The Graphic Scores projects is a series of collaborations between different artistic languages such as visual arts, video and music. Interested in exploring her practice as a way to connect and dialog with other creative expressions, Clara Claus creates drawing-based scores for musicians to interpret musically. The graphic Scores come in different forms, for instance decks of cards or videos exploring her drawings.


Motif is a series of 125 abstract drawings printed on decks of cards, created to trigger a chain of creative responses in collaboration with musicians and filmmakers. Musicians use a deck of cards as a graphic score to create a musical piece. Then filmmakers create a film or video based on one of the music of their choice. The project will be concluded by a story written by Claus; a dreamlike fable, a guide through the different drawings, music and films, telling the story of this creative adventure.

In progress
Gouache and pencil on paper
Collaboration with:
Musicians: Richard Reed Parry, Nico Muhly, Amedeo Pace, David Moore, Pedro Solerand more...
Filmmakers: Lessa Millet, Laura Brunellière, Derrick Belcham, Armel Hostiou and more...


             IN THE MAKING



For Pioneer Works'2013 winter party, Clara Claus created a fifteen-minute Graphic Score in three movements for two musicians; Gaspar Claus (cello) and Mitchell Yoshida from the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Sample machine). Two colors were used by Claus to define the different parts for the musicians to read: black for Gaspar Claus and red for Mitchell Yoshida. For the live performance the two musicians engaged in an improvised musical dialogue, reacting to the video of the Graphic Score.

Pioneer Works | 2013
Ink, gouache, pencil and oil stick on paper
15min video
With: Gaspar Claus (cello), Mitchell Yoshida (Sample machine)



For Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM, Clara Claus collabo rated with Bryce Dessner on a thirty-minute Graphic Score in 8 movements for four musicians; Bryce Dessner (guitar), David Cossin (drums), Thomas Bartlett (keyboard) and Benjamin Lanz (trombone). Claus used four different medium for the four different musicians: black ink for Bryce Dessner, pencil for David Cossin, gouache for Thomas Bartlett and oil stick for Benjamin Lanz.
The thirty-minute video of the eight drawings on paper rolls scrolling was projected in the movie theater of BAM, with two musicians in the front, and two musicians set in the middle of the room in one of the rows of seats. The four musicians improvised together following their dedicated parts for the eight movements, some as a quartet, some as duos, and one as a solo for Bryce Dessner.

Brooklyn Academy of Music | 2013
Collaboration with Bryce Dessner (The National)
Black ink, gouache, pencil, oil stick on paper
30 min video
With: Bryce Dessner (guitar), David Cossin (drums), Thomas Bartlett (Keyboard), Benjamin Lanz (trombone).


             LINES AND DRONES

For Gaspar Claus' "One Night Stand" project, Clara Claus collaborated with Bryce Dessner on a nine-minute Graphic Score, performed at Littlefield. Claus created a black ink drawing of a paper roll and filmed it scrolling. Bryce invited all participating musicians in a recording studio to individually respond to the Graphic Score. For the performance the same musicians improvised live together, responding to the same Graphic Score video, accompanied by the soundtrack of a mix of all individual musical responses created by Dessner.

Littlefiled | 2012
Collaboration with Bryce Dessner
Black ink on paper
9 min video
With: Bryce Dessner (guitar), Sufjan Stevens (sample machine), Pedro Soler (Guitar), Gaspar Claus (cello,) David Moore (piano), Ben Greenberg (guitar).