Clarice Assad


Amazônia Sem Lei



AMAZÔNIA SEM LEI, “Lawless Amazon,” is a well-known Brazilian term to designate how corporate institutions are not accountable for their ruthless greed and actions against nature and people who live off the land. The expression is also the title of an incredible podcast that inspired this work, “AMAZÔNIA SEM LEI,” for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology musical ensembles: A 20-minute piece for wind ensemble, choir, jazz ensemble, violin, and myself on vocals. The literature derives from the podcast and influential sociology books by renowned authors such as Darcy Ribeiro. The text is by composer, performer, and poet Thiago Amud. Our goal is to bring attention to the current situation by unifying the power of informative journalism with music and poetry so that we can perceive the issue from different perspectives.    We need to bring the subject to light constantly. I hope you will be part of this journey with us!



AMAZÔNIA SEM LEI Podcast & Team Members


Reportagem: Anna Beatriz dos Anjos, Bianca Muniz, Bruno Fonseca, Ciro Barros, Caio de Freitas Paes, Clarissa Levy, Dyepson Martins, Rafael Oliveira, Thiago Domenici. 

Roteiro, produção e edição: Clarissa Levy, Marianna Romano, Ricardo Terto, Vitor Coroa. 

Coordenação geral: Thiago Domenici

Diretora de comunicação: Marina Dias 

Can we save ourselves?

The Tragedy of Deforestation

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most important ecosystems on Earth. It’s home to millions of species of plants and animals, and it plays a vital role in regulating the planet’s climate. But the Amazon forest is under threat. Over the past few decades, deforestation has caused the rainforest to shrink by an area the size of Delaware. And much of that deforestation has been driven by corporate greed. 


My personal story about the Amazon forest and the native people who want to live in their lands is an old tale. And it begins with music. In the video below, you can watch a mini-documentary by the Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo featuring my earliest works, “Nhanderú” which is the Tupi-Guarani word for ” God.” 

Concerto Digital: Floresta Villa-Lobos (Osesp, Coro da Osesp, Marin Alsop e solistas)

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The Causes of Amazon Deforestation

Deforestation happens when trees are cut down and the land is cleared for other uses, such as agriculture or housing. Cattle ranching is responsible for 80% of Amazon’s deforestation. And though cattle industry is a significant driver of economic growth in Brazil, but it also contributes to deforestation. Brazil is now the world’s largest exporter of beef. Soybean production is another major cause of Amazon deforestation. Like cattle ranching, soybean production requires large amounts of land. In 2006, Brazil overtook the United States as the world’s largest producer of soybeans. 

Deforestation has devastating consequences for both the environment and local communities.
Amazônia Sem Lei Podcast

The loss of trees reduces the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed from the atmosphere and creates greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Deforestation also destroys the habitat of plants and animals, putting them at risk of extinction.  In addition to its environmental impacts, deforestation harms local communities that depend on the forest for their livelihoods. Indigenous peoples have been displaced and even killed as a result of deforestation.  If we’re going to save the Amazon—and ourselves—we need to hold corporations accountable for their role in this crisis.

Creating The Piece

In this section, I will discuss the making of this project. It will include videos, interviews, some excerpts of the music and lyrics, and social media posts starting to chime in:  Now with  my choices of musical instruments.  

Meet the Sundrum

This remarkable drum is 100% acoustic and tuneable! Each tongue can be tuned to different pitched so the possibilities are endless.  Made by Valter Percussion 

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