Clarice Assad

(2016) Hocus Pocus

Duration: 10 minutes Commissioned by the Duo Noire & The Diller-Quaile School of Music

I. Abracadabra !

II. Shamans

III. Klutzy Witches

The album opens with a tantalizing three-movement tour-de-force called Hocus Pocus. The composer, Clarice Assad, is the daughter of a member of one of the world’s great guitar duos (the Assad Brothers), and she plays guitar herself. It shows in this piece–in a good way. Each movement illustrates a distinct characteristic sound in the guitars: the first movement is clownish, the second features playful and sudden contrasts between lyricism and improvised sound effects, and the third movement concludes the piece with jaunty flair. 


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