Clare Manchon

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  • American Musician
  • Singer
  • Composer

Clare Manchon (née Muldaur) is an American musician, singer and composer. She was born and raised in Martha's Vineyard.[1] She is the daughter of musician Geoff Muldaur and Sheila Muldaur, niece of actress Diana Muldaur and sister of singer Jenni Muldaur. She studied voice at Berklee College of Music[2] in Boston, Massachusetts. She formed the band Clare and the Reasons in 2007 with her husband, violinist and composer Olivier Manchon. She composes scores and original songs for film, television and advertising.

Music for film

Her recent projects include the score[3] for "En Attendant Bojangles" (Waiting for Bojangles) a French film starring Virginie Efira and Romain Duris.[4] Directed by Regis Roinsard. Distributed by StudioCanal. The film tells the whimsical story of Camille and Georges and their little boy and was first released in France on 5th January 2022 and subsequently in the USA on 2nd September 2022[5]. The soundtrack[6] was released by Polydor and Universal France

Manchon co-composed the music for the film "Turn Every Page"[7] released in Los Angeles and New York on 30th December 2022[8] on Sony Classics. This film tells the story of the 50 plus year working relationship between famed editor Robert Gottlieb and biographer Robert Caro. It was directed by Lizzie Gottlieb The film has guest appearances by Barack Obama, Conan O'Brien and Ethan Hawke This score was nominated[9] for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Documentary Score

Manchon co-scored the Academy Award shortlisted documentary short[10] "Hysterical Girl"[11] which is a modern day feminist reinterpretation of Sigmund Freud's sole female case study 'Dora'. It was written and directed by Kate Novack and is available to watch on the New York Times website.[12]

Manchon co-wrote songs for "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" [13] starring Nicholas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish, directed by Tom Gormican. This film features Nick Cage as himself, caught between a superfan and a CIA agent. Manchon's music is featured in the last scene and closing credits of the film, the tracks are called 'Petit Edgar' and '12 Suns'

Manchon (as Clare Muldaur) co-scored Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.[14] This documentary tells the story of Magician, Author, Historian and Actor Ricky Jay

Music for television

Manchon has co-composed music for the forthcoming Swiss RTS Radio Television Suisse[15] series "La Vie Devant"[16] this series is in French and tells the story of Valeria, a cardiac surgeon. It was written by writer, actor and director Frederic Recrosio.

Manchon has had songs in season 1 (Viens La by Manchon's side project 'Sleeping' featured in Episode 8 "Family Affair"[17]) and season 2 (La Ballade by Manchon's side project 'Sleeping' featured in episode 6 "Boiling Point"[18]) of "Emily In Paris" the gigantic NETFLIX hit show.[19]

She co-scored the ABC medical drama "Black Box" starring Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave.[20] This series told the story of a fictional famous neurologist who secretly has bipolar disorder. Manchon's music can be found in all 13 episodes[21] of season 1

She co-scored additional music for Amazon's Modern Love, Season 1.[22] Her music can be found in episode 2 of season 1 "When Cupid is a Prying Journalist" and episode 7 of season 1 "Hers Was a World of One"

Indie chamber pop music

Manchon released three studio albums and one live EP with Clare and the Reasons

  • The Movie[23] (Frog Stand, 2007)
  • Arrow[24] (Frog Stand, 2009)
  • Live in Amsterdam (Frog Stand, 2010)
  • KR-51[25] (Frog Stand, 2012)

They collaborated with artists Van Dyke Parks[26], Sufjan Stevens (track Nothing/Nowhere on the album 'The Movie'[27]) and My Brightest Diamond (on the album, 'Arrow')[28]


  1. Redfern, Mark (6 August 2012). "Clare and the Reasons: My Firsts". Under the Radar. Retrieved 21 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Clare Muldaur Manchon from Clare and the Reasons". Retrieved 2022-11-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "'Waiting for Bojangles' Soundtrack Released | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  4. "Waiting for Bojangles (En attendant Bojangles)". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  5. Renner, Brian D. "Everything You Need to Know About Waiting for Bojangles Movie (2022): Jul. 26, 2022 - changed the US film release date from TBA to September 2, 2022". Movie Insider. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  6. "En attendant Bojangles Soundtrack (2022)". Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  7. "Turn Every Page - The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb (2022) - Soundtrack.Net". Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  8. "Turn Every Page – The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb | Sony Pictures Classics". Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  9. "2022 HMMA Nominations". Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  10. "93rd OSCARS SHORTLISTS | | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  11. Nast, Condé (2021-02-17). ""Hysterical Girl," Reviewed: An Extraordinary Look at a Case of Freudian Gaslighting". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  12. Novack, Kate (2020-03-20). "Video: Opinion | Hysterical Girl". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  13. Powster. "Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent | Official Website | April 22 2022". Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent | Official Website | April 22 2022. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  14. "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay". Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  15. "La vie devant". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  16. ""La vie devant", une série réalisée par Klaudia Reynicke et Kristina Wagenbauer". (in français). 2022-10-17. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  17. "Music from Emily in Paris S1E08". Tunefind. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  18. "Music from Emily in Paris S2E06". Tunefind. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  19. Roberts, Kayleigh; Thomas, Leah Marilla (2021-12-21). "Everything You Need to Know About the Actors From 'Emily in Paris'". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  20. "Black Box". Kinorium. Retrieved 22 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. "Cast & Crew – Black Box". Kinorium. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  22. "Modern Love". Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  23. "Clare & the Reasons: 'Science Fiction Man'". Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  24. "Clare And The Reasons: Kindest Compliments". Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  25. Pareles, Jon (9 July 2012). "Albums from Clare and the Reasons and Maroon 5". New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  26. "Clare And The Reasons And Van Dyke Parks On World Cafe". Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  27. "CD: Clare and the Reasons, The Movie". the Guardian. 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  28. "Clare and the Reasons: Arrows, PopMatters". PopMatters. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2022-11-22.

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