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Clarice and Sergio Assad

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A serious triple threat

San Francisco Chronicle

Assad rejoices through singing, her multifaceted talent uncontainable as she energetically bends music to her will and reshapes it with fascinating results.

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A phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime

—Latin Jazz Network

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.

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, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, San Francisco Jazz Center, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, Casino de Paris in Paris, France, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Hailed by the Los Angeles 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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