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Clarice Assad is a composer, pianist, singer, and member of one of Brazil's most celebrated music dynasties; her father is guitarist and composer Sergio Assad, her uncle is Sergio's partner Odair Assad, and Clarice's aunt is vocalist Badi Assad. Clarice Assad's training at the piano began at age seven in private lessons, and a little later on she also studied jazz piano with Leandro Braga. Assad transferred to the Berklee College of Music in the United States, later continued her studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and completed her course of study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After composing a number of pieces for various family members to perform, Assad's first major commission came from violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for a Violin Concerto (2004). This work proved very successful and was widely featured in concert, subsequently recorded and issued by Salerno-Sonnenberg's on her own NSS Music label. Since then, Clarice Assad has earned numerous honors, awards, and commissions, and in October 2007 began a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Clarice Assad sings in four languages; her jazz-styled singing and playing has been featured on American National Public Radio.
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RELÍQUIA

The first recorded musical collaboration between Sergio and Clarice Assad. Clarice & Sergio Assad's first album together features new songs by Sergio Assad, with renowned Brazilian lyricists such as Chico Cesar, Thiago Amud, Vinicius Castro & Daniel Basilio. Special guests include clarinetist Derek Bermel, mandolinist Mike Marshall, Keita Ogawa on percussion and Yasushi Nakamura, bass. RELEASE DATE: July 15th, on the Adventure Music label.

ADVENTURE MUSIC

CLARICE & SERGIO ASSAD/Reliquia:  So who said the Adolfo’s could have all the fun in father/daughter Brazilian jazz?  Here we find one of the most important classical guitarists of the age giving his daughter the chance to show the musical DNA he passed on to her which she has been making the most of as a vocalist.  Guitar and voice with a little, sparsely used coloration here and there---and if you think that isn’t the recipe for a powerful release, go scarf down a mouthful of guardinera to remind you of what hot means.  A dazzling, stunning set tailor made for those who still remember what real music all about, you’ll understand this set completely even if you don’t speak a word of Portuguese.  Killer stuff throughout that shows just how complex simplicity can be. 

http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1106.html
Really lovely sounds from the father/daughter team of Clarice and Sergio Assad – a pair who would already be great as a musical duo, even without a family connection! Sergio plays acoustic guitar throughout – with a fullness of sound, but also the lighter, lyrical sensibility that makes him a perfect match for Clarice's vocals – which have that mix of jazz and more personal expression we love in our favorite Brazilian singers from the 70s – like Tania Maria or Joyce. The songs are simple, and often poetic – but never in a soppy way – more like they're being written in air by guitar and voice, creating a marvelous portrait in sound. Titles include "Capoeira", "Cidade", "Sol De Clave", "Ventos", "The Last Song", "Angela", and "Song For My Father".  
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REVIEWS:


"It is impossible to sum up the size of this musical tour de force, it is just immense. Be it the talent, the energy or the incredible amount of collaborators who are taking part. This album musically explodes around listeners in the most pleasant fashion. Standing at the helm of this larger than size effort is Clarice Assad, a unique performer, arranger, multi instrumentalist, singer and practicing musical professor to boot. " - THE EAR

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"Latin Grammy nominee Assad belongs to a celebrated Brazilian musical dynasty, but her music is far from safe or predictable. Her fourth album has been acclaimed as the most startling Brazilian jazz album in years, nodding to the music of Japan in tracks like "Fantasia," and even incorporating rap on opener "De Perna Pro Ar." Assad is an impassioned scat singer, but "A Morte da Flor" features an aria from the American soprano Melody Moore, while the music mixes piano with screams of dissonant violin. Wildly ambitious, it tears up the old definitions of jazz and replaces them with something thrillingly new." WONDERING SOUND

"because she is so sophisticated; so well-schooled and such a complete musician the results are—especially here—like certain classical composers and musicians: completely perfect. Traversing through this album is like walking through a museum of life, but a completely imagined one—an Imaginarium. " WORLD MUSIC REPORT

"As the daughter of one of the Assad Brothers, a world-beating Brazilian classical guitar duo, it’s perhaps no surprise that Clarice Assad’s star is rising. She’s certainly nothing if not ambitious, assembling here a cast of over 40 musicians playing almost as many genres: classical, Gypsy jazz, Afro-Brazilian percussion, Broadway musical and even hip-hop. Does it all hang together? Yes – surprisingly and wonderfully so." SONGLINES

"One listen to this release by Clarice Assad, and you’ll be dizzied by not only the prowess of this multi-talented artist, but by the variety as well. She sings, arranges, composes and plays the piano here on this collection of eleven varied and variegated pieces which include strings, horns, guitars and more moods than a Greek coffee shop." JAZZ WEEKLY

"smoking, sizzling date that takes world fusion to the next level of the game and sets some breathless standards and bench marks along the way. " Midwest Record

"Grandest is her teaming with Rei and a phalanx of backing singers on the jagged, mechanized “Revolta Das Flores.” Loveliest is “Perto Do Luar,” a gently flowing pas de deux with Souza. Most magical is “Why?,” a garden-bed showdown between a trembling pansy (soprano Yulia Van Doren), a plucky daisy (soprano Melissa Wegner) and the thundering Flower God (baritone Jonathan Kimple)." JAZZ TIMES

