VOXPLORATION: AN OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR SPONTANEOUS MUSIC CREATION

VOXPLORATION is Clarice Assad's award winning research-based workshop on spontaneous music creation and improvisation, where participants use solely the voice and the body as an instrument. This versatile workshop can take many different forms and work in multiple scenarios as a standalone force, or across multiple disciplines such as theater, dance, musical theater and other art forms.

"VOX" has received awards from Brazilian foundations such as CAIXA CULTURAL and SESC, as well as American grants from New Music USA and the McKnight Foundation. It has traveled to Brazil, Qatar, Europe and has been taught extensively in the United States, creating ripples of positive and lasting effects in many young and adult people's lives.

scroll down to explore some of the collaborative work made possible through the support of several wonderful organizations.

Massive Collaborations

VOXPLORATION WORKSHOP & THE BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA
Clarice’s skills as composer, singer, pianist, and improviser have enabled her to collaborate with Boston musicians of many ages and backgrounds. Clarice, joined by percussionist Keita Ogawa led workshops at three separate youth programs. At Camp Harbor View, they have made glorious music with singer David Fuller and the young campers of his Music Club. At ZUMIX in East Boston, they have jammed with young students and with faculty members Sissy Castrogiovanni and Jenny Shulman, under the care and guidance of ZUMIX Co-Founder and Executive Director Madeleine Steczynski. A third group helped launch the final concert: the Brazilian drumming ensemble Grooversity, led by the charismatic Marcus Santos. His ensemble comprises musicians from the Berklee College of Music and younger students as well.
The following featurette was produced by Charlotte Schoenthaler. 
ABOUT THE PIECE:
"CIRANDADA" is a word play on the term "CIRANDA" which is a type of music and dance from the Northeastern part of Brazil.  Although not all of the songs included in this piece are from that region, the word "CIRANDA" is also characterized by the formation of a small or large circle of people, who gather to perform this music by singing, playing and dancing. The folk music of Brazil is also largely associated with children, for its simplistic and playful nature.
LISTEN TO THE FINALE
a vibrant, gear-shifting fantasy on Brazilian melodies and dance rhythms.
The New York Times

The Residency of Clarice Assad was made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

Conductor Christopher Wilkins on BNN News

Literacy Through Songwriting

VOX AS A TOOL TO EMPOWER YOUNG WOMEN TO ACHIEVE GREATER MEANS OF SELF-EXPRESSION
HACKETT MIDDLE SCHOOL (2014)

This video contains footage from Assad's residency at the Hackett Middle School, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The dynamic young Brazilian- American composer Clarice Assad served as Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-Educator partner, curating a major educational project with a local school during her residency, and joined the orchestra for a performance of her Concerto for Scat-Singer, Piano and Orchestra. The season's opening concert featured a newly commissioned work by Ms. Assad.

PRESS & RESOURCES
ORCHESTRATING CREATIVITY - Composer Clarice Assad helps young girls overcome the kind of shyness she once felt
TIMES UNION (ARTICLE)

THE ALBANY SYMPHONY - A look into the life of Clarice Assad
SAINT PAUL CITY SCHOOL (2016)
This video was the final project created by students at the Saint Paul City School in St. Paul, MN during Assad's residency on a McKnight Fellowship in 2016.

VOXPLORATION [EM CENA]

IMPROVISED MUSIC, THEATER AND STORYTELLING
Upon being awarded a prestigious Brazilian grant from CAIXA CULTURAL, Clarice Assad and the actress-producer Andrea Santiago partnered up to create VOXploration Em Cena, mixing musical and theatrical elements in a creative way. The grant allowed both artists to travel to four cities in Brazil: Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza and Brasília. The workshop, which was free for all, had participants from diverse backgrounds volunteer to spend 4 hours of daily practice - that culminated on magical improvised performances.
WATCH SCENES FROM VOXPLORATION EM CENA IN THE CITY OF RECIFE:

VOXPLORATION

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

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