Sergio and Clarice Assad, guitar
October 29, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
October 30, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, $35
“Magical . . . spellbinding, an exquisite blend of Jazz, Chôro, Bossa Nova and Classical . . . an ‘homage’ to the musical legacy of their family.”
The musical history of the Assad Family began in the 1950s with Seu Jorge, a self-taught mandolinist, and his wife Dona Ica, praised by the LA Times as “The Billie Holiday of Brazil.” Together they passed their passion for music on to their children, Sérgio, Odair, and Badi, but they never imagined that it would blossom into the phenomenon that would make “Assad” musicians known all over the world.
A powerful communicator renowned for her musical scope and versatility, Clarice Assad is a significant artistic voice in the classical, world music, pop, and jazz genres.
A Grammy-nominated composer, celebrated pianist, inventive vocalist, and educator, she is renowned for her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic range. With her talent sought-after by artists and organizations worldwide, the multi-talented musician continues to attract new audiences both onstage and off.
The idea for the collaborative venture came from Sérgio Assad, who dreamt of introducing multiple generations of the family on stage together, performing a century of Brazilian music of disparate styles. Whether the songs flow from a shared formative experience of musical tradition or a shared genetic makeup may be impossible to know—but when the end result is emotionally moving to the listener, that question is probably irrelevant.
After touring for over a decade with the family in such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Belgium and Le Casino de Paris in Paris, Sérgio and Clarice Assad embarked on a duo project. They have toured extensively in the United States and recorded a duo album for the label Adventure Music in 2016 called Relíquia. Most recently, the duo began a collaboration with Third Coast Percussion, recording the CD Archetypes, which has received wonderful accolades from Classics Today, DC Metro, Classical Music Sentinel, and Gramophone.
Clarice and Sérgio share their timeless passion for music composition and performance, together reimagining old classics and writing new works as a collaborative team. The family essence is ever-present, wrapped in the warmth and intricacies of ancestry and connection.