his solo album, Shakuhachi: ( reissued in 2005 by ARC Records) and as a composer for film, TV and theatrical productions (Complicit, Kazuko Hohki, IOU, Whalley Range Allstars). Jazz pianist Taeko Kunishima, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, David Toop, Jochen Irmler of Faust and Bill Laswell number among Clive Bell’s collaborators.
Based in London, he writes regularly for the music magazine Wire and shakuhachi player on Karl Jenkins’s album Requiem on EMI Classics, the final two Harry Potter movies, and the Hobbit.
His shakuhachi playing has been featured live on Radio 3’s Late Junction and In Tune. At the BFI and at Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival, www.clivebell.co.uk