Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy nominated composer, pianist and vocalist of musical depth and ability. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a serious triple threat", Assad is a vibrant, highly prolific and commissioned composer. Carefully crafted colorful textures permeate her soulful and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.
World premieres for the 2017 season include commissions by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Duo Noire, the Boston Classical Guitar Society, The Chicago Sinfonietta, OCAM, Jazz Meets Classical, arrangements for the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer, among other exciting projects. Assad will be again joining her family for a tour in May and August in Brazil, and then leaves for Danmark for a one month long residency working with stellar local artists and giving workshops and masterclasses in the Copenhagen area.
Assad has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Albany Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Ms. Assad is the recipient of such awards as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards in composition, Meet The Composer's Van Lier Fellowship, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Lyric Theater, the Mcknight Visiting Composer Fellowship, the Jerome Foundation, American Composer Forum, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition.
As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs, world music and jazz standards. She has performed at venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and Doha, Qatar, the Caramoor International Jazz Festival, Carnegie hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Concertgebow in Amsterdam, San Francisco Jazz, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, Le Casino de Paris in Paris, France and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Hailed by the LA Times as “A dazzling soloist,” Assad sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and incorporating an exciting vocabulary of extended techniques into her music.
Assad’s music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA and CHANDOS labels. She has recorded four solo albums, the latest titled “IMAGINARIUM”, which features over 50 guests: a combination of professional and amateur instrumentalists and singers,which has received stellar reviews from Jazz Times, Jazz Weekly, World Music Report and Songlines, among other publications. The album was rated “the most startling Brazilian jazz album in years” and Assad was voted highly among the “Top 10 artists influencing Brazilian music today” by Wondering Sound.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Roosevelt University and a Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan School of Music, where she studied with Michael Daugherty, Susan Botti and Evan Chambers. Her works are published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brasil (Brazil) and independently by Virtual Artists Collective Publishing, (VACP) a publishing company co-founded with poet and philosopher Steve Schroeder. On its 10 year anniversary, VACP has published 55 volumes of poetry and music.