Alf Clausen to be honored at ASCAP Awards
June 15, 2011
26th Annual Awards Celebration Salutes Top Film and Television Composers of 2010
Alf Clausen, class of 1963, will be honored at the 26th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, June 23, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Clausen is the recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award.
The Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Mark Snow, Andre Previn, Garth Brooks, José Feliciano, Dennis McCarthy, Alan Jackson, Jay-Z, Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder.
Best known for his scoring and songwriting for the hit television series The Simpsons, Clausen received his training at North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin and Boston's Berklee College Of Music, earning degrees in Arranging and Composition. He began his musical career as a French hornist and bassist, going on to become an instructor at Berklee.
Clausen has composed for several television series and movies of the week, including The Simpsons (for which he received two Emmy awards, five Annie awards, three International Monitor Awards, twenty additional Emmy nominations and four additional Annie nominations), Moonlighting (for which he received six Emmy nominations), Alf (no relation), Bette, Police Story and Wizards & Warriors. Clausen has also been the musical director, composer and arranger for numerous television variety shows including The Donny & Marie Show, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour. His feature film credits include Half-Baked and Number One With A Bullet and he contributed additional music and orchestrations to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dragnet, Splash, and Weird Science, to name a few.
His CD credits (as songwriter, conductor and producer) include the hit Rhino Records releases The Simpsons: Songs In The Key Of Springfield: Original Music From The Television Series and Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons: More Original Music From The Television Series. His music is featured on the Universal Studios Tram Tour 2000. He has also composed music for his own big band, The Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra, and for the bands of Buddy Rich, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton & Denny Christianson.