Clarice Assad


UK VIbe Review of RELIQUIA - Sergio & Clarice Assad

This album got me thinking about the significance of family relationships in music. Am I the only one who thinks there must be something in the fact that there are quite so many familial connections in popular Brazilian music? The offspring of hugely successful artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi and Luiz Gonzaga have followed in their illustrious parent’s footsteps. Read More...

Jazz Latin Network Review of Clarice & Sergio Assad: Relíquia

Two years ago I signed off my critique of Clarice Assad’s album Imaginarium as being something to die for. A few days ago (August 6, 2016) I received my copy of Relíquia and I have to say that I would die again. There is a simple reason for being so besotted by Clarice Assad: she is a ‘heart’ singer and if one were to draw up a list of singers in Brasil or elsewhere, few – very few – come to mind. Elis Regina, perhaps, and Rosa Passos, maybe… But here Clarice Assad differs from those legendary singers in an elemental way. She is, to my mind, alone in her ability to unfold the cultural topography of Brasil like an elegant film, before your eyes. Read More...

KQED Review of Reliquia: Clarice & Sergio Assad

All the excitement of the Summer Olympics in Rio got me thinking about the long history of Brazilian music in California. In the 1940s, Carmen Miranda landed in Hollywood with her Bando da Lua, and Brazilian music hit the pop charts the early 1960s, when Americans took to the bossa nova.

Saint Paul City School Residency Video

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2016 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

In partnership with the acclaimed new music ensemble Sybarite5, the American Composers Forum announces the 2016 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest.

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Last Day of Workshop with students from the St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Last Day of Workshop with students from the St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts.
McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship - American Composers Forum


O Saci-Pererê

Concerto For Guitar & Chamber Orchestra

Commissioned by The Harris Foundation
Dedicated to Marc Teicholz
Premiered on Jan. 14th, 2016 at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Nicole Paiment, conductor Marc Teicholz, soloist

Program Notes by the composer
Saci-Pererê is a popular Braziilian mythological character I grew up reading about so much, I used to think it was real.  Part of my fascination with Saci as a child is that he's a magical being.   He’s also a very interesting looking creature: He is short, has only one leg but can move swiftly through the woods; he has dark, chocolate mocha skin and wears a red, magic cap that enables him be invisible, disappear and reappear whenever he wishes.  Myth has it that Saci can be very evil when and if he wishes to, though mostly towards people who are not nice.  So I guess that makes him a good guy in a way.  Other rumors I’ve heard about Saci is that he loves to play pranks on people, and sports a loud and boisterous laughter of delight whenever something goes wrong... Another facet of this incredible creature is that he becomes a bird, who sings a beautiful, mournful song.  As a bird, Saci is known as Matita-Perê. 

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