Axel Clarke has been active as a performer and instructor in the Los Angeles area for 17 years. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Percussion Performance from Cal State Long Beach. As a teacher, he has been a member of the Studio Faculty at Long Beach State for 10 years and also directs the percussion program at the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts. He is also one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed IronWorks Percussion Duo. Axel's performance and recording credits include work with Abbey Road, Sara Haze, Chelsa Lena, Skanic, Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra, The Robin Cox Ensemble, DMP, Next Exit, Mehdi, and several Steel drum ensembles. He can also be heard in numerous multi-media exhibits in museums across the country and in documentaries for Animal Planet and Discovery. As a composer he is published by Bachovich Music Publications.