CLARA-NOVA

Experimental pop musician and visual artist CLARA-NOVA grew up between Los Angeles and Paris, and as varied as her traveling has been, so is her sound. Jumping from a grittier synth pop to more orchestral leanings, CLARA-NOVA has crafted a dynamic and impressive body of work, with her latest EP The Iron Age due out March 2018. Read on to discover more about Paris in the eyes of CLARA-NOVA.

“Paris has shaped me overall as a person therefore my craft is inspired by the city. As a kid we went to museums and galleries and I unknowingly absorbed the masters. Each street has a story. You can’t help but absorb its history. Sometimes when I walk around the city I record what I hear and it finds its way into my recordings or inspires something I’m working on. A few of my favorite clips are church bells, a woman singing on Rue de Temple, midnight mass NS kids laughing in the park. I keep these recordings as time capsules and listen back to them when I need to be transported somewhere.”

Photo credit: Amber Canterbury

city guide:
Paris, FR
bar
Prescription Cocktail Club
"This is one of my favorite Parisian bars. Prescription is a little speakeasy tucked away in 6th Ar. The cocktails are delicious and unique and the atmosphere is A++. It's the perfect spot to disappear to and drink up a Ramos Gin Fizz." — CLARA-NOVA
23 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris, France
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coffee
Angelina
"This is not a new discovery but it is one well worth the trip (and wait). This cafe was established in 1903 and is still in tact in it's original Belle Epoque design and style. Come by for their famous Mont-Blanc or hot chocolate. You will not be disappointed!" — CLARA-NOVA
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
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landmark
Musée de l’Orangerie
"Musée de L'orangerie is my happy place in Paris. It is right in the middle of everything but visitors don't often go there. This quaint and understated museum is just a short walk from the Louvre in the Jardins des Tuilleries. I love walking around Montparnasse imagining what it looked like Post WWI era when artistic visionaries lived there. To name a few Modigliani, Picasso, Apollinaire, Satie and Chagall." — CLARA-NOVA
Tuileries Garden, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
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venue
La Maroquinerie
"This venue is one of my favorites to see live music as well as a favorite place to play music. There is a cafe upstairs with delicious food for dinner before or after the concert. The venue is tucked underground. There is almost a mini amphitheater inside and the audience stands in a U shape around the stage. Any show I've seen there always feels like magic. Almost like a secret only we are in on. The venue books hip and current acts like Wolf Alice and Kimbra." — CLARA-NOVA
3 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris, France
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shopping
Kiliwatch Paris
"I'd recommend going to the Place Des Victories and walking around the neighborhood. You'll find lots of cute vintage shops as well as cute local boutiques. Kiliwatch is a favorite." — CLARA-NOVA
64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France
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outdoors
Mont Saint-Michel
"I've only been here once but this place it unreal, truly. It is an island commune in Normandy, France. You drive in during the day when the tide is out and then as the sun sets the tide returns and you find yourself surrounded by water. It feels as if it is a living island that breathes or something to that effect. The water comes in, surrounds the town and the water leaves." — CLARA-NOVA
Mont Saint-Michel, France
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