Clarice Assad

Bluezilian - Program Notes

The original concept for this piece was my father's idea, who at the time had a prospective project for a program that would include only music from South and North America.

The original concept for this piece was my father's idea, who at the time had a pro- spective project for a program that would include only music from South and North America. He wanted an encore-like piece that comprised elements from both continents and I started working on it during the summer of 2004, finishing it after two months. However, the original project was discontinued and the piece ended up in the drawer... but only for a little while... Bluezilian got its premiere in 2006 by the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.
This piece came to me very naturally, I guess in part because I feel very close to blues, jazz and Brazilian styles. It is made up of a few main themes, which are woven to- gether and were written to work in their own individual styles, but which can also be shaped to crossover among themselves. It uses rhythms such as samba and baião in the Brazilian portion, as well as rhythms and colors that are found in North American blues, rock and jazz. Thus, the title.
This three minute, single movement work was lot of fun to write (even though it takes me forever to get from one place to the next on the guitar !)