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Brazilian-American composer, vocalist and pianist.
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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.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS
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HOCUS POCUS, a new work for two guitars gets a sounding premiere by Duo Noire
One 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-Dispatch
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Kicking 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."
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UPCOMING: WEST COAST PREMIERE OF "NHANDERU" BY THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC
A 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.
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BRAZILIAN FANFARE GOES TO THE UK WITH NORTHERN LUSOFONIA
Northern 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 is quite simply a phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime"

- LATIN JAZZ NETWORK

"… a talent quite beyond compare. "

- ALL MUSIC GUIDE

"Vibrant, gear-shifting...a charismatic singer "

- The New York Times

"Dazzling Vocal Soloist "

- LA Times
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