Versatile, sophisticated, and accomplished, Clarice Assad is a sought after symphonic composer, arranger, producer, jazz pianist, and vocalist of musical depth and ability. Her music embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original musical concepts. Her music has been recorded and performed by the most prominent soloists, conductors and orchestras in the world today including violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Mike Marshall, The Assad Brothers, conductors Marin Alsop, David Alan Miller and Christoph Eschenbach; Chanticleer, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo and the New Century Chamber Orchestra to name a few. Ms. Assad is the recipient of such awards as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards, Meet The Composer’s Van Lier Fellowship, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Latin Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition. She has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Fundação OSESP, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, PRO MUSICA Chamber Orchestra, the BRAVO! Music Festival, La Jolla Music Festival, among others. Assad has been the principal staff arranger for the New Century Chamber Orchestra since 2006. Clarice has also written for theater and ballet. As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs and jazz standards.
In this episode Clarice discusses the endless possibilities in new music and the power of letting go.
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