Clarice Assad


(2022) Mosaic Variations

For Guitar Orchestra

For Guitar Orchestra | + version for solo guitar and string quartet

SEE ALSO: The Mosaic Project /Patchwork Quilt

MOSAIC VARIATIONS is a composition written by Clarice Assad and the students of Austin Classical Guitar.


Classical guitar students get a master class from a Grammy-nominated composer.

KUT 90.5 | By Claire McInerny

Published December 23, 2021 at 11:55 AM CST

People wearing masks playing guitars
Composer Clarice Assad rehearses a song with students from Austin Classical Guitar.

Around 50 teenagers sat in folding chairs, their feet propped up to raise their guitars. Many were plucking lightly at the strings as they waited for rehearsal to start.

Typically, Austin Classical Guitar instructors go to Austin ISD schools to work with students during the school day. But this semester, the nonprofit created a new opportunity for these musicians.

It arranged for Clarice Assad, a Brazilian composer, pianist, and singer, to come to Austin and work with the students. Assad has been nominated for three Grammys for her work on an album called Archetypes.

“The opportunity to work face to face with one of the most exciting musicians in the world right now is, I think, the perfect thing for this moment,” Travis Marcum, ACG’s director of music, said. Like most things in the last two years, the program was dramatically changed by the pandemic. “The students that I work with are really yearning for energy in this moment,”  
he said.


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