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Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a serious triple threat," Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy nominated composer, performer and educator of musical depth and ability. Carefully crafted colorful textures permeate her soulful and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, from symphonic to chamber music, avant garde to Brazilian genres and French chanson. As a performer, Assad often appears on piano and explores the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and extended techniques into her music. An avid educator, she is the founder of VOXploration, an award winning research-based outreach program which continuously touches the lives of many people. Clarice's mission is to connect, inspire and empower people through music.
HIGHLIGHTSCONNECT ON FACEBOOKHOCUS POCUS, a new work for two guitars gets a sounding premiere by Duo NoireOne of those premières was “Hocus Pocus” by Clarice Assad which, according to Flippin, “gets a little weird.” Sure enough, in the first section, “Abracadabra,” there were lots of clicks and thumps, strings bent violently sideways and a rhythmic pattern that sounded like a herd of horses at full gallop. In the second section,“Shamans,” they used tablespoons to slide up and down or beat on the strings producing an eerie, sci-fi sound. The third section — “Klutzy Witches” — ended with a loud thump produced by four feet hitting the floor and both players slapping the bodies of their guitars. St. Louis Post-DispatchKicking off the year with a beautiful tribute to João Bosco at Rio de Janeiro's most prestigious hall Sala Cecilia Meireles!Every year, Clarice Assad & Andre Muato have been paying homage to a Brazilian composer who has influenced Brazilian music in a special and profound way. Last year it was Milton Nascimento. This year, the homaged composer was João Bosco, who kindly attended the concert and, according to his own words, "enjoyed every second of it."WEST COAST PREMIERE OF "NHANDERU" BY THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONICA Brazilian rain forest dance ritual turned into an orchestral piece, this is the main premised behind the piece "Nhanderú" which gets its 4th performance under the baton of Donato Cabrera. Commissioned by the Albany Symphony, this work calls for To create a vivid listening experience, the score calls for vocalizing, finger snapping, clapping, body tapping and percussion instruments which imitate sounds of nature. More information.BRAZILIAN FANFARE GOES TO THE UK WITH NORTHERN LUSOFONIANorthern Lusofonia is a Manchester-based non-profit company dedicated to the promotion of British and Portuguese music as well as to the championing and commissioning of new music. The musicians come from the finest music backgrounds, from celebrated international musicians to young music professionals trained or graduated at some of the UK's best conservatoires. On February 12th, they perform Assad's celebrated overture Brazilian Fanfare, on an exciting program of music from all over the globe. More information.CLARICE ASSAD JOINS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC.I am so thrilled to have been nominated and accepted to the board of directors of the Old Town School of Folk Music ! So proud to be of service ! More info at: https://www.oldtownschool.org
COMING UP: EVENTS & NEWSClarice joins this summer's GENESIS AT THE CROSSROADS Program in Chicago, IL.ASSAD'S JAZZ DANMARK RESIDENCY ANNOUNCED.From the 17th of September to the 12th of October, Clarice Assad will be the artist in residence with Jazz Denmark. Assad will lead workshops, masterclasses and perform with several stellar local musicians in the local scene. More Info at the Jazz Danmark website.SECOND INVERSION, is a 24/7 online stream, blog, and community dedicated to rethinking classical music with cross-genre and experimental new works. Assad’s music is being featured during our 24-hour Women in (New) Music Marathon on Wednesday, March 8th in honor of International Women’s Day! Help us spread the word about the marathon and tune in to Second Inversion on March 8th to hear your music and discover more new works by other women composers from around the world!
CLARICE ASSAD & FRIENDS, LIVE AT THE DEER HEAD INNAn intimate, organic and exciting live show that makes one feel as if they were part of the crowd in one of the country's oldest clubs, the Deer Head Inn. Get a copy.COMPOSING THROUGH COLLABORATION: Clarice Assad’s Comprehensive Approach to Teaching MusicThe best pieces of art have a three-dimensional feel to them. Whether you’re looking at it ten years after inception, as a companion piece to a film, or simply an album’s artwork, the total picture of the music is essential. Such is the case with the seminal bossa/samba album, 1965’s Getz/Gilberto. Now, not much can be said of this record that hasn’t been said already. However, it’s the ideal example of three-dimensional art. Just looking at the original artwork on the cover, an expressionist painting by Olga Albizu, you’re thrown into the world of the impeccable tunes that introduced Brazilian music to an entire continent. Read More on American Composers ForumThe Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Announces Season With New Music Director Cristian MacelaruSpecial guest artists include Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Jennifer Frautschi (violin), Gemma New (conductor), Clarice Assad (piano/vocals), Keita Ogawa (percussion), Jason Hardink (piano), and Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone). More
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