Described by the LA Times as a “dazzling vocal soloist” and by Gramophone as “one of Brazil’s most brilliant young composers,” Clarice Assad is a sought-after composer, arranger, pianist, and vocalist of musical depth and ability. Her music embraces a wide variety of styles.
Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs and jazz standards and has performed at venues such as the Caramoor Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Zankell hall, Concertgebow, San Francisco Jazz, among others.
She is the recipient of the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards, Van Lier Fellowship, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Latin Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition. She has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Fundação OSESP, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Concordia Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, PRO MUSICA Chamber Orchestra, and the BRAVO Music Festival. Assad has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Yo-Yo Ma, the Assad brothers, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the LA Guitar Quartet, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida Kavafian, Mike Marshall and Derek Bermel, to name a few.
In 2014 Assad serves as Albany Orchestra’s Composer-Educator partner, curating an educational project with a local school, and will join the orchestra for a performance of her Concerto for Scat-Singer, Piano and Orchestra in May 2014. Assad is a resident artist at the American Lyric Theater, writing an one act opera which will be premiered in NYC in July 2014, and is currently on tour with her project VOXPloration, a workshop on vocal improvisation and body percussion for underprivileged children and adolescents in Brazil. The project is made possible through a grant from Caixa Cultural Federal.
Assad’s Dreamscapes, for solo violin and string orchestra, will feature Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on Sunday, August 10, during the Music at the Mission Grand Finale concerts in San Juan Bautista.
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