Clarice Assad


OUT NOW: Windows to the World. A Tribute to Milton Nascimento

Release: 12th September 2022

“a reimagining of Milton Nascimento’s timeless songs”

There is no shortage of adjectives to paint a shining picture of Milton Nascimento’s singular contribution to the landscape of Brazilian music. For decades, his work inspired generations of artists across musical genres and the entire planet. We are some of them. 

I was born into the music of this iconic singer-songwriter, absorbing it before I could barely speak. Years later, in the ’90s, I listened attentively to Milton’s music as an adolescent. In my twenties, his music followed me to the United States and into the twenty-first century. I started the lengthy process of studying his music in reverse, dating back to his first musical project, and concluded: His music feels timeless. Even the earliest arrangements of the late ’60s and ’70s seem to belong in the present: the songs and the stories in these verses are very much alive today. I incorporated his music into my repertoire little by little, and some of them landed on this album. 

During a Denmark tour in 2018, my good friend Johan suggested we recorded it. He rented a space, called some friends in common, and we registered most of the songs included here in one swift afternoon. Such a joy to spend an intense few hours with incredibly talented musicians.  

I invited my brother Rodrigo Assad and singer Muato to add beautiful vocals into the mix. I asked my old-time friend and collaborator, percussionist Keita Ogawa, for much-needed special guest participation: We spent almost a decade performing Milton’s music worldwide as a duo. Together, we are happy to be a part of the perpetuation of Nascimento’s musical legacy, into re-imagined interpretations of his timeless songs, which reign supreme as one of Brazil’s most remarkable cultural treasures. 

Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer-pianist Clarice Assad leads a European trio and host of special guests in an intimate tribute to iconic singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento.

Out on September 12th, Window to the World takes inspiration from one of Brazil’s most prized cultural treasures and has inspired generations of artists across musical genres and borders. 

“I was born into the music of this iconic singer-songwriter, absorbing it before I could barely speak” – Clarice Assad.

With most of the album recorded on a single afternoon in a Copenhagen studio, it’s a stripped-back collection of piano- and vocal-led arrangements that showcase the group’s spontaneity, playfulness, and joy at celebrating Brazil’s icon. 

Lush vocals, energetic accordion solos (Francesco Calì), delicate drum grooves (Johan Dynnesen), and the supple bass lines of Jesper Bodilsen are augmented by the layered percussion of Keita Ogawa (with whom Assad toured as a duo for ten years playing Nascimento’s music) and guest vocals from Clarice’s brother Rodrigo Assad and singer Muato.

Capturing the essence and spirit of Nascimento’s songs, the ensemble imparts their identities into nine reimaginings, juxtaposing moments of dark harmony and tension against infectiously upbeat Brazilian grooves. 

Line up

Clarice Assad | vocals, piano

Johan Dynnesen | drums​

Jesper Bodilsen | bass

Francesco Calì | accordion​


Keita Ogawa | percussion (tracks 1 & 4)​

Rodrigo Assad | voice (tracks 3 & 8)

Muato | voice (tracks 1 & 7)

Track Listing

Canção do Sal – Milton Nascimento & Fernando Brant
Clube da Esquina nº 1 – Milton Nascimento/ Lô Borges / Marcio Borges
Janela para o Mundo – Milton Nascimento & Fernando Brant
Milagre dos Peixes – Milton Nascimento & Fernando Brant
Saudades dos Aviões da Panair (Conversando No Bar) – Milton Nascimento & Fernando Brant
Nada Será Como Antes – Milton Nascimento & Ronaldo Bastos
Clube Da Esquina nº 2 – Milton Nascimento/ Lô Borges / Marcio Borges
Morro Velho – Milton Nascimento & Fernando Brant

*Medley: Caxaná (Milton Nascimento / Fernando Brant) Fe Cega, Faca Amolada (Milton Nascimento / Ronaldo Bastos), Paula e Bebeto (Milton Nascimento / Caetano Veloso)

OUT NOW: Windows to the World. A Tribute to Milton Nascimento

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