"A talent quite beyond compare. There’s certainly no one like [Clarice Assad] in Brazilian music . . . ” —All Music Guide
"Her multi-faceted talent uncontainable as she energetically bends music to her will and reshapes it with fascinating results.” —Jazz Improv Magazine
“a phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime” —LatinJazzNet.com
"Clarice constantly captivates, whether singing in Portuguese, delivering wordless vocals, or taking to the piano bench, and Sérgio, likewise, manages to seduce with his every gesture on guitar.” —www.allaboutjazz.com
"One of the most important classical guitarists of the age giving his daughter the chance to show the musical DNA he passed on to her which she has been making the most of as a vocalist . . . A dazzling, stunning set.” —www.midwestrecord.com
"Magical . . . spellbinding, an exquisite C blend of Jazz, Choro, Bossa Nova and Classical . . . an ‘homage’ to the musical legacy of their family.” —www.ukvibe.org
"Clarice’s singing touches the soul of the listener with its suggestion of a falling brook, its dramatic glissandos and sudden leaps that cut through the air . . . rocks and sways with the pulsating life of Brazil.” —worldmusicreport.com
Clarice and Sérgio Assad
Brazilian Jazz Vocals, Samba and Guitar—A Rare Father-Daughter Collaboration!
Clarice Assad, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, composer and pianist, and her father, guitarist Sérgio Assad, of the legendary Assad Brothers.
Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy nominated composer, pianist and vocalist of musical depth and ability. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a serious triple threat", Assad is a vibrant, highly prolific and commissioned composer. Carefully crafted colorful textures permeate her soulful and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.
World premieres for the 2017 season include commissions by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Duo Noire, the Boston Classical Guitar Society, The Chicago Sinfonietta, OCAM, Jazz Meets Classical, arrangements for the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer, among other exciting projects. Assad joined her family for a tour in May and August in Brazil, and then spent a month in Denmark for residency working with stellar local artists and giving workshops and masterclasses in the Copenhagen area.
Assad has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Albany Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Ms. Assad is the recipient of such awards as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards in composition, Meet The Composer's Van Lier Fellowship, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Lyric Theater, the Mcknight Visiting Composer Fellowship, the Jerome Foundation, American Composer Forum, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition.
As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs, world music and jazz standards. She has performed at venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and Doha, Qatar, the Caramoor International Jazz Festival, Carnegie hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Concertgebow in Amsterdam, San Francisco Jazz, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, Le Casino de Paris in Paris, France and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Hailed by the LA Times as “A dazzling soloist,” Assad sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and incorporating an exciting vocabulary of extended techniques into her music.
Assad’s music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA and CHANDOS labels. She has recorded four solo albums, the latest titled “IMAGINARIUM”, which features over 50 guests: a combination of professional and amateur instrumentalists and singers, which has received stellar reviews from Jazz Times, Jazz Weekly, World Music Report and Songlines, among other publications. The album was rated “the most startling Brazilian jazz album in years” and Assad was voted highly among the “Top 10 artists influencing Brazilian music today” by Wondering Sound.