An award winning mallet percussionist, Cliff DeArment is a gamelan specialist, a versatile drummer, vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, teacher and scholar. His career spans twenty-five years, forty-eight states, nine countries, the Pacific Ocean and the Equator.
His credits include work with National Geographic, Nonesuch, Disney, Star Trek, Ravi Shankar, Lou Harrison, Jane Goodall, and performances at The Getty, The Metropolitan Museum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Hollywood Bowl, UCLA, LACMA, MOCA, Yale, Princeton, Weslyan, Swarthmore, and many other venues across the country.
Awarded six consecutive performance grants from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Cliff is also a roster artist with Music Center on Tour and Cirque du Soleil. His teaching background includes work with the International Baccalaureate Society, West Virginia University, Occidental College, and fifteen years with the California State Summer School for the Arts, as well as master classes at the Eastman Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, UCSB, UCSC, Penn State, UNLV, St. Olaf and others.
His orchestral experience includes performances with the New West Symphony, the Orchestra of Santa Fe, LA Modern String Orchestra, Twentieth Century Players, New Music America, and the Erie Philharmonic, under conductors Gunther Schuller, Robert Shaw, Walter Hendl, William Kirschke, Boris Brott, Stephen Mosko and Adam Stern.
From 1986 to 88 Cliff served as a percussion clinician for the Republic of Indonesia's Department of Recreation in Java, Bali and Sumatra. Holding MFA and BS degrees in Fine Arts and Education from the California Institute of the Arts and Edinboro University, Cliff is a certified K-12 music teacher with majors in percussion and world music and a minor in voice. Teachers include John Bergamo, Ed Mann, Cosmo Barbaro, Alan Zimmerman, KRT Wasitodiningrat, Wayan Loceng, Nyoman Wenten and Taranath Rao. Co-founder of Bali & Beyond, a performing arts company inspired by the cultures of Indonesia, Cliff currently resides in Mission Hills, CA, where he operates a recording and teaching studio.