CLARICE ASSAD

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A versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication, Clarice Assad is making her mark in the music world in not one, but three areas: as a pianist, as a vocalist and as a composer. A seasoned performer, Clarice Assad is also an accomplished composer whose work is sought out by musicians for its fluid blending of classical and jazz elements, subtly infused with the Latin rhythms of her native Brazil.

Clarice Assad's commissions include the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, commissioned by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Sketches, a set of works for two guitars and violin; premiered by the Assad brothers and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Brazilian Fanfare commissioned by conductor Bob Bernhert (to be premiered in 2006); Symmetries; works for saxophone and piano premiered by Chicago
Symphony Orchestra's organist David Schrader and saxophonist Taku Akyiama in 2002; numerous works for guitars such as Valsas do Rio, a piece for two guitars dedicated to the Godwin-Thomson guitar duo, later recorded in 2003 for Vgo Recordings, Inc. by guitarists Boris Gaquere and Odair Assad (publisher: Editions Lemoine, France), and Flutuante for guitar and clarinet, commissioned and recorded in 1999 by guitarist Sergio Assad and clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi on the Edizioni Discografiche label.