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 equally comfortable as a performer and band leader.   Her music is vibrant, diverse, soulful, colorful. Carefully crafted textures permeate her musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.  

World premieres for the 2015–16 season include 
Godai The Five Elements , written in collaboration with poet Steve Shroeder for speaking pianist, commissioned and premiered by Inna Faliks at Barge Music in NYC,  Cirandadas , to be premiered by the Boston Landmarks Symphony Orchestra in a a joyful collaboration with neighborhood ensembles in music inspired by folk dance, storytelling and memories of childhood -  Synchronous  - an oboe concerto for Liang Wang and string quartet to be premiered at the La Jolla Music Festival.  Early In 2016, Assad’s guitar concerto “O Saci-Pererê” will be premiered by Marc Teicholz at the San Francisco Conservatory under the baton of conductor Nicole Paiment. “ Z Sonata ” a new work commissioned by Opus One (Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley) will be premiered at the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in Florida.  Also in 2016,  Sephardic Suite , a 20 minute piece for the Cavatina duo and  the Avalon string quartet will be premiered at the Ravinia Festival.  
Assad’s music has also been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Fundação OSESP,  Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the New Chamber Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Harris Foundation, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the BRAVO! Music Festival, La Jolla Music Festival, among others.  Her works has been recorded and performed by some of  the most prominent soloists and conductors today, including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Marshall, the Turtle Island String Quartet, LA Guitar Quartet, Anne-Marie McDermott, Eugene Zuckerman, Ida Kadafian, Chanticleer, among others.  Her music has been performed by internationally acclaimed orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Queensland Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, led by some of today’s most exciting conductors such as  Marin Alsop, David Alan Miller, Alondra de la Parra and Christoph Eschenbach.  

Assad recently served as Composer-in-Residence for the Albany Symphony.  She has also been featured as a resident composer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and is currently resident composer with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Moab Music Festival 
 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.   
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bostonlandmarksorch - 14 Jul 2015
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