Clarice Assad, Monday, October 1, 2012

Clarice Assad
Monday, October 1, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… a serious triple threat… a veritable musical dynamo.” – San Francisco Chronicle

A bold composer, a brilliant pianist, and an inventive vocalist all rolled into one, Clarice Assad floats freely across musical idioms, drawing on an array of sounds from Amazon forest wildlife to operatic arias. A classically-trained pianist, Assad is deeply rooted in the earthy, folkloric rhythms of Brazil, and she has captured the attention of international audiences with her stunning talent. The term “world music” is redundant when applied to her style, a reflection of Brazil’s musical melting pot heritage of African rhythms mixed with European melodies and harmonies. The Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music recently performed one of her symphonic works for the Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra. Home is the title of Assad’s latest CD.

A member of one of Brazil’s famous musical dynasties, Clarice Assad’s father is Sergio Assad, a well-known guitarist and composer. She grew up in Rio de Janeiro and first began performing professionally at the age of seven. Her formal studies were in classical piano, but Assad was also deeply influenced by, and drawn to, Brazil’s rich polyglot of folkloric music:  samba, baiao, maracatu, and many other rhythms and forms that grew out an olio of European and African cultures. After completing her studies in Brazil, she came to the United States to attend the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in music. She went on to study music at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, where she earned her Masters degree in composition.

Over the years, Assad has built an impressive career as a performer recognized internationally for her individualistic talents. Her vocal style is her most distinguishing characteristic, traversing the path from operatic-like tour de forces to earthy, simple folk melodies. On some compositions, she may imitate the sounds of the Brazilian rain forest, or mimic the rhythmic cadence of percussion instruments, weaving it all into a surprising sonic tapestry. Assad is equally adept on the piano. A dynamic keyboardist, endowed with classically-inspired virtuosity, she never allows technique to trump the emotional content of the music, or indulge in pyrotechnics for the sake of pyrotechnics. For Assad, her intent is always to let the music speak for itself.

Clarice Assad

DATE: Monday, October 1, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Laura Grant

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