Taina Karr, oboe
Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin
Clarice Assad, piano / voice / double bass
Brandon Vance, violin
Alina To, violin
Heather Bentley, viola
Gretchen Yanover, cello
Clarice Assad – Synchronous for string quartet and solo oboe
Clarice Assad – Obrigado for string quartet and solo violin
Clarice Assad – Rodapião for string quartet and bass
Other works TBA
The extraordinary Brazilian-American composer, pianist, and vocalist Clarice Assad deftly spans the worlds of the classical, jazz, and Brazilian music. For this concert, in addition to performing solo works for piano and voice, she will also present three works for string quartet.
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’s music is a reflection of Brazil’s musical melting pot heritage of African rhythms mixed with European melodies and harmonies. Renowned for her musical scope and versatility, her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic range, Assad is a prolific Grammy-nominated composer with over 70 works to her credit. Her work has been commissioned internationally by organizations, festivals and artists, and are published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brasil (Brazil) and in the US by Virtual Artists Collective Publishing. Ms. Assad has released seven solo albums and appeared on or had her works performed on another 30. Her music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Nonesuch, Adventure Music, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA, and CHANDOS. Her award-winning Voxploration Series on music education, creation, songwriting and improvisation has been presented throughout the United States, Brazil, Europe and the Middle East.