Clara Strauch is a Swedish/American singer-songwriter and actor, with roots in both New York City and on the island of Gotland. She is creatively fuelled by the contrasts of her cultural smörgåsbord background, as well as by the heart, the spiritual path, myths and mysticism.
Strauch plays a role in Mia Hansen-Løve's upcoming film Bergman Island, which is nominated for the Palme D'Or at The Cannes Film Festival 2021. Strauch released her second album Jupiter in 2020, and her debut album Persephone in 2018. She is a trained actor, with a BFA in drama with scholarship from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her music is influenced by acting, and her performances are theatrical by the piano. She has earned media comparisons to Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, and First Aid Kit; played her solo music at venues like Pustervik, Nefertiti, Rockwood Music Hall; and been a duet singer at concerts of Emil Jensen.
Strauch has combined music and theatre by being actor/musician/composer in plays, and credits include The Tempest (Smith Street Stage); Florrie (Västmanlands Teater); Fåfängt Frieri (Romateatern); The Caucausian Chalk Circle (Stella Adler Studio). She was nominated for Outstanding Original Music at The New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2017 for her musical score for The Tempest.
Her original folk musical Wayward Home was selected for the Swedish workshop program Musikalplattform (Spira, Östgötateatern, Wermland Opera, HSM Gbg) in 2020. It has previously been produced and toured as an early version at several theatres in the Northeastern US, and had its Swedish premiere as a reading in the fall of 2019 at Västmanlands Teater. Strauch has received the grants Kulturrådets Fonogramstöd 2018 & 2020; Konstnärsnämndens Arbetsstipendium i Musik 2018 & Krisstipendium 2020 & 2021; STIM-Stipendium 2017; Region Gotlands stöd för Kulturskapare 2020.