"Sublime vocals from Clarice Assad – a singer who's got some ties to older Brazilian traditions, but who also really makes things all her own – with a dynamic sense of phrasing that's perfectly backed up by some equally great instrumentation! Clarice handled all the arrangments – which blend flute, strings, vocals, and lots of deft percussion – but always in this lean way that moves along effortlessly with her beautiful vocals." DUSTY GROOVE

"Now I have checked out Home (2011), which features larger helping of neo-Tropicalia originals and covers and even more of Assad’s rollicking scat-singing. But it’s small-ensemble backing and I bet the more than 50 players and singers on Imaginarium are what she’s needed to get all her styles on display and in limber motion. It’s louder, faster, more insistent, includes more jazz, a winking passage of light opera and best of all a couple of outright jokes, which she needed more than was evident. And sure, pretty bell-like voice." MILES TO GO
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"She’s the most exciting Brazilian singer/pianist I’ve ever heard —and by a mile, too. As remarkable as Tania Maria has been for decades, she takes a definite back seat, at least, to 34-year-old singer, pianist, composer and arranger Clarice Assad."

- The Buffalo News

Recorded in a day after months of honing, the energy knocks you off your chair and makes itself a welcome resident of your choice of music device. Hot stuff that just doesn't know when to quit.

- Midwest Record

... talent quite beyond compare. There's certainly no one like her in Brazilian music.
- ALL MUSIC GUIDE

An Album To Die For
- Jazz Latin Network

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Clarice Assad, piano and vocals, Ethan Startzman, bass & Julien Augier, drums
Recorded at Big Twig Studios in 2007. Upstate NY
Label: NSS Music
Photos by Grant Leighton
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Assad's first independent release (2004)
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A Brazilian songbook - The Assad Family.
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> SEPHARDIC JOURNEY (2016) CAVATINA DUO (CEDILLE RECORDS)
Composition title: Sephardic Suite, For Flute, guitar & string quartet
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> LA VALSE (2016) WILL DUCHON (INDEPENDENT)
Composition title: Slow Waltz from
Impressions, for string orchestra.
Arranged for solo piano by Will Duchon.
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> ETERNA (2015) DE STEFANO, FORTINO (DOTGUITAR SRL)
Composition title: Brasileirinhas | Mercador de Sonhos (Guitar Duo)
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> ONDULANDO (2015) DUO ETERNA (DOTGUITAR SRL)
Composition title: The Last Song (Guitar Duo)
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> COLLAGE (2014) BEAT KAESTLI (INDEPENDENT)
Composition title: Comme En Plein Rêve (Clarice Assad/Antoine Loyer)
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Four Aces Guitar Quartet perform "D.A.N.Z.A by Clarice Assad.
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> FROM A TO Z (2014) NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (NSS MUSIC)
Composition title: Dreamscapes. Fantasia for Violin & Strings
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> VIVA BRASIL LIVE EP (2012) Odair assad, sergio assad, yo-yo ma & kathryn stott
(SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS) Composition title: The Last Song | Suite Back To Our Roots
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> MUSIC OF ASTOR PIAZZOLA (2010) CAVATINA DUO (BRIDGE RECORDS)
Composition title: Three Flute Etudes (Arranged by. C. Assad)
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> THE BALKAN PROJECT (2010) CAVATINA DUO (CEDILLE RECORDS)
Composition title: Three Balkan Dances
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> ORIGINIS, LIVE FROM BRAZIL (2010) (NSS MUSIC)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin - Sergio & Odair Assad |
Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, John Neschling conductor
| Composition title: Three Sketches
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> CHASING LIGHT (2010) SAN FRANCISCO GUITAR QUARTET (INDEPENDENT)
Composition title: Bluezilian. For Guitar Quartet
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> TOGETHER (2009) NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (NSS MUSIC)
Composition title: IMPRESSIONS, Suite For Chamber Orchestra
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> SPIRIT OF BRAZIL (2009) AQUARELLE GUITAR QUARTET (CHANDOS RECORDS)
Composition title: Danças Nativas & Bluezilian. For Guitar Quartet
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> JARDIM ABANDONADO, SERGIO & ODAIR ASSAD (2008) (Nonesuch)
Sergio & Odair Assad | Composition title: Valsas do Rio
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> BRAZIL (2007) LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET (TELARC RECORDS)
Composition title: Bluezilian. For Guitar Quartet
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> YO-YO MA AND FRIENDS (2008) (SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT)
Composition title: Família (Sergio & Clarice Assad)
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> MERRY: A HOLIDAY JOURNEY (2006) NADJA Salerno-Sonnenberg & Friends (NSS MUSIC)
Misc. arrangements of holiday themed music.
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> CONCERTOS in D MAJOR (2005) NADJA SALERNO-sonnenberg, violin -marin alsop, conductor (NSS MUSIC)
Composition title: Concerto For Violin & Orchestra
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> XEQUE-MATE (2003) BORIS GAQUERE (VGO RECORDINGS)
Composition title: Valsas do Rio, for two guitars.
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> VELHO RETRATO (1999) SERGIO ASSAD & GABRILELE MIRABASSI (EGEA)
Composition title: Flutuante, For Guitar & Clarinet.