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Composer Clarice Assad

Sat 7.28 & Sun 7.29

Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra


Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "serious triple threat," and "an arranger and orchestrator of great imagination" by San Francisco Classical Voice, Grammy award nominee Clarice Assad is making her mark in the music world as a pianist, arranger, vocalist and a composer. A versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication, her works have been published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), and in the United States (Virtual Artists Collective Publishing), and have been performed in Europe, South America, the United States and Japan. Assad's music often has a thematic core, and explores the physical and psychological elements of the chosen story or concept. With a repertoire in continuous expansion, her work is sought out by both classical and jazz musicians.

Assad's music has been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians on the scene today, including names such as violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Iwao Furusawa, violoncellist Yo-Yo Ma, the guitarists Assad Brothers, the LA Guitar Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Cavatina Duo, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, as well as conductors Marin Alsop, Christoph Eshcenbach, Robert Bernhardt, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Carlos Miguel Prieto Alondra de la Parra, among others. Her compositions and arrangements have been recorded on Sony Classical, Universal Music, NSS Music, Nonsuch, Chandos Records, Telarc and Rob Digital in Brazil. Her music has received awards such as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards, American Composers Forum Encore award, Meet The Composer's Van Lier Fellowship, a Grammy nomination for best contemporary classical composition, and has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players, Ethos Percussion Group, the Cavatina Duo, the LA Guitar Quartet, Aquarelle guitar quartet, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, to name a few.

Works for theater and ballet include Ópera das Pedras, written and directed by visual artist Denise Milan and co-directed by Mabou Mine's co-founder and director Lee Breuer; an original soundtrack for the play A Lição de Anatomia by Argentinian playwright Carlos Mathus, the ballet Steps to Grace, by choreographer Lou Fancher and Essentials of Flor by Kristi Spessard. Assad's IMPRESSIONS, suite for chamber orchestra is being choreographed this season by Steve Rooks for the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana.

As a performer, Clarice Assad has received high acclaim for performances of both her original compositions and standards in jazz and Brazilian music. Assad, whose interpretations have been described as "inimitable, unlike anyone else's" (Jazz Improv Magazine), “soulfully intense” (San Francisco Classical Voice) has been hailed by the New York Times as an “eclectic and charismatic singer” and described by Jazz TImes as "a fine classical and jazz pianist, composer and jazz-infused pop stylist." She has performed extensively throughout the USA, Brazil and Europe.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Clarice Assad was born into one of Brazil's most famous musical families and has performed professionally since the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, in Chicago, IL, and a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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