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 several 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.
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.
"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.
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.
Literacy Through Songwriting
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.