Radical self-love, compassion, laughter, and the drive to promote and amplify Black art-makers and noise-makers are at the core of Clifton Joseph Guidry III’s work. Based in New York City, Clifton is not only a versatile bassoonist, but an improviser and composer of experimental and daring new works. He spearheads Sounds of the African Diaspora, a competition for composers from the African Diaspora. His debut album, Darkness is a Myth, came out August 7, 2020. The album explores the many stories released during a time of isolation, a time that also held moments of great joy.